Author Archives: Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). www.Salvatorians.com. Six books on the Catholic church and U.S. culture are available on Amazon.com.

“Troubled Others?” Me Happy!

“Someone else is worse off than you,” Mother would tell me about my failing grade in science. (I didn’t want to be a scientist anyway!) Assembling my woe by amplifying it with the greater unknown or known sorrows of others … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Day’s “Thank You’s”

Eight letters, two words with a space in-between. It’s the recognition of a good deed done, service performed, or expressing appreciation. “Thank you.” Eight letters, two words with a space in-between. The short-hand version is simply thrown and tossed out … Continue reading

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Retirement?

Are twelve hours and a nap enough sleep for a newly retired seventy-year-old? Did the clock slow down, or am I only now more aware of time? Piercing questions with no answers with more questions I won’t bore you with. … Continue reading

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Zaccheus, 6’3 tall?

You may not know this about the Son of God, but…but (whispering) he wears glasses. And they’re bifocals. Contact lenses weren’t invented yet, and Lasik surgery was years away. I know this because I’ve had all three of them. Jesus … Continue reading

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A Homily for Everyone, Really

Today it’s a homily for everyone. While listening to other sermons, we can often say to ourselves, “This doesn’t apply to me,” and then count the lights in the ceiling or, worse yet, “Who is he talking about?” Today is … Continue reading

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Who’s the Sometimes Enemy?

Democrats and Republicans are never seen walking on the same sidewalk in Washington or Madison. Enemies is a popular theme in the Bible with their divisions, invasions, and killings. Election Day, November 8, is a truer night to watch a … Continue reading

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“The Prodigal Son?” You’re Kidding

Christianity rarely gets things wrong but titling this Gospel “The Prodigal Son” is a n outright mistake. That’s like calling “I Love Lucy” a TV show about Ethel. The title ought to be “The Crazy Loving Father,” for he is … Continue reading

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Four Words Says It All!

“For you.” Of me.” Probably the four mostimportant words proclaimed during Mass. They canbe throwaway words that we’ve too often heard orthey can become the bedrock of the relationshipbetween Jesus and us. Forget “WWJD” and having a “friendship” withJesus. Cutesy … Continue reading

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“How Do You Stop the Music From Ending?”

Lord God, “how do you keep the music playing? How do you make it last? How do you keep our song from fading, Too fast?” We love You Lord, our prayers to You are often repetitive hoping for a different … Continue reading

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Martha & Mary

During a sickness, illness or compromising health, who prays to God saying, “Keep it coming Lord!” I think your primary doctor would quickly increase your drug dosage. Yet, St. Paul, subjected to numerous afflictions – all done by him on … Continue reading

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