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Friar Daily Reflection

True Conversion

This past year has challenged us to see our lives in new ways.  To appreciate what is most important to us, our families, our friends, our colleagues, to realize the work and dedication of so many dedicated professionals, workers, who make it possible for our families...

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Abide In My Love

This has been a week where we have remembered different aspects and values of our life.  Monday, we honored the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. his belief in God made him work for social justice and bring about new conditions and relationships for African Americans...

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Here Am I

“Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will” (Psalm 40). The words of today’s Responsorial Psalm are not only our words but also Jesus’ words as we will hear later in Hebrews (10:7-8).  The obedience and humility of Jesus is quite startling when you reflect on it.  Jesus...

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Service to Others

The Gospel passage today demonstrates two very different ideas of Religion.  To the Pharisees religion was all about rituals.  It was about obeying certain rules and regulations. It is to suggest that the religious person is the one who goes to Church, reads the...

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Is It Loving? Is It Lawful?

Some of the Pharisees in today’s Gospel accuse Jesus’ disciples of doing something that is “unlawful,” that is doing the “work” of “picking the heads of grain.”  The Torah, the Law, teaches that no work should be done on the Sabbath Day thus remembering to keep holy...

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Roofer Friends

In her novel, Beloved, Toni Morrison defines friendship in this way: “She is a friend of mine, she gathers me, the pieces I am, she gathers them and give them back to me all in the right order.” It is that kind of friendship that we see in today’s Gospel.  Four...

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Listening and Leadership

Today's readings include a first reading from the Letter to the Hebrews. I am writing this on a Sunday afternoon, and it is hard not to think about the events of January 6th at the Capitol when the halls of Congress were invaded by a mob who had been encouraged by the...

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Inside the Camp

Today's gospel is one that always needs 1st century context as we read, "Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her. He [Jesus] approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them."...

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