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Mount Athos Pilgrimage: Part VI

On Mount Athos the Julian Calendar is followed, rather than the Gregorian Calendar, which most of the world uses. What does the difference in calendars mean in practice? First a little history. The familiar Gregorian calendar was promulgated in October of 1582, by the...

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of the Prophet Amos 8:4-7; First Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 2:1-8; Gospel According to Saint Luke 16:1-13 The characters Jesus describes in this Sunday’s parable are not proposed as models whose precise behavior we should imitate. Other...

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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14; First Letter to Timothy 1:12-17;                                                      Gospel According to Luke 15:1-32 The story is told of a catechism class studying the Parable the Prodigal Son. After emphasizing...

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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of Wisdom 9:13-18; Letter of Saint Paul to Philemon 9-17;                                    Gospel According to Saint Luke 14:25-33 The first words we hear from Jesus in this Sunday’s Gospel passage might almost startle us. They were spoken...

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29; Letter to the Hebrews 1218-19, 22-24; Gospel According to Saint Luke 14:1, 7 – 14 All three Mass readings from the Bible this Sunday are gems of wisdom and joy for those who take them to heart and strive to put...

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Mount Athos Pilgrimage: Part V

Dear Friends, Brother Xavier McGough and I spent most of our Mount Athos Pilgrimage of 1979 at the monastery  of Simonos-Petra, a thriving community at that time, numbering about fifty monks, most of them young. I understand that today, forty years later, there are...

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

As an infant of forty days, Jesus was presented in the Jerusalem Temple, where the elderly prophet Simeon said to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, that her child was “set for the fall and rising of many in Israel,’ and as a sign that would be spoken against,” (see Luke...

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Mount Athos Pilgrimage: Part IV

Dear Friends in Christ, Something that struck me while on Mount Athos in Greece from September 3 to October 11, 1979, was that the monks we met were there simply for monastic life and nothing else. That may seem like an obvious enough observation, but the focus on...

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