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St. Gemma Galgani

St. Gemma Galgani is a lesser known saint who lived in Northern Italy from 1878 to her death in 1903.  When people get to know me, one of the things they find out is that I have a strong devotion to St. Gemma.  The next question people often have is why. About six...

She waited on them

In the Gospel for Sunday we hear a little story, often overlooked, about Jesus healing St. Peter’s mother-in-law (Mark 1:29-39). It was only a fever, it did not appear that she was seriously ill. However, Jesus went over, took her hand, helped her up and the...

What do you seek?

The passage from last Sunday’s Gospel is one of my favorite.  I refer particularly to the first 5 verses, John 1:35-39.  It was first shown and explained to me over 20 years ago by a then young Franciscan priest.  Since then, it has become more and more...

What is Truth?

We seem to have lost an understanding of objective truth.  The powers of the world around us are subtlety, and sometimes not so subtlety, nudging and pushing people to believe everything is subjective – that there is no objective truth.  This is nonsense, and it...

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