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Michael Denz is the Director of Evangelization and Catechesis and Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish and Shrine

More Subtle…

"Now the serpent was more subtle than any other wild creature that the LORD God had made." This is from the Book of Genesis, chapter 3, verse one.  The serpent being referred to is Satan.  This is the first time Satan is mentioned in the Bible and the one thing God...

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Whose Mass is this?

Jesus, the evening before He gave His life for us, celebrated the Passover with His best friends.  He fulfilled the promise of this ancient meal by transforming it into the very meal it had always forshadowed. The Passover in Egypt, where the blood of pure male lambs...

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The Elder Son

Jesus' parable of the Prodigal Son is one of the most well known of all the stories Jesus told, even though in only appears in St. Luke's Gospel, chapter 15:11-32.  Often the story is explained from the view of the younger son, who's the title character, the Prodigal...

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The Secret of Authority

Authority has become a dirty word.  Anyone with authority is either lording it over the weak and innocent or answering for it's neglectful misuse.  In America we question authority.  We usually don't like authority, and often hate those who have it over us. Problem...

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Fear Not

"While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?" But ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe."  And he allowed no one to...

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Explaining our Treasure

One of the difficulties we have as Catholics is trying to explain our Faith to those outside the Catholic Church.  Why does the Church teach what it does about things like artificial birth control, same sex attraction or Communion to those who are not Catholic.  We...

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Trust

Grandpa Joe stopped by his daughter's house one fall evening to visit with the family.  He had brought a lollipop to give to his granddaughter, 4 year old Zoe. Grandpa Joe sat down on the couch, smiled at Zoe and said hello.  Zoe stood by her mom, clutching her leg...

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And He taught…

I searched for the word "taught" in the four gospels.  I wanted to see how many times the gospels said Jesus taught.  I found it used in this way a total of seventeen times: And he opened his mouth and taught them. -Matthew 5:2 He taught them as one who had authority....

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Peace be with you…

Peace. This is a popular word people associate with Jesus - often at Christmas time.  This is because of St. Luke's telling of the angels visit to the shepherds on Christmas.  The angels have just announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds, then they sing: "Glory...

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So, what’s the Good News?

Who doesn't like good news?  When someone comes home and says, "I have good news!", don't you just feel better already, before you even hear what the good news is? Then there is church.  At Mass the same phrase is used: "Good News".  Sometimes it is translated into...

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The Obstacle

The last two Sunday readings gave us a quick lesson on papal infallibility.  Two Sundays' ago, Peter declared with divine help that Jesus was "the Christ, the Son of the Living God." This past Sunday, Jesus told the Apostles "that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer...

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Abundantly Fearful

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." -John 10:10 Thief (Satan) = Steal, Kill, Destroy. Jesus = Abundant Life Choose. Choice seems easy, right?  When you boil it down like I did above we can feel...

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Excuses

Dr. Scott Hahn, a premiere Biblical theologian, was speaking to a small group of people about the importance of studying Scripture.  He mentioned how he is often met with the following objection people have about the importance of learning Scripture: "If the poor...

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Persistence

I had a short visit with a friend yesterday.  She told me about how her husband has been suffering from chronic tinnitus since April.  They have tried all the suggested treatments to no avail.  There is no cure.  They have gone to healing Masses and have had his ears...

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Immediately they left

I'm the kind of guy who gets attached to things.  I don't like change (unless it's the change of seasons).  I grew up in a house in Elma that my parents built in the 1950's. The youngest of six, I spent every Thanksgiving, Christmas and birthday in that house.  Just 8...

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