Stewardship Part 2

Posted by - April 14, 2018

When Paul described himself as a steward he was implying that God had given him a responsibility to proclaim the Gospel and to nurture new believers. God was the author and source of the Good News, but Paul understood that he was responsible to share in the spreading of the Gospel. He understood this responsibility

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Stewardship Part 1

Posted by - March 31, 2018

Every now and then you will hear of someone having a “green thumb”. This doesn’t mean that their thumb is literally green but rather that they are exceptionally successful in caring for plants. My wife has a “green thumb”. Where ever we have lived, either in the CNMI or in Erie, Pauline has planted a

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Forgiveness Part 2

Posted by - March 24, 2018

One of the core values of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan is forgiveness.  Forgiveness is probably the most difficult thing Jesus asked of his disciples. It is not an easy thing to do because you are being asked to let go of what you perceive as righteous anger and indignation. You feel that you have justice

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Forgiveness Part 1

Posted by - March 11, 2018

Justice is an important element of any society. No society can survive for very long if its members don’t have a sense of being treated fairly. Justice helps to ensure that if one person or group abuses another that the abuser will be stopped, and some sense of balance restored. The essential function of government

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Teamwork Part 2

Posted by - March 3, 2018

Scripture provides a balance of the individual and the community in the values it espouses. The vision that Christ sets before us as our goal is the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom is embodied in Christ but is meant to be a social reality, a community rooted in the will of God. While our individual

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Teamwork Part 1

Posted by - February 25, 2018

The United States is a nation that may be on the extreme end of valuing the individual and independence. This value has been shaped by the colonial history of the nation and the character of many of the people who migrated to the shores of the New World. Most of these immigrants were people who

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Hospitality

Posted by - February 17, 2018

When I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chuuk back in the mid 70’s every few feet someone would call out to me to come and join them. “Come, eat!” While it served as a greeting, it also expressed a basic hospitality that was part of the culture.  The stranger was welcome. Since then I’ve

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Respect Part 2

Posted by - February 11, 2018

The headlines in recent weeks report one celebrity or government official after another being accused of sexual harassment. These allegations include groping, inappropriate sexual talk in the workplace, all the way to the sexual molestation of children and even rape.  Many of those accused have admitted some truth to the allegations and resigned their position

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Respect Part 1

Posted by - February 3, 2018

Back in the 80’s I visited many Micronesian communities conducting planning workshops with grants from the Department of Justice, Juvenile Justice Program. The idea was to gather representatives of the local community in each locality and have them identify their core values, gaps in the community, vision for the future and how to achieve that

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Catholic Culture Part 4

Posted by - January 27, 2018

(This is a continuation of a series of reflections drawing on the core values mentioned in the Diocese of CK pastoral plan) Promoting Catholic culture is not directed only inward toward the members of the Catholic Church but has an external component as well. During the 11th and 12th centuries Europe underwent a significant transformation. The politics

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