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The Responsibility Of Belief -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 1998
The time was the reconstruction period following the great American Civil War.
It's Never Too Late -- Matthew 20:1-16 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A -- 1998
The term "late-bloomers" refers to people who respond later in life to an invitation, but still mana
The Challenge Of Tough Love -- Matthew 18:15-20 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1998
The time was November 1930. The place was the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.
Completing The Master's Work -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1998
Giacomo Puccini was one of the greatest composers of opera who ever lived.
The Journey To Freedom Begins -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 1998
Mohandas Gandhi, the famous Indian freedom fighter and certainly one of the most influential persona
Our Need To Talk With The Son -- Acts 10:34-43 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Easter Day - A -- 1998
Three sisters lived in the forest.
Metanoia: The Process Of Conversion -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
Is the life you lead one for which you want to be remembered?
Community Forms The Common Good -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
"Outlined against a blue-gray October sky, the Four Horsemen rode again.
Proclaiming The Message Of God -- Acts 7:55-60 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
"When Christ calls a person, he bids that one to come and die." These words were written by Dietric
Center Yourself In The Lord -- Acts 17:22-31 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
When Charlie Atlas was a teenager his parents purchased for him a dresser mirror that he placed in h
The Community Of Life -- Acts 1:6-14 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
Unity and disunity -- these words are more than mere opposites.
Freely Sharing The Burden -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Good Friday - A -- 1998
Once in a far-off land there was a great king whose dominion extended far and wide.
Greed Leads To Destruction -- Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- First Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
Once there was a man who owned a little plot of land.
Answering God's Call To Mission -- Genesis 12:1-4a -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
On a warm and sunny early June day in 1943 John Francis Laboon, "Jake" to his friends, stood with hi
The Water Of Life -- Exodus 17:1-7 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Third Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
Knowledge that water is an integral ingredient of life was a concept not lost on the ancients.
Looking To The Heart -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
Once upon a time in a far-off land there lived a wise but old king.
Moving From Death To Life -- Ezekiel 37:1-14 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
He was chained, held bound in a life of torment and blasphemy.

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Doing Right Because It Is Right -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 1998
In a vast field that stretched as far as the eye could see, a great multitude of people milled about

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