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Being A Refugee - 05/25/2018

Back in the 90s my wife Rosemary was employed as an Artist-In-Residence by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She would visit several schools a month to conduct poetry classes for students in Kindergarten straight through high school. She spent plenty of time in posh districts but always liked working in inner city schools best. The poorer kids had much to say and needed the kind of help she could offer to find their voice. Besides that, the city kids often lived through harder times at a tender age and just like it did for Charlie Chaplin and the Marx Brothers, that made them funny. Many of the elementary school students Rosemary taught in Union City were recent arrivals to th

There Is No Such Thing As A Bad Neighborhood - 05/11/2018

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” – Matthew 13:31-32 When I was a seminarian I used to go for Breakfast and prayer at a nearby shelter where one of my best teachers, Sr. Norberta, was the Director. Having a former career as a parochial school principal was a transferable skill and she kept the lines for breakfast, the shower and the social worker pretty orderly. Inevitably a fight would break out once in a while but Norberta’s “nun” voice w

Celebrating Brother John-Henry & Dean - 05/04/2018

As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. – Acts 8:36-39 If you were at church last Sunday you know that we read story of the conversion and baptism of the nameless, Ethiopian eunuch at the hands of Philip the Evangelist. The story ends with Philip’s abrupt disappearance. The only explanation Luke offers is th

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