Holy Wednesday: “Transformation”

Mission in the Cloud. Whew!  What a grace for all of us who participated in this early Holy Week mission.  Last night, many of us went to bed thanking the Lord again for letting us be part of his team, his mission.  We all were transformed further along in our missionary journey, some deeply, others gently, but everyone

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Holy Tuesday: “Let Our Father Love Us”

Mission in the Cloud. Wow! What a night. Our band of missionaries grew last night, in both registrations, but importantly, in each other. Sensing that, we left almost 20 minutes for interactive Q&A and even that wasn’t enough. Great questions and rich responses from our missionary panel. The Holy Spirit really seemed to be with

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Holy Monday: The Vaccine for Fear

Mission in the Cloud. What a night last night! Well over 120 of you in attendance, many with friends or spouses you’d invited. Thank you for being a part of Day 1. In one short hour, we covered a lot of ground on the topic of fear. It started out pretty dark, until Fr. Shawn

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From Fear to Joy

Hello Missionaries!  I’ve been away too long, distracted with markets and my “day job”!  Call it a self-imposed “social distancing”.  Well, it’s time to end that.  It’s time to get back into the fight.  And even if conditions continue to prevent us from hitting the streets, it’s time to get back into the streets of the internet to evangelize.  Which brings

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The World Needs Healers

Divine Mercy University Commencement Address – June 20, 2020 Thank you Mr. President, the faculty of Divine Mercy University, members of the board, and most of all, thank you graduates for the honor of standing alongside you, in a virtual format to be sure, but beside you nonetheless.  Of all the degrees and professional certifications

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Christian Dignity Is Not A Zero Sum Game

“As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.”  1 Corinthians 12:12 As I watched with many of you the video of a police officer kneeling on the throat of an unarmed man while his colleagues watched, I was struck

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To the Ends of the Earth

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 Naples, Florida. As we leave the Easter season behind us, climaxing in the great feast of Pentecost, I am reflecting on the

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The Corona Pruning

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.” Jn 15:1-2 Village of Olga, Florida. About a mile out of town, I saw the sign: “Olga Mall

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Probability Zero

Gulf Shore Drive, Naples, Divine Mercy Sunday. I see the Peloton speeding toward me again. Smaller today, just three of them. Biking as a very tight group. No time to break to my left to escape their path. Within seconds, they’ll be flying past me at 40 miles an hour and within six inches. A

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Boundless Mercy

Mission Blog: Easter Orchid Series “Peace be with you…  Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God.”  John 21: 26, 28 Naples, The Octave of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday.  Growing up in Newark at St. Leo’s Grammar School, St. Thomas had a bad rap with the nuns.  “Don’t be a doubting Thomas, Stephen!  You’re a Catholic!  Get some faith!”  So, rather

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