Our Parish Programs Archives: From the Pastor Desk

Let’s Get Real

Happy May Day! And Happy Suppressed Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker! It’s suppressed only because this year it falls on Sunday. At any rate this year is one third over with, and landmark events continue to accumulate. A week … Continue reading

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Existentialism

Back in college, I had a professor who was much enamored of Albert Camus, the French author and Existentialist. Existentialism was very much the rage back then. Personally, I preferred Jean Paul Sartre when it came to Existentialists, but one … Continue reading

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Truism

Who reads the St. Anselm Parish bulletin? Some very high-powered people, like you. And you keep me honest. I can’t say just anything. Last week I received a letter from Monsanto Corporation which kindly pointed out that something I said … Continue reading

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Breaking Ground

Here it is April already. And if all goes as planned, Haiti will finally elect a new president on April 24. Of course, all does not usually go as planned in Haiti but still life goes on. I had a … Continue reading

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Divine Mercy

Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. And I have a picture in my cell phone to remind me that the origin of the Biblical word for ‘mercy’ is the mother. The picture is just about 100 years old and its colors … Continue reading

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Unbelievable

If Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins. Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are the most … Continue reading

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Hard Choices

Today we celebrate Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem and his being hailed as a king by joyful crowds waving palm branches. Jesus rides in on a donkey, which is not a kingly beast. At the end of the last Church year … Continue reading

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New Order

New order. That’s such a nice phrase. Hitler found it quite gemütlich. George H.W. Bush used it a bit in describing the goals of the alliance he assembled in Gulf War I. And there was a talented and popular New … Continue reading

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Joy and Pain

Over last weekend I had two great ideas that I could choose from as the subject of my column this week. Had is the operative word. I cannot remember either of them. This is part of the discomfort that comes … Continue reading

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Parish Mission

This week we have a Parish Mission. Welcome to the fabulous Gielow Brothers! The Universal Church itself is a mission from Jesus Christ to the world, so this Parish Mission is one way to participate in this great 2,000 year … Continue reading

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