Father Mike's Blog
November 11, 2018
Like many of you, I’m sure, I do most of my charitable giving for the year during the last weeks of December, to be sure I get a tax advantage.  Let’s think about that for a moment:  When I give is in part conditioned by what I stand to benefit from. That...
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November 04, 2018
On the day of my Father’s funeral several years ago, among the many who came to the liturgy was Archbishop Flynn, who had known and befriended my parents.  I was the presider and the preacher that day, but he asked before Mass if he could say a few words to the people ...
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October 28, 2018
I think the very best thing about “my job” is the endless parade of holy, inspiring people whom I have the honor to meet and to serve all the time.  One of them is named Mary and she lives in Bloomington.  She turns 95 years old this month, and I first met h...
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October 21, 2018
People of a certain age—like me—will recognize to whom the title “The Greatest” once referred in American popular culture.  He used that description to speak about himself: “I’m the greatest.”  It was the world heavyweight champ...
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October 14, 2018
When I was a student at St. John’s University 40 years ago, every fall as part of the football homecoming weekend celebrations the students put on a campus-wide talent show.  It drew a large crowd and it featured all kinds of acts, whether vocal, or instrumental or mag...
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September 30, 2018
One of my enduringly favorite quotes during the time of my graduate studies came off the cuff one day in class from the professor, who was a well-known Jesuit priest and scholar and writer on the liturgical life of the church.  I no longer remember the conversation that set ...
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September 23, 2018
“…and they were afraid to question him…and they were afraid to question him.” These are the disciples with their beloved friend and teacher, Jesus.  Why—or about what—would they be afraid to question him?  What is too scary to ...
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September 16, 2018
In the parish from which I recently came, one of the most prominent, faithful, generous and good families was headed by a man whose career is in marketing and sales for the MN Twins.  So I always had to be careful about making disparaging remarks about the team while in chur...
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September 09, 2018
We live in an age, of course, in which the category of “fake news” is recently and frequently invoked by people who aren’t happy with what the content of the news actually is.  The idea is that if you can only discredit the bearer of the news, then the news...
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September 02, 2018
What do you notice?  And what do you question?  Aren’t these two of the most revealing things that can be asked of ourselves, and others?  This past week I was traveling to the funeral of a friend and I stayed in a fairly high-end hotel, just because I felt l...
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