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Journey with Jesus this Holy Week

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today, with Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, we begin the holiest week of the liturgical year.  On this Sunday we hear the story of the last hours of Jesus.  We walk with him step by step as he trudges the road to Calvary, is stripped of ... Read More »

Victory Over Death

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Our Gospel today focuses our attention on death.  Death is like winter.  When the winter time of the year comes, despite appearances to the contrary, life does not cease, it merely goes underground.  The outward dies, but not the core.  The springtime of the year will see the perennial ... Read More »

Seeing Through the Eyes of Faith

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The Gospel account today has Jesus restoring sight to a blind man.  In order for the miracle to have any meaning for our lives, we need to dig beneath the surface.  We may not be physically blind, but it is precisely because we are not blind that the story ... Read More »

Be Merciful, As Jesus Is

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today’s Gospel account is a story about a woman coming to faith in Jesus as the Christ.  It all began because, as always, God took the initiative through his Son, to engage the woman in conversation.  Once again we see how God works in extraordinary ways as Jesus never ... Read More »

The Eucharist – a Foretaste of Heaven

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Think about disfiguration and transfiguration and what they are.  I ask you to picture in your mind an old oil lamp covered with layers of dirt and grime.  How ugly it looks to the naked eye.  Then someone decides to clean off the layers of dirt, polishes it until ... Read More »

Reconciliation Helps Us Experience God's Love More Fully

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The Gospel reading for the First Sunday of Lent challenges us to confront temptation in our life. How often we say that we are not going to cave in but find ourselves falling into the same trap? Each of us is different, but for each of us there is ... Read More »

Fast to Prepare for the Feast

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The season of Lent begins this Wednesday March 1.  Lent is a penitential season and the Church has set down particular regulations for fast and abstinence as the bare minimum when it comes to doing penance.  However, we are called to do more, not less, so as to experience ... Read More »

The Importance of the Spirit of the Law

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

All of us are subject to laws.  Jesus himself was subject to both human and divine law.  As he grew up he obeyed Mary and Joseph.   Jesus obeyed the law of the land and he obeyed God’s law.  This is where it is important for us to understand ... Read More »

Jesus Shows Us the Better Way

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Common sense tells us that hate poisons the heart and love purifies it.  Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel account that we are to love our enemies and this is one of the greatest challenges to authentic discipleship.  Let the following story teach the lesson. Two farmers, John and ... Read More »

Prayerfully Consider Your Support for the Catholic Stewardship Appeal

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The time of year has arrived again to kick off the annual Catholic Stewardship Appeal.  The theme of this year’s Appeal is, “We Are One.”  This speaks to each of us as being one in Christ Jesus and in the archdiocesan-wide faith connection among all Catholics.  This unity of ... Read More »