Father Joseph Upton
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Many preachers confess a certain trepidation at having to deliver a homily on Trinity Sunday. Thankfully for many — both preachers and congregants alike — the feast passed several weeks ago at the end of May. more
“Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.” Most children learn the notes of the major musical scale along with this piece of advice. It seems obvious enough, but could it be that sometimes the end is more important than the beginning? more
The Emmaus experience confirmed for the first Christians one of the central truths of our faith: the individual, concrete story of each believer is bound mysteriously to the story of Christ himself. As each believer travels on his or her particular life journey, Christ becomes our traveling companion and invites us to become a part of his journey. more
“There is nothing new under the sun,” asserted the eternal optimist of the Old Testament, Qoheleth. Even the disciple of Jesus—regenerated in the waters of baptism, strengthened for witness by confirmation and united to the Risen Christ through holy Communion—must live the life of grace in the midst of a world that seems sometimes less than graceful. more
To be a fully initiated member of the church means, in part, to have a complement of graces — supernatural helps from God — which correspond to various facets of the Christian life. more
During the 50 years since the opening of the Second Vatican Council the question of the church has remained one of particular interest. more
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