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St. Camillus Church

How Do You Bless the Work You Do Today?

By Fr. Mike Johnson, OFM Each day I receive an email contemplation exercise from http://revealedpresence.com/. There is a photo — usually of some incredible nature scene. The photographer has such an amazing eye for drawing out the sublime from what, for me, would be ordinary and...
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A Day Wasted?

I had the day all planned out. Things were nicely scheduled with a bit of fudge time built in to allow for the unforeseen, yet inevitable interruptions. There was even an hour in the pool on the agenda. That is the beauty of a day off, it’s a blank slate that you can fill — or...
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Franciscan Life — Many Things, Never Dull

By Fr. Mike Johnson, OFM Last year, our friar community made the commitment to get out and monthly try something new together — something outside our collective comfort zone. A few months ago, it was a cooking class. Last month was demolition with Habitat for Humanity. This week,...
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Some Reflections on Ordination to the Priesthood

By Fr. Dan Horan, OFM “Do you feel any different?” has been the recurring and most popular question posed to me since Saturday morning when I and my Franciscan confrere, Steve DeWitt, were ordained priests by Cardinal McCarrick in Silver Spring, MD. It was a wonderful...
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Slogging Toward Completion

By Fr. Mike Johnson, OFM I opened my e-mail to review the daily report on the construction of our Victory Housing project for low income seniors. Up toward the top is the days lost to rain — 18. Some days I look out on that big expanse of brown and it looks like a muddy...
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The Brothers That God Gave Me

By Fr. Mike Johnson, OFM Last week I was helping out at nearby St Michael’s Church, and I was preaching on the Gospel where the four men bring their paralytic friend to Jesus. When they find the door is blocked, they rip off the roof and lower him down. Jesus is so moved by their...
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Celebrating the “Yes” of One of Our Own

I remember when I met Juan de la Cruz Turcios, on a frigid December night in 1997. A group was gathered here at St. Camillus for Las Posadas, the traditional Latin American reenactment of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter in Bethlehem, a key part of their preparation for the coming...
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