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Soundtrack of my life (24/100).

Navigating our faith is requires recognizing that the vibe has many branches…

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If I were to make a soundtrack featuring all the songs that were significant to me throughout my life, they’d probably notice that there was a gap of time, around 1993-95, where the music I listened to was…interesting.

I’ve mentioned it here on the blog before, but it bears repeating again for anyone who’s just recently started reading along. Even though I’m a cradle Catholic, it wasn’t until I was around 12 or 13 years old that I recognized how deeply loved I was by God, and as a result, embraced my identity as a child of God.

For me, this realization happened in the context of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the early 1990s, when I first experienced the baptism in the Holy Spirit (not to be confused with the sacrament of Baptism that typically occurs at infancy in the Catholic Church).

While I became part of…

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HOMILY: Courage to Touch the Wounds of Christ

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BY FR. BRIAN ZUMBRUM, OSFS

3rd Sunday of Easter | April 15, 2018

See today’s readings here. This homily focuses on the Gospel reading.

Over Spring Break, I had the opportunity to travel to Ecuador with a group of high school students for an immersive experience in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Ecuador.

As part of our experience, we visited this organization known as Damian’s House, a hospital and home for women and men diagnosed with Hansen’s disease, more commonly known as leprosy.

Now, I know we hear about leprosy in Scripture, but the reality of the disease is pretty brutal to witness up close.

The disease attacks the nerves in the extremities of the body . . . fingers, toes, arms and legs.  As the disease progresses, many individuals lose these body parts.

It is the first thing you notice when you first meet the residents of Damian’s…

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HOMILY: Dangerous Work

We can not have Easter without Palm Sunday… and the chaltof buiding God’s kingdom here on earth becomes as real as the Ressurrection. Some thoughts from Fr. Brian:

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

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

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion | March 25, 2018

Was it that much of a crime?

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Was it really worth executing a man?

It seems a fair question, right?  I mean we just take for granted so much of what we hear today because we have been listening to it for so long that we know every twist and turn.

But what if we stopped for a moment and really thought about Jesus’ crime.

What exactly was it about Jesus’ kingdom that was so threatening to so many.

And I believe the answer to that question is woven throughout the…

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