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A Word #151| 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time| June 25, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/22/17

Everyone who acknowledges me before others, I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.

I would hope that most of us are attentive to warnings especially when they come from professionals. Warnings are part of daily life. ... Read More »

A Word #150| Solemnity of Corpus Christi| June 18, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/15/17

“For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.”

Whether your knowledge of the Latin language is proficient or nonexistent, I believe each of us knows the theology and meaning of ... Read More »

A Word #148| Solemnity of Pentecost| June 4, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/31/17

"And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained."

Birthdays are always celebrated with serenade and a cake decorated with candles. Sometimes there are candles, one ... Read More »

A Word #147| The Ascension of the Lord| May 28, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/31/17

"And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."

Each of us probably have photographs of our loved ones adorned throughout our homes. We might have photos of significant events in our lives such as a wedding day, the birth of a child, pictures of ... Read More »

A Word #146| Sixth Sunday of Easter| May 21, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/16/17

"In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live."

Goodbyes are never easy, especially when there is time and distance separating us from those we love. I know that when I leave a close relative ... Read More »

A Word #145| Fifth Sunday of Easter| May 14, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/09/17

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me."

Today we honor and give thanks to Almighty God for our mothers. This Sunday is set aside to express our sincere affection and gratitude to the women in our lives who know ... Read More »

A Word #144| Fourth Sunday of Easter| May 7, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/03/17

“I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly”

Last week I attended a conference for priestly life. One of the speakers repeated something that was often said to us in the seminary: a good priest is one who is holy, healthy, and happy. Holiness ... Read More »

A Word #143| Third Sunday of Easter| April 30, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/25/17

After Easter, I visited my baptismal parish in Pendleton. When I walked inside the church, a flood of memories entered my mind. I thought back to the countless Sundays my family gathered together for Holy Mass on Sunday. I recalled how I was often an altar boy at those ... Read More »

A Word #142| Divine Mercy Sunday| April 23, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/19/17

“Thomas answered and said to him: My Lord and my God!”

Several Sundays ago I emphasized the importance of giving greater attention and reverence to the reception of the Holy Eucharist. Please excuse my criticism when I say that in general most Catholics have become very sloppy when they ... Read More »

A Word #141| Easter Sunday of the Lord's Resurrection| April 16, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/11/17

"This man (Jesus) God raised on the third day and granted that He be visible, not to all the people, but to us, the witnesses chosen by God in advance, who ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead."

Having been purified through our Lenten discipline, ... Read More »