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Living the Truth in Love: Rejoice and be Glad

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has given us a great treasure on the subject of holiness in his new Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate. Its title is taken from the concluding words of our Lord in the Beatitudes from His Sermon on the Mount, "rejoice and be glad" (Mt 5:12). The Pope

Chrism Mass: He's Two Thousand Years Old

We live in complicated, challenging and extremely difficult times. Confusion, anger, pain and even violence are very much present among us. Certainly the tragedy that occurred in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, so proximate to us in Parkland, Florida, is evidence of this. We live

Living the Truth in Love: You Are in Me and I Am in You

Some of the most vivid artistic depictions of the Resurrection are found in Eastern icons. Eastern icons, by their very nature, take us into a mystical world in which the characters in the icons are depicted in striking color but always with a dignity to them and an expression of looking into the

Living the Truth in Love: Pause, See, Return

Pope Francis has spoken on several occasions regarding three of his favorite words – please, thank you and sorry. He has reflected how these words are simple ones but profound ones in regard to our relationship with God, each other and life in general. Pope Francis has frequently spoken of the

Living the Truth in Love: The Truth Will Set You Free

The season of Lent is a graced time in which we prepare to celebrate the Paschal mystery of the fullness of life bestowed upon us in the Resurrection of Christ. This forty day period, which affords us an opportunity to grow in our knowledge of ourselves and of the Lord's presence within our lives,

Living the Truth in Love: Come Fly with Me – The Friendly Skies of Pope Francis

I recently wrote a column in which I reflected upon Pope Francis' frequent use of public transportation, especially the subway, when he was Archbishop of Argentina. It appears that the subway gave him time to reflect as well as to travel to the peripheries of both territory and human nature of which

Living the Truth in Love: Pope Francis' Beatitudes

The Bishops of Regions IV and XIV, which include all of the bishops on the eastern seaboard from Florida up to Washington DC, recently completed their annual retreat at the Bethany Retreat Center in Tampa, Florida. As in past years, I was privileged to be part of this retreat with my brother

Living the Truth in Love: The Pope's Pizza

We are already almost two weeks into the new year and just about halfway through the month of January. The holidays are quickly receding into the past and new year’s resolutions we made may also be quickly receding there as well. They say that time goes more quickly as one gets older and certainly

Living the Truth in Love: Glory to God - Peace on Earth

"Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests." These words of the angels to the shepherds at the Birth of Christ in Bethlehem are the words addressed to all of us on this Christmas. The two parts of the angels' message go hand in hand: the first – Glory to God,

Living the Truth in Love: Advent: Understanding More Mary's Immaculate Conception

It is fitting that we focus our attention on Mary during the season of Advent as we prepare for the celebration of the Birth of her Son. She is truly the central figure of the Advent Season for, through her consent, the Son of God was conceived in her womb and born at Bethlehem. Her quiet life