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The Gospel according to George Washington

By Father Woods In a school writing exercise, a young George Washington borrowed heavily from a 16th century French etiquette manual to come up with a text he called Rules for Civility and Decent Behavior. Washington would spend the rest ...

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The often-ignored 8th Commandment

By Father Woods Standing in the line at the grocery store the tabloid papers and magazines are full of it. The “Comments” section of scads of internet sites are loaded with them. Sometimes we call it “gossip” or just passing ...

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It’s not easy being green.

By Father Woods Kermit the Frog used to sing of his dissatisfaction with his green color. He lamented that the color green was just so plain and ordinary that he didn’t stand out. Kermit didn’t want to just fade into ...

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What Child is this? This, this is Christ the King!

By Father Woods The Epiphany of the Lord, which we celebrate today, is a feast older than Christmas. In many countries, this day (not Christmas) is the day for gift-giving in honor of the gifts received by the Christ Child. ...

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From Father Woods

Dear friends in Christ, As we continue in this beautiful Christmas Season celebrating God’s Son becoming flesh by His Birth in Bethlehem and as we prepare to begin a new calendar year, perhaps this is a good time to reflect ...

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The Gate of the Year

By Father Woods This last day of the calendar year is the Feast of the Holy Family. On the first of January the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Perhaps a reflection during this Christmas Season on ...

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Maybe we just won’t have Christmas this year

Unfortunately it is not uncommon to hear people utter this dismal phrase: “Maybe we just won’t have Christmas this year.” Yes, there could be tons of practical reasons to abstain from what many people usually associate with celebrating Christmas – ...

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Rejoice in the Lord Always… I say it again: Rejoice!

At various times in history, the Season of Advent took on a more penitential character. While not quiet like Lent, there were more fasting regulations and the adoption of purple vestments for Advent Masses. Like Lent, the Church realized that ...

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The Immaculate Conception: the way humanity was meant to be

It’s a shame that people misunderstand the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. Let’s be clear: the Immaculate Conception is the Catholic belief that the Virgin Mary was conceived without original sin in the womb of her mother, Saint Ann. The ...

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Advent 2017 – Prepare! (Quickly!)

From Father Woods Advent 2016 was the longest it could possibly be – 4 entire weeks since Christmas fell on a Sunday last year. This year Advent is as short as it can possibly be since Christmas Eve falls later ...

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