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A Letter to Fr. Duffy — by Fr. David May. Dear Father Jim, It’s been nearly a month now since you went home to the Lord, and I’ve been meaning to drop you a line for some time. But you know how it is at times:... (March 09, 2015)

When Life—or Lent—Goes Off the Scale — by Fr. David May. Lately, life’s been right off the scale. I rarely use a musical term and even more rarely know what it means, but this one has a common meaning that goes beyond music.... (February 18, 2015)

The Source of All Renewal — by Fr. David May. Late evenings in December have a special beauty here at Madonna House in what we call "the Main House." For most of Advent, the décor is kind of spare and simple. Unlike many folks today, we... (December 01, 2014)

How Much Silence is There in Your Life? — by Fr. David May. October. Month of the holy rosary. Month of turning to Our Lady in a renewed act of prayer for the world and for oneself. Month of standing before Our Lady of Silence seeking that rebirth that... (October 01, 2014)

We Have a New Priest — by Fr. David May. We have a new priest in our community! Ordained by our bishop, Most Rev. Michael Mulhall, Michael Richard Weitl became a priest of God on June 21 at about midday.... (September 02, 2014)

St. John Paul II: The Father of My Priesthood — by Fr. David May. Several seminarians recently spent a week here on retreat. Three of them were to be ordained within the next week or two. They spoke about the combination of fear and joy they were experiencing, along with... (July 22, 2014)

In the Twinkling of an Eye — by Fr. David May. How simple it all is! Jesus enters a village or town or country place. People come running from all directions carrying, urging on, and otherwise bringing him their sick.... (April 18, 2014)

So Lovable! So Pitiable! So Full of Self! — by Fr. David May. He emptied himself (Phil 2: 7). How do you like those three words about Jesus Christ as a kind of resumé or shorthand for his entire earthly mission? In New Testament Greek it’s only two... (March 14, 2014)

A Foretaste of Spring — by Fr. David May. Did you know that each year, on February 2, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple? In the Roman Catholic tradition, it is a day to celebrate Christ... (February 07, 2014)

Musings for the New Year — by Fr. David May. How did it ever come to this? Have you ever found yourself asking this question? I did when preaching a while back on the Gospel of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16: 19-31). How did... (January 01, 2014)

His Voice Is Not to Be Mistaken — by Fr. David May. Cheer up! It’s November! Time to think of the last things: Death, Purgatory, Heaven, Hell, and Judgment Day.... (November 11, 2013)

Faith in the Messy Midst of Life — by Fr. David May. "Those who believe, see; they see with a light that illumines their entire journey, for it comes from the risen Christ, the morning star which never sets." [#1] "The light of faith is unique, since... (October 17, 2013)

Treasuring Sorrow — by Fr. David May. One of my brother priests walked by me the other day and said, "Doing any cultivating in the gardens these days? You write your best articles when you are gardening."... (September 10, 2013)

His Word is Ever New — by Fr. David May. It’s time for some changes to this column. Over the years, my column has evolved from one emphasis to another, and those changes have been reflected in the names. It started as "Nazareth Today" in... (July 25, 2013)


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