Reflections

Stay Awake! – The First Sunday of Advent

“Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, …

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Fr. Dan Dower: Remembering the Hands of St. Teresa

Father Dan Dower of the Diocese of Tyler was in Rome last Sunday for the canonization of St. Teresa of Calcutta.  Over the years, Father Dower had the privilege of meeting the future saint several times.  In the summer of 1976, I attended the International Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia. I had just been accepted as a seminarian and was preparing …

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Epiphany Reflection: Bringing Our Gifts to the Lord

There is a great slogan that is often seen today on billboards and bumperstickers.  It says, “Wise men still seek Him.”  And it’s true.  Those who are wise still seek to be close to Jesus — to know Him more intimately and to love Him more profoundly.  This is what we celebrate this Sunday on the Feast of the Epiphany.  …

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Anniversary Reflection: Bishop Guided by the Holy Hearts of Jesus & Mary

On the occasion of the third anniversary of his elevation to the episcopate, which occurred on November 28, 2012, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has offered this reflection. As I celebrate my third anniversary as Bishop of the Diocese of Tyler, I continue to be in awe of the call I have been given.  It goes without saying that I will …

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Reflection: Ten Ways to Get More Out of Mass by Fr. Nolan Lowry

At some point or another, you have probably heard someone say, “I don’t get anything out of the Mass.”  This is common among some kids and a few adults.  The first problem with this complaint is that, if someone looking to get “something” out of Mass, they have set their expectations too low.  The Mass gives us not something but someOne—Jesus Christ.  The second problem …

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Living Flesh and Blood: Fr. Nolan Lowry, STL

Today the Universal Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ — popularly known as the Feast of Corpus Christi (not to be confused with the Texas coastal town). Jesus Christ’s presence in the Holy Eucharist is the very center of the life of the Church. For me personally, not only as a priest but …

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Easter Reflection: God is Not Dead

All around us, nature is rejoicing. The grass is green, the leaves are coming out on the trees, flowers are blooming — and thank God – the temperature is not soaring yet! We have looked forward to putting on our new suit or new dress for this holiday, of celebrating egg hunts in the afternoon, and having a great time …

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Reflection: Transfiguration of the Lord

“Rabbi, it is good that we are here!” (Mk 9:5).  Here we are at the Second Sunday of Lent, and Mother Church offers us an appropriate set of readings: the Genesis account of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac (Gn 22); St. Paul’s famous Romans passage, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rm 8); and the Transfiguration of …

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Reflection: Civil Rights vs. Planned Parenthood

On Monday, our nation will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A movie has just been released, Selma, which is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches in Alabama. In the past several months, the news media has focused on white police officers who have fatally apprehended black criminals, which has caused much racial …

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Symbols of the Altar: Fr. Nolan Lowry, STL

Advent is the season of “remembering” and “waiting” for the King.  Christ, the Light of the World, has already come, but we are still waiting for Him to come again.  Advent is a type of “bridge” connecting the first and second comings of Jesus Christ.  Like the season of Advent, the holy Mass is also a bridge between the two …

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