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Stay Awake, Get Ready, Be Prepared

Rev. Jim Ryan, PhD  — jimryan6885@gmail.com Co-pastor of Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community 32nd  Sunday in Ordinary Time —  November 8, 2020 I have two things to say today – neither one necessarily connected to the other.  But each one relates to items we just heard about in the readings for today.…
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Thomas Merton, Joan Baez and their Midnight Run to Bardstown, KY

Rev. Jim Ryan, M.Div.,Ph.D.    jimryan6885@gmail.com I, along with 5 other young Passionist monks, met Joan Baez and Thomas Merton on the same day in the same place.  The place was Gethsemani Abbey, Bardstown, Kentucky.  I have lost track of the actual day.  It was either Fall of 1967 or Winter of 1968 – I’m betting…
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Paul & Epaphroditus – brothers, co-workers, comrades in arms

Paul & Epaphroditus – brothers, co-workers, comrades in arms © Rev. Jim Ryan, PhD  — jimryan6885@gmail.com Co-pastor of Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time —  October 11, 2020   The Letter to the Philippians has been the second reading in the Sunday lectionary for the past four weeks. …
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The Single Issue Catholic Voter – 25 yrs. later

The Single Issue Catholic Voter       by Rev. Jim Ryan, M.Div.,Ph.D. jimryan6885@gmail.com On March 25, 1995 Pope John Paul II (JPII, initials for brevity) issued Evangelium Vitae (EV) (Gospel of Life).  It is his encyclical letter that, now 25 yrs. later, serves as the basis for the moral rectitude, the established justification, and the political implementation…
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Negotiating one’s response to God’s call with those one loves

Rev. Jim Ryan, PhD  — jimryan6885@gmail.com Co-pastor of Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time —  September 20, 2020 Read today’s passage from Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (1:20-24,27) and search within his statement of the benefit on either side of living or dying in Christ.  You just may…
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“We Will Never Forget” so let’s RE-member

Rev. Jim Ryan, PhD  — jimryan6885@gmail.com Co-pastor of Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53213 On Friday we kept the Memorial of September 11th.  The day continues to stand as the national tragic encounter with the depths to which hatred, violence, and extreme polarization will go in the living of human-to-human…
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How do you translate eklesia?

Rev. Jim Ryan, PhD  — jimryan6885@gmail.com Co-pastor of Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time —  September 5-6, 2020 This weekend we made a little history, we think.  We made that history with one other community called Inclusive Catholics.  Our Mary of Magdala Community is based in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin,…
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“In Praise of Risk” by Anne Dufourmantelle

A Review by Rev. Jim Ryan, PhD  — jimryan6885@gmail.com Co-pastor of Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53213 On July 21, 2017 Anne Dufourmantelle drowned while attempting to save two children (who survived) that were swimming in the Mediterranean off the Southwest coast of France.  At the time, the news of…
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Free to Worship Without Fear

Rev. Jim Ryan, PhD  — jimryan6885@gmail.com Co-pastor of Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53213 In a recent discussion about preaching a question arose as to what people will or won’t hear preached in the RC Church.  The particular topic escapes me now, but the idea of this reminded me that,…
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