Let The Holy Spirit Drive You

Are You A Control Freak?

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My oldest niece, Kelsey, is now 15-1/2 years old, so you know what that means? She has gotten her temps. She is driving now, and the only one that has not taken her out so far is her Uncle Mike. (I think it was because I was always the wild one in the family.) When […]

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Do You Preach at Work?

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If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast of an obligation that has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it. This line always hits me as a priest because of my obligation to preach, but I think it is very appropriate for all […]

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Have You Seen Breaking Bad?

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It is the 10th anniversary of a show that was really popular on television called “Breaking Bad.” It is really popular on Netflix for many people to binge watch. Unfortunately, I have become one of those people. It is a television show about a high school science teacher. He is diagnosed with a type of […]

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Lord, Every Nation on Earth Will Adore You

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On this Feast of the Epiphany, we realize and celebrate the Magi who represent different nations coming to experience Christ the Newborn King. That He would become the ruler. We hear in the Psalm today, “Lord, every nation on Earth will adore you.” That was the prophecy coming from the Psalms way back when Christ […]

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Have You Had Enough of Your Family?

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Have you had enough of your families yet? All this quality time we get with our families over the holidays, it is all popped in there. Christmas and New Year’s Day. Sometimes the more time we spend with our family, we love them, but sometimes they can also sometimes be kind of difficult to live […]

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Christmas Homily 2017

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We had our living nativity this year at St. Gabriel’s.  The good news is none of the animals got loose.   It actually happened here about 20 years ago with Fr. Pahler, and I think even Fr. Brady was chasing after a cow or sheep on Johnnycake Ridge Rd. It actually did happen this year at […]

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Nativity Video: Watch the Living Nativity Special

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St. Francis of Assisi had a special devotion to the child, Jesus. He is credited with creating the first Nativity Scene on Christmas Eve of the year 1223. St. Francis recreated the scene of Christ’s birth in a special ritual at a Mass he held inside a cave in Greccio, Italy. He invited his fellow […]

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Let God Comfort You

Do You Need God To Comfort You?

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“Comfort.  Give comfort to my people”, says the Lord. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem.”  On the Second Sunday of Advent, I want to talk a little about comfort, and how God desires to comfort us in our journey. Life is a journey.  Any journey worth taking is going to involve its difficulties, its hurts, and involve […]

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Why Waiting Matters

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“No ear has ever heard.  No eye has ever seen any God but You doing such deeds for those who wait for You.” I want to talk about and do just a little bit of play on words here, because that is what the First Reading is doing from the Prophet. He is using these […]

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Did I Do Enough To Get To Heaven?

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I have a good priest friend of mine who has only been ordained less than a year. He just had to bury his grandfather. I went to the funeral and for the funeral homily he relayed a story of the last time he talked to his grandfather. The grandfather was talking to his grandson, who […]

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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.