Category: Father’s Corner

Cinco de Mayo

Posted by Father Don Fraser - May 5, 2016 - Father’s Corner

The middle of the 19th Century was a time of great civil unrest in Mexico. The United States of America concluded a brief and arguably unjust war with Mexico. That war involved several young American officers, including Lieutenants Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. (Ironically, a young one-term Congressman from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln […]

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Catherine of Sienna

Posted by Father Don Fraser - April 29, 2016 - Father’s Corner

The last century was the most violent century in history. Two world wars, countless other regional wars, and several genocides. Millions of innocent people either killed, wounded, or impoverished. At the same time, and possibly linked by cause and effect, the social status of women rose to historic heights. At the beginning of the last […]

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Passover, 14th of Nisan, 5776

Posted by Father Don Fraser - April 22, 2016 - Father’s Corner

Tonight, at sunset, Passover begins. It is the 14th day of the month of Nisan, in the year 5776, according to the Jewish calendar. Why is this night different from all other nights? Because it remembers the night when the Angel of Death “passed over” the houses of the Israelites and killed the first born […]

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Happy Birthday to the Queen

Posted by Father Don Fraser - April 21, 2016 - Father’s Corner

Her name is Elizabeth Alexandra Mary. She doesn’t have a last name. But she does belong to the Royal House of Windsor. Today is her birthday. She is 90 years old. By the Grace of God, she is Queen of Great Britain & Northern Ireland and of her other realms including Canada, Australia & New […]

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Hear the Word of the Lord

Posted by Father Don Fraser - April 20, 2016 - Father’s Corner

The Hebrew Scriptures contain 45 books. They are traditionally divided into three parts, abbreviated in Hebrew as the TaNaka, the Torah, the Nabii, and the Hokma; or, in English, The Law, the Prophets and Wisdom. It’s the middle one I want to speak briefly about this morning: the Prophets. In the first reading, the early […]

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Lambs Among Wolves

Posted by Father Don Fraser - April 17, 2016 - Father’s Corner

To The Seniors on retreat: There are 104 wolf packs in the State of Idaho. That turns out to be about 700 wolves. In 2014, wolves killed 43 cattle, 100 sheep, 3 dogs, 1 horse, and no people. Here in Cascade, there are 11 documented wolf packs: 3 South of here; 6 East of here; […]

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The Joy of Love

Posted by Father Don Fraser - April 13, 2016 - Father’s Corner

Two years ago, Pope Francis, on a visit to South America, spoke off-script, to young people. He spoke directly to young people to look after their less fortunate peers and appealed to them to fight responsibility for the dignity of others. Then, he spoke one of his memorable – and controversial – remarks. He told […]

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Go So Loved the World

Posted by Father Don Fraser - April 6, 2016 - Father’s Corner

In the Late 1970s and early 1980s, it was hardly possible to watch a major sporting event without seeing a man holding up a sign. This is what the sign said: John 3:16. It is, of course, the verse that begins today’s gospel: “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, […]

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Faith is a Decision

Posted by Father Don Fraser - March 31, 2016 - Father’s Corner

Whenever I am in Jerusalem, I visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. It is an ancient church built over the site of Golgotha where Jesus died and the tomb where he was buried. They’re very close to each other: both places are inside of one huge church which has been built and re-built since […]

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On the Road With Jesus

Posted by Father Don Fraser - March 30, 2016 - Father’s Corner

In the Gospel of Luke, all the events of Easter take place in less than a single day. Yet what a day it was! Jesus was seen early at dawn and ascended to the Father late that night. In the meanwhile, he ate twice, once in Emmaus, and again in Jerusalem. The first name for […]

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