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Post Epiphany Prayer

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 1/04/16

(EPIPHANY: revelation, manifestation, eye-opener) Good morning, good God!I’m fresh from Epiphanywith its star and magi and gifts...You've revealed so much to so many, Lord,and yet so much remains hidden,yet to be found,yet to be known... You revealed yourself as a newborn:your divine innocence, vulnerably human, inviting intimacy...Help me see in your ... Read More »

Today, Pope Francis addressed the Roman Curia, and quoted this prayer. Good Stuff!

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 12/21/15

Every now and then it helps us to take a step backand to see things from a distance.

The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is also beyond our visions.

In our lives, we manage to achieve only a small partof the marvelous plan that is God’s work.

Nothing that we do is complete,which is to say that the Kingdom is greater than ... Read More »

Advent Thoughts

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 12/21/15

 

If you have an Advent Wreath at home, pray for perseverancein this fourth week of the season as you light all four candles each day.If you don't have an Advent Wreath - light any candle and pray for perseverance. If you have no candle, simply stay right here with candles above and pray for perseverance...  And yes: ... Read More »

Homily for 1st Sunday of Advent 2015

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 11/29/15

 

Back in the day, in Jesus' time, folks didn’t have a lot of science

so they were mystified and often frightened

by what they saw in the skies, in the sun, the moon and the stars,

- especially by any anomalies in the heavens’ usual patterns.

 

Jesus ... Read More »

Homily for November 22 2015

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 11/22/15

Homily for Christ the King, 2015

We Americans are a people whose nation was born in response to, and as a rejection of, not only a particular king but of monarchy in general as a way of governing people. We are citizens of our country, not subjects of our ... Read More »

Some thoughts on the weekend of October 10/11 2015

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 10/11/15

I was not here at Saint Anselm this weekend.  However, I'm very aware that this week we have begun our immediate preparations for the conferral of the Sacrament of Confirmation.  The process is open to all in grade 9 or above.  It will focus on weekly Sunday Mass attendance, ... Read More »

Homily of Pope Francis in Philadelphia Saturday, Sept. 26 2015

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 9/26/15

This morning I learned something about the history of this beautiful Cathedral: the story behind its high walls and windows. I would like to think, though, that the history of the Church in this city and state is really a story not about building walls, but about breaking them ... Read More »

Pope Francis at Ground Zero

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 9/26/15

Pope's prayer at Ground Zero   Pope Francis at Ground Zero Pope Francis' prayer at the 9/11 MemorialO God of love, compassion, and healing,look on us, people of many different faithsand religious traditions,who gather today on this hallowed ground,the scene of unspeakable violence and pain. We ask you in ... Read More »

Homily from June 21, 2015

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 6/24/15

 Homily, June 21 2015

So, suppose you’re at the check-out at the supermarket

and you look up and see that the guy bagging your groceries

is none other than - Pope Francis.

- and he’s asking you, “Paper or plastic?”

Which would you choose?

 

Well, we found out ... Read More »

Christmas Homily 2014

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 12/24/14

Christmas Eve 2014 Homily

 

A few years ago you may remember a protest movement called

Occupy Wall Street; there was also Occupy Seattle; Occupy Boston; Occupy London; Occupy Sao Paulo… Whatever your political take on this movement, it’s likely that the verb OCCUPY is a word you’ll remember ... Read More »