Remember The Lion King

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Have you seen the trailer for the new Lion King movie? It looks absolutely amazing and beautiful. The trailer starts out with a classic sun coming up in the sky. It’s pink. It’s beautiful. You see the big, glowing orb of the sun sweeping through the kingdom. It’s all just beautiful. You hear the voice […]

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Hell on Earth

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Have you seen the news of the wildfires in California? It is being described as hell on earth. Almost eighty people have died. Over 1,000 people are missing. The warning signs came very quickly, and then there were the signs to evacuate quickly. As always happens, there are people who choose not to evacuate or […]

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Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and The Poor Widow

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You may have heard that Mark Zuckerberg is giving away 99% of everything that he makes with Facebook. Do you know how much that is? Forty-five billion dollars to charity. Bill Gates (who has actually outdone him) has given away 90 billion dollars over his lifetime.Yet, we hear the story of this poor widow whose […]

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Fall In Love With God

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When I was in the seminary, I made a wonderful eight-day retreat with Fr. Bob Welsh. He is a Jesuit priest who just died this past year. He said a lot to me that changed my life forever. As I was coming to the end of my retreat, he said to me, “Michael, the most […]

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Priesthood Sunday: My Vocation Story

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As I mentioned before, today we celebrate Priesthood Sunday. I would like to take a moment to reflect on the priesthood – particularly my own calling. Whenever I’m at a new place, I like to share just a little bit about my own vocation story so that hopefully it might inspire others to think about […]

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Redemptive Suffering

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“The Lord was pleased to crush him in infirmity.” This is the first line in the first reading. I want to meditate on that for a little bit. Does it seem a little strange to you? “The Lord was pleased to crush him in infirmity.” Maybe if we hear that we should stop for a […]

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Saint Romero Died At The Altar. How Will You Become A Saint?

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Today, in the Vatican in Rome, Archbishop Romero is being canonized a saint. I did not know much about Romero until I was in the seminary and took a trip there. In the Diocese of Cleveland, we have a group of priests from our diocese that actually live there. We have a mission in El […]

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Should You Cut Off Your Hand If It Causes You To Sin?

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I would like to reflect on the pattern of coming together and separating: God bringing us together and also separating us when He brings us together. We hear in the first reading that the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses. He gathered everybody that was together in the tent. He took the […]

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Does Not Compute

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There’s a meme that has become popular in some parts of pop culture, especially the science fiction genre. You might have seen this in Futurama or the Simpsons or Alien the movie, but the meme goes something like this: there’s a computer robot shaking his hands and saying, “Does not compute. Does not compute.” And […]

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Who Is Jesus? Who Do You Say I Am

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Many of you know that I love technology. I also love learning how we can use technology to help build up the kingdom of God. You may know about the ministry I have called The Prodigal Father, which is using the new media and technology to help people grow in their prayer life. One of the […]

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I'm Father Michael J. Denk, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. I am a contributor of content to The Prodigal Father Productions, Inc., a non-profit corporation functioning in accord with the traditions and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The corporation and I are separate, it doesn't speak for me, the parish, or on behalf of the Diocese of Cleveland, and I do not speak for it.