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The Tree That Survived the Winter

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Today, Fr. Jeremy and I were walking from the church to the rectory, and there was actually sunshine. He said to me, “Every time it comes to springtime, I feel like I survived another winter. I made it through another winter. I kind of feel like that, too. Making it through winter in northeast Ohio […]

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Cloudy Days

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Well, I’m in Cleveland right now. It’s April, and it’s snowing. It looks like it’s the middle of winter. Days like this used to really get me down because it’s so cloudy and dark. You can’t even see the sun all day long. A good friend of mine said to me one time that she […]

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Divine Mercy Sunday Assisi

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Sometimes people say that they wish they could have lived at the time of Jesus because they could really see Him and hear His voice. We hear in the reading that Jesus said even more blessed are those who believe without seeing. We are even more blessed than the disciples were. The reality is that […]

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Does Hell Exist?

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Well, Happy Easter everyone, and happy April Fools’ Day as well. I’m kind of excited about this right now because Fr. Jeremy’s parents (from the time he was a child) have been ingenious in the way they have fooled him and tricked him. When he was in high school, he remembers telling his parents that he […]

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Good Friday Fight or Flight-Stand

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As Jesus had often gathered His disciples together to pray in the garden, so we are together right now as we enter into His passion. And, we all have a passion in our own lives. We all have a cross in our own lives. We don’t have to go out and seek a cross, it’s […]

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We Are God’s Handiwork

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I went to Valley Forge Public High School in Parma. We were able to choose electives during high school years. Sometimes, with electives, you chose whatever you thought was going to be an easy “A.” So, I remember one year I chose pottery and that was going to be my easy “A” for the year. It was […]

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Changes in Latitudes

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I am really excited because Jimmy Buffett tickets went on sale Friday morning. I had a good friend who waited until the tickets went on sale at 10:00 am; and as the tickets went on sale, she was able to get some tickets for us. I wanted front row seats because I want to meet […]

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Are You A Control Freak?

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My oldest niece, Kelsey, is now 15-1/2 years old, so you know what that means? She has gotten her temps. She is driving now, and the only one that has not taken her out so far is her Uncle Mike. (I think it was because I was always the wild one in the family.) When […]

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Do You Preach at Work?

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If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast of an obligation that has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it. This line always hits me as a priest because of my obligation to preach, but I think it is very appropriate for all […]

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Have You Seen Breaking Bad?

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It is the 10th anniversary of a show that was really popular on television called “Breaking Bad.” It is really popular on Netflix for many people to binge watch. Unfortunately, I have become one of those people. It is a television show about a high school science teacher. He is diagnosed with a type of […]

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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.