Father Ryan Connors
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Do you remember the Y2K frenzy? At the beginning of the year 2000, there were alarmists who feared the worst. While certainly not an alarmist, at the beginning of the new millennium Pope John Paul II offered his own strong words. more
C.S. Lewis once said: “There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. It is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit—[destined for] immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.” more
In Mel Brooks’ film History of the World, Part 1 there is a scene familiar to any student of the Old Testament. more
What does it mean to be a great basketball player? If you think it means not double dribbling or making too many fouls, you aren’t wrong but that’s only the beginning. Playing great basketball is a lot more than not making mistakes. It is the full flourishing of the game. more
Jean Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests, put it well: “The Sacrament of Orders seems to relate to no one among you, and yet relates to everyone. If we had not the Sacrament of Orders, we should not have Our Lord. Who placed Him in that tabernacle…it was the priest.” more
At the seminary I attended there is a story of an elderly priest celebrating Mass one morning. In the large seminary chapel, the deacon had just proclaimed the Gospel and as the elderly priest walked to the ambo to give the homily, he lost his balance and began to fall. more
I have heard the story told that Pope John Paul II was once asked, “What was the most important day of your life?” more
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