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March 18, 2012

Dear Friends,

“Scandal”- What exactly is scandal and what is it to be scandalized? Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary offers a variety of definitions that give insight into the depth of this word. One definition of scandal that seemed to stand out among the others is: Conduct that causes or encourages a lapse of faith or of religious obedience in another. In regard to the verb “scandalized” the dictionary adds: to offend the moral sense of: shock.

Why the vocabulary lesson? Over the course of the last few weeks many in our parish have heard about scandal in the Catholic community, and have been scandalized by the information that has been shared about events in two of our neighboring parishes. These accounts describe parishioners interrupting Mass and shouting at clergy as they delivered their homilies. In one case Continue reading “Scandal and healing grace”

June 12, 2011

This past Tuesday morning I opened my copy of the Fort Collins Coloradoan at my breakfast table to discover two very alarming headlines: The former referred to an unimaginable incident that transpired early Saturday morning at the corner of College and Mountain avenues, just a short walk from my home and our church. The latter speaks to an appalling crime that transpired near Myrtle and Remington streets, near many of our parishioner’s homes and Continue reading “Be brazen enough to pray”