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Holy Cross Church, Rumson New Jersey
A Catholic parish in the Diocese of Trenton
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Founder of the Camillans, an order of priests and brothers who care for the sick even at peril to their own lives. St. Camillus first popularized the sign of his order, The Red Cross, as a symbol for help and protection on the battle field or the bed of illness.... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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When clearing the wedding flowers away from the altar after a recent wedding, our sacristan made a discovery in the bottom of our urns which contain the florists arrangements. The rectory garage door is sometimes open during the day's heat and needing some weight to keep the urns upright, the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Diary of a Parish Priest
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The Carmelite "Brown" Scapular was shown by the Virgin Mary to St. Simon Stock, an early superior of the Carmelites during a time when their Order was under persecution, as an assurance of Mary's intercession especially at the hour of their deaths. The small, portable scapular of today derives from... Continue reading
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Posted 4 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Most of us cope with little superstitions without too much of an impact on our daily lives. Saying "God bless you," after a sneeze is even attributed to a superstition regarding the devil. Sometimes superstitions and arbitrary actions can become compulsory for the individual and begin to hem their lives... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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The first married couple canonized together, Louis and Zelie were the parents of St. Therese of Liseux, but were recognized for their own sanctity, especially the sanctity they exhibited in their vocations are spouses and parents. They were canonized on 18 October 2015 by Pope Francis. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Think for a moment about the genius of a rule written over one thousand years ago, which still has relevance for a community of persons to live in harmony for their whole lives. It's often summarized in a short phrase, "ora et labora," i.e. pray and work, but that doesn't... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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It's too beautiful a day not to take at least a few pictures of God's blooms. Some of the perennials in the rectory front yard are coming on strong, not bad since they have only had a couple of years to get going. In the meantime, a wildflower mix of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Workers Prepare to Rescue Trapped Thai Soccer Team Faith is a two way street A relationship between two persons. Divine faith is a relationship Between us and Jesus. It’s unlikely that anyone hard of face And obstinate of heart Will have faith with you. The first reading says it: they'll... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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The sanctity of the soul remains even when the body is violated, the sanctity of the body is not lost; and that, in like manner, the sanctity of the body is lost when the sanctity of the soul is violated, though the body itself remains intact. City of God, Book... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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One of Gustave Dore's many beautiful illustrations of the Bible. The prophet Amos finds himself isolated by God's truth and set apart for a mission to preach repentance and faithfulness to God's covenant. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Let us give thanks and pray. Today is a day to give thanks To those who have served and sacrificed To preserve our God given liberties To thank those who have handed on Their faith and their civic virtues To we their children And to pray that our nation always... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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An English abbot renowned for miracle working and his sanctity of life. Since it rained on the day his relics were translated from outdoors to indoors, the legend grew that it would rain continuously for 40 days if it rained on his feast day. The same is said to be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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A New Kind of Bigotry Over the short history of our nation, we have struggled with bigotry of various kinds and generally have forged agreement that bigotry has no place in a democratic country. Not only does it marginalize certain groups, often denying them their fundamental God-given rights but tears... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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For all the fans of "Rookie," the Golden Retriever bat dog for the Trenton Thunder minor league baseball team. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Sts. Peter and Paul, were two men with very different backgrounds. Their great love for Jesus Christ and His church they were helping to found kept them united in purpose and in the crown of martyrdom. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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In this morning's first reading we learn of the fall and captivity of the Northern Kingdom of Israel by the Assyrians. Though they are part of the chosen people, they ignored repeated warnings from prophets to reform their lives and worship only the God of the Israelites. They were carried... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Luke’s gospel this morning Should remind us of Christmas. The carefully balanced stories Of John the Baptist’s birth With Jesus’ birth Including that they were both Announced by the Angel Gabriel Prepare us As everything John the Baptist Said and did for the coming Of the Lord. By the time... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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This famous portrait of Thomas by Hans Holbein the Younger shows More's resolute determination and the symbols of his office conferred by King Henry VIII. Today's celebration begins a week of prayer for religious liberty in the diocese of the United States. We don't need reminders anymore how necessary this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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St. Aloysius Institute I liked this statue of Aloysius from The Jesuit Institute which shows the young saint's generosity and compassion. It reminds me a bit of Van Gogh's Good Samaritan. Compassion sometimes takes the form of hard work. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Today's first reading completed the Elijah cycle and in a dramatic fashion introduced the prophetic period of Elisha, his successor. Many ancient religions had sun gods who rode the fiery chariot of the sun across the daytime sky each day. Hearers would be quick to connect the arrival of a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Captain Jack from Jenkinson's Aquarium visited the Holy Cross School students on the last day of school. Doesn't the last day of school say "penguin" to you? Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Remains of a vineyard and winepress near the biblical location of Naboth's vineyard, coveted by King Ahab and deceitfully obtained by his wife Queen Jezebel at the cost of Naboth's life. Just after a sense of righteous anger is aroused in us after reading this passage in the First Reading,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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It shall put forth its branches and shall bear fruit and become a majestic cedar. Ezekiel 17:23 Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest