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 also 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 […]

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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 era. 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, and 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 […]

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Winnie the Pooh and Thomas Aquinas

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In this homily, I’m going to try to tie together Winnie the Pooh, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the readings for this Sunday’s Mass.  So, see if you can keep up and pay attention with these thoughts. I went to see the movie, Christopher Robin. It is a Disney movie that came out recently, and Disney […]

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John the Baptist

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Today is a very special day for me. It is actually an anniversary for me – the anniversary of my Baptism. That’s right. Thirty-nine years ago, I was baptized into the faith, and it is celebrated as one of the most important days of my life. It is also the feast day of John the […]

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Miracles at Mass

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There is a saying that states there are two things that are certain in life – death and taxes. We have heard that before; however, Jesus shows us that one of those is wrong. Even though we must pay taxes, He has power over death. It is remarkable how the readings are laid out today. The […]

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An Invitation to Rest

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This past week, I was on my annual eight-day retreat. It is always wonderful when you make a retreat to get away for a while and spend time with nature. When Jesus went away, He spent time with nature. There were usually three places He went away to: the mountains, the desert (or wilderness), and the […]

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Broadway NYC 2018: Hamilton, Dear Evan Hanson and Once on This Island

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Well, here I am walking down Times Square. I was able to see a couple of Broadway shows over the last couple of days, and it is interesting that they seem to have a common theme.  The common theme that seems to stand out so much is despair; and really, it is a despair that is caused by […]

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Your Tickets to the Royal Wedding and Disney’s Aladdin

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On Friday, my baby sister Sherry and I went to see Aladdin at The Playhouse Square. We had a wonderful time being together and experiencing that childhood movie that was brought to life on stage. For me, the biggest mystery is how they made that carpet fly. The magic carpet was actually amazing if you […]

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World Communications Day

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As we celebrate this Ascension Sunday, we hear Jesus give His commission to His disciples. The last thing He says to his disciples before He ascends to heaven to be with His Father is to tell them to go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News. I think that it had to […]

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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.