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God of the Living and the Dead

Posted by Fr Kenneth Anderson on 11/03/16

Each year when the Fall season is announced by the dropping of leaves, a Men’s Prayer Group that I have participated with over the last 17 years visits the topic of death, purgatory, and resurrection. This is an annual conversation which might mean I need a better explanation or ... Read More »

From Archbishop to Cardinal

Posted by Fr Kenneth Anderson on 10/13/16

Last Sunday, October 9th, Pope Francis announced at the conclusion of the Sunday Noon Angelus Prayers from his balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square that he had appointed 17 new cardinals. Among the new cardinals is our own Archbishop Blase Joseph Cupich. While this was expected it is not automatic. In ... Read More »

"Awesome!" "No Problem!"

Posted by Fr Kenneth Anderson on 10/06/16

Comedian Louis CK tells a story that sums up the message of the parable of the 10 lepers. He says the problems in society today are related to this: “Everything is awesome and no problem and yet nobody’s happy”. Awesome and no problem are two phrases which have replaced ... Read More »

50th Anniversary Year

Posted by Fr Kenneth Anderson on 9/08/16

Dear Parishioners,

Throughout the course of the year, the Church calendar calls to our attention and celebrates as feast days several significant Church buildings in the city of Rome. St. Mary Major on August 5, St. Peter and St. Paul Basilicas on November 18 are three memorials, and St. ... Read More »

Saint Teresa of Calcutta: Ordinariness and Suffering

Posted by Fr Kenneth Anderson on 9/01/16

On Sunday September the 4th, Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be canonized a saint in Rome by Pope Francis. There are many wonderful things that can be said of Mother Teresa. We all know of her iconic work with the poorest of the poor and the most vulnerable of ... Read More »

Humility

Posted by Fr Kenneth Anderson on 8/25/16

Humility is considered by most Catholic theologians as the foundation of all virtues, and second only to charity in its excellence. In our Gospel this Sunday Jesus puts it very bluntly: For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted. ... Read More »

Contemplative and Evangelizing

Posted by Fr Kenneth Anderson on 8/18/16

Dear Friends,

As you may recall, a few weeks ago we heard in the Gospel reading about Jesus’ visit to the home of Martha and Mary. In the life of a Christian there are two major dimensions that are characterized by Martha’s active work on the one hand and ... Read More »

The Two Kinds of Peace

Posted by Fr Kenneth Anderson on 8/11/16

Dear friends in Christ,

Last Sunday we spoke about what seemed to be some of the contradictions in our Catholic faith. In our Sunday Gospel today we see another one. Here Jesus says, “Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, ... Read More »

Things that Last

Posted by Fr Kenneth Anderson on 7/29/16

Dear friends in Christ,

Perhaps you have heard of St. Philip Neri? He was a 16th century priest in Rome, well known for his playful humor, his shrewd wit, and the elegant and gentlemanly courtesy that he showed to all. It is said that one day he met with ... Read More »

Our Father

Posted by Fr Kenneth Anderson on 7/21/16

Dear friends in Christ,

Have you ever noticed that the “Our Father” is made up of seven petitions? The version of the “Our Father” in our Gospel this Sunday is from St. Luke, but the more complete form and the one we habitually use comes from the Gospel of ... Read More »