2018 archive of Pastor's Corner

2018 archive of Pastor's Corner

Nature of Religion

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 9/05/18

How many of you have ever heard someone in complaining about organized religion say…I am not religious but I am spiritual? The word religion comes from the Latin word “Re-Ligare”. “Ligare” means “to bind” or to “connect”.  Adding the “re” before “ligare” causes the word to mean “Re-Bind” or ... Read More »

That Word "Submission"

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 8/30/18

Perhaps no Scripture passage raises the eyebrows of listeners higher than today’s Second Reading from Saint Paul. Once this verse enters into our heads whatever follows next is tuned out.  Yet if we dare strain our attention to the entirety of the text, we will begin to recognize that ... Read More »

The Bride of Hope

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 8/28/18

Earlier this week, I had the unfortunate experience of scrolling through Face Book after news coming out of Pennsylvania broke. What made the posts even more disturbing is that they were from friends.  One in particular demanded that if you were a part of the Catholic Church, you had ... Read More »

Queenship of Mary

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 8/22/18

“And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.” Anyone who has ever had a bedtime story read to them, when they hear the word “kingdom” immediately imagines kings and queens, ... Read More »

Remedy for all evil: The Beauty of Woman

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 8/20/18

It is quite the divine compliment that wisdom is referred to in feminine terms…building her house…And a house is only a home because of the people who live and love there…and there is no stronger presence of love or builder of a stable home than a woman.

Women and ... Read More »

Assuming our Beauty

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 8/15/18

Assuming our Beauty

“God’s Temple in Heaven was opened, and the ark of the covenant could be seen in the Temple.”

As impressive as the Jerusalem Temple was in its hey-day of Jewish worship…and as impressive as any House of Worship may be, this Christian Temple we gather in ... Read More »

Honoring Parents and Grandparents

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 7/24/18

I will appoint shepherds for them who will shepherd them so that they need no longer fear and tremble… Israel shall dwell in security.

I cannot imagine anything worse for a child that to live in a constant state of fear. Besides food and shelter, I cannot think of ... Read More »

Modern Need for St. Mary Magdalene

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 7/23/18

The Arch-Virgin Mary Magdalene

Many people today insist that every time we identify St. Mary Magdalene as a reformed prostitute we marginalize her. And/or share the view that identified as the woman caught in adultery, it is an attempt to oppress women. There are a number of books dedicated ... Read More »

The Ultimate Giving Tree

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 6/19/18

In today’s readings there are many references to trees that are meant to describe the might of God and the majesty of our created beings and faith:

When thinking over these various images of trees, I was reminded of one of the great children’s classics by Shel Silverstein entitled ... Read More »

"Against Life"

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 6/12/18

In the USA alone, conservative estimates suggest there is still up to 2,000 young lives extinguished each day since the 1973 ruling legalizing abortion. Yes, God is pro-choice but He gave us Free Will and the example of His Incarnate Son to make the RIGHT choice…who says I am ... Read More »

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