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Traveling a life of transitions: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel John 17:11B-19 by Father Steven LaBaire

Traveling a life of transitions: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel John 17:11B-19 by Father Steven LaBaire

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA. In preparation for mass this Sunday: Life is full of transitions. The longer we live, the greater the number of our years, the greater the number of transitions. Some transitions are rather universal like adolescence […]

Laying down one’s life: the decision to adopt a special needs child—a conversation with Allison Gingras, host of “A Seeking Heart” on Real Life Radio

Laying down one’s life: the decision to adopt a special needs child—a conversation with Allison Gingras, host of “A Seeking Heart” on Real Life Radio

From my current post on Catholicmom.com: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:12-13 In this new commandment Jesus took, “Love your neighbor as yourself” several steps further. Now love involves sacrifice. […]

The divine flavor of love: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel John 15:9-17 by Father Steven LaBaire

The divine flavor of love: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel John 15:9-17 by Father Steven LaBaire

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA. In preparation for mass this Sunday: “This is my commandment: Love one another as I love you.”  (John 15:9-17) I once knew a marriage therapist who used to say to couples: “Love is less about […]

Pruning the Vine: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel John 15:1-8 by Father Steven LaBaire

Pruning the Vine: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel John 15:1-8 by Father Steven LaBaire

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA. In preparation for mass this Sunday: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower…[every branch that bears fruit] he prunes so that it bears more fruit.” (John 15:1-8) Last year, I […]

Exploring the rich symbolism of the Paschal (Easter) Candle

Exploring the rich symbolism of the Paschal (Easter) Candle

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA. Exploring the rich symbolism of the Paschal (Easter) Candle During the entire 50 days of the Easter Season, from Easter Sunday until Pentecost Sunday, the Easter (Paschal) candle stands prominently at the head of the […]

An interview with The Priests at St. John’s Food Pantry: International singing stars with the hearts of servants

An interview with The Priests at St. John’s Food Pantry: International singing stars with the hearts of servants

Published in the April 3rd edition of The Catholic Free Press. **************************************************************** WORCESTER–March 27, 2015. On a rainy Friday morning … It was not your typical Friday at St. John’s Food Pantry in Worcester. As some five hundred of the city’s poor streamed in for a hot meal, three new faces greeted them. These men […]

The King on a donkey: reflections on the Sunday Gospel Mark 14:1—15:47 (Palm Sunday) by Father Steven LaBaire

The King on a donkey: reflections on the Sunday Gospel Mark 14:1—15:47 (Palm Sunday) by Father Steven LaBaire

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA. In preparation for mass this Sunday: In the ancient word, palm branches represented victory and hope. They were often used at political rallies. Carrying and waving palm branches expressed the hope that oppression and tyranny […]

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