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HOMILY: No Exceptions

We are all looking for a magic reset button that will erase the violence of these many days drenched in blood, a special tool that can make evil disappear.

“But our God has already given us that tool.

That one tool that can end the violence and the hatred. The one tool that can heal what is broken and restore what is lost.

And that tool is love.”

Leaven in the World

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time | July 9/10, 2016

Fr. Brian Zumbrum’s homilies and reflections are posted weekly at Leaven in the World. To see the archive of all his posts, just click here: Salesian Sermons

PROTIP: You can take a look at the Sunday readings here. This homily focuses on the Gospel reading.

I remember my very first day at Nativity Prep.

It was faculty orientation and our principal was introducing the school and its mission to all of us.  During those remarks, he shared something that I have never forgotten.

He looked at us and said, you have one job as an educator.  It is to love your students.  That’s it.  If you love your students, everything else will fall into place.

I remember thinking . . . That seems simple enough.

How wrong I was!

For no one warned me that not every student is easy to…

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HOMILY: Reaping the Harvest Before Us

Love this reminder!

Leaven in the World

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time | July 2/3, 2016

Fr. Brian Zumbrum’s homilies and reflections are posted weekly at Leaven in the World. To see the archive of all his posts, just click here: Salesian Sermons

PROTIP: You can take a look at the Sunday readings here. This homily focuses on the Gospel reading.

Over this past week, I had the opportunity to spend a few days with two of my best friends from college down in Houston, Texas.

It was the first time that the three of us had been together in almost 5 years and as soon as we got together, we could not help but reflect back on the 1st time the three of us travelled to Houston.

It was about a month after Hurricane Katrina and we convinced our Service Director at DeSales University to bring us down to Houston to help with hurricane relief…

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Overdrawn at the Wonder Bank

I hope I can live as well as this 94 year old blogger!

Interesting thoughts on rape, racism and living an honorable life

Not to contribute to John Pavlovitz’s server issues, but his entire blog is very worth reading: John Pavlovitz. You may not agree with everything he says about white privilege or sexual assault, but his writing is thoughtful and interesting.

HOMILY: Blessed, Broken & Poured Out

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ | May 28/29, 2016 Fr. Brian Zumbrum’s homilies and reflections are posted weekly at Leaven in the World. To see the archive of all his posts,…

Source: HOMILY: Blessed, Broken & Poured Out

HOMILY: Crazy in Love

Third Sunday of Easter | April 9/10, 2016 Fr. Brian Zumbrum’s homilies and reflections are posted weekly at Leaven in the World. To see the archive of all his posts, just click here: Salesian Sermo…

Source: HOMILY: Crazy in Love

Blue Skies

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Yes, that is my view. 

Ok, we can’t have this everyday, and we didn’t get it here in the DC metro area until after the morning rain washed away the detritus of our very windy week. Look at all the shades, the deep blues, the brighter shades between the clouds… there are so many blues to imbibe with your eyes outside.

We’re scheduled for a fierce winter chill and possibly a windstorm later tonight but in the meantime everyone is out enjoying our amazing beautiful weather, dogs and children especially. After living in California for nearly two decades, I took blue skies for granted but Virginia’s variable weather has made me more grateful.

Writers and artists have deployed many metaphors and poetic approaches to express the “perfect blue sky day” and the many things it makes us yearn for and celebrate. Some prefer their skies perfectly clear and vibrant. Others will take any peek of blue behind the clouds. Me, I like a good mix of both as you can see in the photo above of the sky outside my window.

The Johnny Nash classic I Can See Clearly Now sums up what seems to be a universal feeling about this kind of day.

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