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These podcasts feature homilies given at Mass and commentaries on various eclectic topics.
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Twice in today's short gospel Saint John the Baptist says, "I did not know him." This line struck me because there can be a temptation in thinking that knowing a lot about Jesus is the same as knowing him. But if Saint John the Baptist is an example, then we know that we learn more about Jesus when we really know Jesus. Knowing Jesus, having a relationship with Jesus, and seeing that relationship take root when we become disciples of his, is a good goal for all of us. Continue reading Do you know about Jesus or do you know Jesus? at The DePorres Pages.
Beginnings and Endings

Beginnings and Endings

2020-01-19--:--:--

One of the first workshops on education I attended emphasized the importance of beginnings and endings when it came to individual classes, and the semester. In today's readings we hear about two people who begin a new life in God. Yet their lives end quite differently. Hear about the power of God's grace. Continue reading Beginnings and Endings at The DePorres Pages.
9 Days for Life is a multi-faceted novena for the respect and protection of human life. Each day, a different intention is accompanied by a short reflection, suggested actions, and related information. Sign up to receive the novena by email, text message, or an app at www.9daysforlife.com. Continue reading Nine Days for Life Novena: Intro at The DePorres Pages.
It will come as no surprise to those who know me, but I am not always at my best. Sometimes I am cranky, don't listen and am too opinionated, to name only a few of my faults. And sometimes I wrongly judge people. And I sometimes get angry at God. But today's first reading should serve as a reminder that even when we are not at our best, God can still use us for good. Continue reading God can bring good from your worst at The DePorres Pages.
Why did John baptize Jesus?

Why did John baptize Jesus?

2020-01-13--:--:--

In the early Church, there was some confusion about why Jesus was baptized by John. We see even John the Baptist has a question about the appropriateness of his baptizing Jesus. The gospel of John mentions a few times that John the Baptist was not the light, not the one coming into the world. So why, then? As we have seen all throughout the Christmas season, the Baptism of Jesus is one more way we see the divinity of Jesus manifest. Continue reading Why did John baptize Jesus? at The DePorres Pages.
It all starts with God

It all starts with God

2020-01-09--:--:--

At the beginning of a new civil year, the focus can be on making resolutions. More than that, the focus can be simply on our own effort to accomplish these resolutions. We must work harder. We must put in more effort. We must do it ourselves. In today's first reading from Saint John, we learn the most important truth. It all starts with God. We can love because God first loved us. So seek his grace. Continue reading It all starts with God at The DePorres Pages.
Given to give

Given to give

2020-01-07--:--:--

Where have you seen Jesus?

Where have you seen Jesus?

2020-01-05--:--:--

Whom do you trust?

Whom do you trust?

2019-12-22--:--:--

A bird in the hand

A bird in the hand

2019-12-20--:--:--

This past Sunday was the fifth anniversary of my father's death. And Facebook pleasantly (if not creepily) reminded me of this event. And as my father died from dementia, I was happy to see so many happy photographs of my dad. It reminds me that as we enter into these last few days before Advent, it is as if we are getting little reminders of the key events of the coming of Jesus. We will hear today's gospel again on Sunday, for example. But it is also a reminder that God continually is coming into our lives. When are the moments you have felt so clearly God's presence in your life? Continue reading He is still Emmanuel – God with us at The DePorres Pages.
What do you want from God? What is it you are looking for? So much of our lives are spent seeking something. But we do not always know what it is. Sometimes we want success without effort. We want to be filled with things that make us empty. We want deep friendship or marriage without sacrifice. Today the people are asked just what they are looking for in God. And this is the question for Advent. Continue reading What did you go out to see? Whom do you seek? at The DePorres Pages.
Mary knew God-with-us

Mary knew God-with-us

2019-12-13--:--:--

Life is filled with brokenness. We do not need to look very far at all to see the ways in which sin and suffering are present in our world. In the midst of this, God remains present in our midst. And during the season of Advent, Jesus is very much present to us in the example given my his mother. May we pray that just as Mary knew and followed God, so too may we. Continue reading Mary knew God-with-us at The DePorres Pages.
I would call it a weakness in me, but every time I hear the story of the shepherd who leaves the 99 sheep to search after the lost sheep, I cannot help but think of the poor economics at work. Why leave the 99, 99 percent of your flock, for one sheep who may have already been killed by a wolf. Truth is, the gospel is not always logical. It is not logical for a God of justice to temper that with mercy. It is an act of love. And searching out the lost sheep is a completely different story when I am the one God is seeking. Use this season of advent to allow yourself to be found by God. Continue reading God's ultimate power – the power to save at The DePorres Pages.
Can you imagine how overwhelmed the Blessed Mother was when the angel appeared to her? Or the amazement of Elizabeth when she became pregnant? This weekend a Christian Brother, a martyr, was beatified. Could he have ever imagined he would grow up to give his life for his faith in Jesus? What of you? God can do magnificent things with you. Let Him. Continue reading God can do magnificent things with you – Let Him at The DePorres Pages.
God has a plan for you. How often do we hear these words? God has a plan for us. We know it. But do we really let the power, length and breadth of God's plan sink in? God's plan for us is eternal, infinite and magnificent. God's plan takes us beyond who we are today. But do we really reflect on our relationship with God, and are we willing to go wherever God leads us? Each year the Church gives us the season of Advent to listen. Will you? Continue reading Not a last-minute haphazard plan at The DePorres Pages.
Are you strong?

Are you strong?

2019-12-05--:--:--

The wolf shall be a guest of the lamb. The leopard shall lie down with the kid. The calf and the young lion shall browse together. The cow and the bear shall be neighbors. The lion shall eat hay like the ox. The baby shall play by the cobra's den. The child lay his hand on the adder's lair. These seem like impossible things. Unbelievable, magical thinking. But the reality is that when we take seriously what God can do, amazing things do indeed happen. If you take Advent seriously, you too can expect the impossible. Continue reading God can do unbelievable things at The DePorres Pages.
#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday

2019-12-02--:--:--

I am a Dominican friar of the Central Province, and I believe strongly in the evangelizing work we do. Would you help? Continue reading #GivingTuesday at The DePorres Pages.
Where I live the weather the past few days has made me feel kind of lazy. It has been dark, rainy, and today it was foggy. It made me lazy, even though there were many preparations around the house where I live to get ready for Thanksgiving. Since my talents are not culinary, I helped with clean up. But as I thought about the rainy, dark days, and my desire to nap, it got me thinking that my spiritual life can feel like that sometimes. I know what God wants me to do, but I do not do it. The first Sunday of Advent is a time to "reset" as it were. God gives us powerful grace to start over, to acknowledge sins, and to open eyes so that we might be on the watch for his presence. Continue reading Shaking off our spiritual laziness at The DePorres Pages.
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