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Dan Wright
Interests: spirituality, christian apologetics, <b>family activities, special education topics, social justice topics, and advocating and promoting the peace and unity of the human family.</b>
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What a great contrast there is that exists between Job who tells us that our life on earth is a pitiful drudgery, in which he will never see happiness again, compared to the words we hear in Psalm 147 that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at Deacon Dan Wright
Several years ago I wrote a homily on these very readings that we have today. I have to admit that it was a temptation to use it again. Homilists sometimes do that: it makes life easier for us and it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Deacon Dan Wright
In the midst of the ordinariness of summer, as our vacations end and we begin to prepare to return to school, we have an opportunity in the liturgical life of the Church to celebrate something special—a feast day Sunday in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Deacon Dan Wright
On this Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion the gospel reminds us that Jesus entered Jerusalem with crowds preceding him. He is the focal point of a great procession in which the crowds go ahead with shouts of praise to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Deacon Dan Wright
“Your faith has saved you.” The words of today’s gospel continue a “faith” theme that has been in our readings recently, and one that we will see continued next week as well. Clearly belief in the power of God is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at Deacon Dan Wright
In many ways the parable of the Good Samaritan makes for a fitting reflection for us today because the subject matter that it deals with directly is how we should respond to violence. It is no secret to any of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Deacon Dan Wright
It’s finally here. School is out for the summer, most graduations have taken place, and soon many of us will be off on our summer vacation adventures. In the life of the Church the major liturgical seasons are now behind... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Deacon Dan Wright
As we begin the discipline of Lent we are reminded in the Gospel on this Sunday, our first Sunday of the season, of the weaknesses of our human nature and with of our being prone to temptation and failure. Even... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2016 at Deacon Dan Wright
Each year Advent presents a time for a particular spiritual journey. In order take the journey, and in order to see our destination, we have to be able to clearly grasp what it’s truly about and separate it out from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at Deacon Dan Wright
Personal sacrifice is not something we often typically elect to reflect upon. Most likely, the subject of sacrifice is generally something we avoid. Perhaps this is because we don’t normally like to let go of what we have. Yet sacrifice—the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at Deacon Dan Wright
The following was delivered as my Sunday homily on August 2, 2015: For the second week now we have readings that focus on food, being fed, and on the hunger of the people. In the first reading the people complain... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Deacon Dan Wright
Here is yet another one, but more recent, that I missed posting. Corpus Christi, or the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, is when we celebrate the real presence of Jesus in the sacrament of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Deacon Dan Wright
The following post was given as my Trinity Sunday homily a couple weekends ago. I was asked to put it online. I apologize for my tardiness. The celebration of the Trinity is one of the events in the life of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Deacon Dan Wright
Today’s gospel reminds us to listen for the prophetic voice in the world. It also reminds us of the call to repent from sin and turn to righteousness in preparation for the coming of the Lord. These themes are as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Deacon Dan Wright
Today offers us a special opportunity. It's not often that we wear red in the midst of Ordinary Time on a Sunday in the late summer, but each year on September 14 we do celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Deacon Dan Wright
If ever I were asked to pick a theme for the Christian religion on the whole, I believe that theme would have to be God’s great clemency and forbearance in dealing with humanity. Another way of saying it is that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Deacon Dan Wright
In celebrating the Ascension of the Lord we prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit: liturgically we are getting ready for Pentecost next week. However, we might also ask how we prepare our hearts on a daily basis to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at Deacon Dan Wright
Today the Gospel of John recounts the story of Jesus raising his friend Lazarus from the dead. It’s a familiar story to us. We’ve heard it many times over the years, and perhaps we’ve even taken the time to read... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Deacon Dan Wright
Today’s scriptural lesson has to do with the deepest matters of the heart, and with the things in life that cause us to be concerned. However, in a more important way, the message is about what should concern us the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at Deacon Dan Wright
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I saw a Huff Post Religion story that featured a cropped version of this Ansel Adams photo of McDonald Lake in Glacier National Park. This one really does a good job evoking the sense of the sacred: silent, deep, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Deacon Dan Wright
"If you have faith the size of a mustard seed…” Perhaps faith is one of the most misunderstood concepts in the Christian religion. We seem intuitively to know that we need faith. It’s something that all people who desire to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2013 at Deacon Dan Wright
As is always the case in our readings we receive a message today that conveys truth to us about living a good life. For me this week it’s a message that is difficult. Not because the words don’t come to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2013 at Deacon Dan Wright
In today's gospel Jesus says to be rich in the things of God. In each of the readings I couldn't help but think of the analogy of making an investment. However, investment, understood in a financial or business sense doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2013 at Deacon Dan Wright
For years I held that the stories of Christian martyrs and their persecutions were historical facts and thus to be accepted without question. However, I recently found an article on a new book by Notre Dame scholar Candida Moss, which... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2013 at Deacon Dan Wright
I learned recently that Westboro Baptist Church has a new video that blames Christians for same-sex marriage. I don't want to post the video here. The link alone will do. I find it to be a rather pathetic thing. It... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2013 at Deacon Dan Wright