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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 02/07/2016

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C February 7, 2016 Luke 5:1-11 “Master,” Peter told the Lord, “We have worked hard all night and have caught nothing.” When your job is to catch fish, and you don’t catch fish, what happens? Frustration. The word is from the Latin “frustra,” which means obstruct. We feel frustrated .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 01/31/2016

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C January 31, 2016 Luke 4:21-30 My mother strictly enforced this rule in our home: Children should be seen and not heard. She reminded me with a swat and harsh words when I forgot and tried to correct a story she was embellishing for dramatic effect. So, I learned .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 01/24/2016

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C January 24, 2016 1 Corinthians 12:12-30 Viktor Frankl, a survivor of the Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps, wrote Man’s Search For Meaning, which has sold 9-million copies and is translated into 24 languages. It’s one of my favorites, and I just finished reading it for the third time. .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 12/20/2015

4th Sunday of Advent, Year C December 20, 2015 Luke 1:39-45 In today’s Gospel, we find Mary hurrying to the home of pregnant Elizabeth, a woman well past child-bearing years. She spends three months in Judah, caring for older cousin. Okay. Let’s back up for a second. Immediately before this hasty trip, Mary learned that .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 12/06/2015

2nd Sunday of Advent, Year C December 6, 2015 Luke 3:1-6 Luke wants to make sure you know exactly what was going on when John the Baptist began preaching his baptism of repentance. He placed John in history with the first part of this reading: the 15th year of Tiberius Caesar’s reign. That was enough. .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 11/22/2015

Solemnity of Christ the King, Year B November 22, 2015 John 18:33b-37 My grandmother would watch the TV show “Queen for a Day” every afternoon, and occasionally my cousins Phyllis and Patricia and I would watch with her. We even played “Queen for a Day” in the back room of her house, taking turns being .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 11/15/2015

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B November 15, 2015 Mark 13:24-32 Tell me how much you hate going to the DMV. It’s universal. You just have to mention having to renew your driver’s license or registration, and the reaction will be “Oh, no!” every time. The lines are brutal, and no one is smiling—not .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 11/08/2015

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B November 8, 2015 Mark 12:38-44 What’s the best gift you have ever received? You know, the one that makes you smile really big every time you think of it? The one that made you think, “Someone was listening”? About five years ago, I got a booklet in the .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 11/01/2015

All Saints November 1, 2015 Matthew 5:1-12a Robert Lax was a writer, an editor, and even did a stint as a circus clown. He was with Bob Dylan the night he wrote “Blowin’ in the Wind.” He also knew St. Padre Pio and was Thomas Merton’s best friend. Merton recently had converted to Catholicism and .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 10/25/2015

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time October 25, 2015 Mark 10: 46-52 Bartimaeus wants to see. It’s odd that he would be named in today’s Gospel. The people Jesus healed were usually named by their ailment: the blind man, the woman with a hemorrhage, the leper, the man with the crippled hand. Bartimaeus must have been .. read more

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