John the Baptist

John the Baptist

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Today is a very special day for me. It is actually an anniversary for me – the anniversary of my baptism. That’s right. Thirty-nine years ago, I was baptized into the faith, and it is celebrated as one of the most important days of my life. It is also the feast day of John the […]

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Did Jesus really work miracles or are they just pious tales?

Miracles at Mass

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There is a saying that states there are two things that are certain in life – taxes and death. We have heard that before; however, Jesus shows us that one of those is wrong. Even though we must pay taxes, he has power over death. It is amazing how the readings are laid out today. […]

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An Invitation to Rest

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This past week, I was on my annual eight-day retreat. It is always wonderful when you make a retreat to get away for a while and to spend time with nature. When Jesus went away, he spent time with nature. There are usually three places he goes away to: the mountains, the desert (or wilderness), […]

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Broadway NYC 2018: Hamilton, Dear Evan Hanson and Once on This Island

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Well, here I am walking down Times Square. I got to see a couple of Broadway shows over the last couple of days, and it is interesting because they seem to have a common theme to me.  The common theme that seems to stick out so much is despair, and really, it is a despair […]

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Royal Wedding

Your Tickets to the Royal Wedding and Disney’s Aladdin

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On Friday, my baby sister Sherry and I went to see Aladdin at The Playhouse Square. We just had a wonderful time being together and experiencing that childhood movie that was brought to life on stage. For me, the biggest mystery is how they made that carpet fly. The magic carpet was actually amazing if […]

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World Communications Day

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As we celebrate this Ascension Sunday, we hear Jesus give his commission to his disciples. The last thing he says to his disciples before he ascends to heaven to be with his Father is to tell them to go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News. I think that it has to […]

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Cobra Kai

Cobra Kai: Remembering The Karate Kid

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We’re already on the Sixth Sunday of Easter, which means we are getting ready for Ascension Sunday.  So, Jesus is preparing us for the time when he’s going to leave us and ascend to the Father. He says to us in a very reassuring way, “Remain with me. All you have to do is stay […]

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Vine and Branches

The Vine and The Branches

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While I was praying this week with this beautiful imagery of the vine and the branches, I contemplated the notion of remaining in Jesus and questioning how we remain in Jesus. While I was praying, it occurred to me that I really didn’t have much experience with vines. I was trying to think back on […]

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Fr. Michael is Entering a Time of Discernment to Consecrated Life

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Cleveland, May 4, 2018 – Fr. Michael Denk is entering into a time of discernment to consecrated life.  The Diocese of Cleveland has granted Fr. Michael Denk a leave of absence to pursue formation in the Voluntas Dei Institute.  Father Michael remains a priest of the Cleveland Diocese but is granted a […]

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The Tree That Survived the Winter

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Today, Fr. Jeremy and I were walking from the church to the rectory, and there was actually sunshine. He said to me, “Every time it comes to springtime, I feel like I survived another winter. I made it through another winter. I kind of feel like that, too. Making it through winter in northeast Ohio […]

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I'm Father Michael J. Denk, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. I am a contributor of content to The Prodigal Father Productions, Inc., a non-profit corporation functioning in accord with the traditions and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The corporation and I are separate, it doesn't speak for me, the parish, or on behalf of the Diocese of Cleveland, and I do not speak for it.