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 Amazon.com.

Advent’s Anticipation

“Wait, wait,” we hear far too often. “Just wait, it will come.” Waiting. It’s an anxious word. Uneasy, even agitating. You arrive in Florida for your January vacation. You’re told your room will be ready in about an hour when … Continue reading

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Eight Letters With a Space Between Two Words.

It’s eight letters with a space between two words. It’s said in passing, offhandedly, like a breath has left you – very often, waaaay too often. Most of the time only five of the eight are said, with a “s’ … Continue reading

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One Tiny Flame

The Parable of My Tiny Flame on My Kitchen Table (Please listen for these four words and their application to your lives)single flame:  the pilot light of our lives that burns that is needed to burn throughout our lives.
scent:  the … Continue reading

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“Investment, Yield, Return”

(Jesus’ parable of the “talents,” Five becoming ten, Two becoming four and one remaining only one.) We can all share a story or two or maybe even more about lost or wrong opportunities because of wrong thinking, impulsive thinking, bad … Continue reading

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“All Saints,” Opposites Unite

Up or down. Asleep or awake? Then there is also big, small and the colorless black, white. Life’s opposites. Or, so we think. It’s been said that in dating, opposites often attract. In religion we believe the opposite of opposites. … Continue reading

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“Imitation of Christ,” 30th Sunday

My neighbor’s two-year old son carries around the doll named Sheriff Woody. Just try taking Woody away from him. How often is Marlon Brando mentioned by actors as a model. Either to meet his standards or surpass them? How many … Continue reading

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Unsaid But Felt Words

Here’s two words you’ve never used in sentences your entire life. You’ve surely felt and experienced them but never having them leave your lips. They are St. Paul words. “Yearning and groaning.” Today it’s the tension between Caesar’s tax and … Continue reading

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Opening Three Gifts for God

“A feast of rich food and choice wines” may very well be the hopeful thoughts of those on dialysis three times a week. “On this mountain, he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples,” may very well be the … Continue reading

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God’s Vine and Us

It’s a “vineyard” weekend in the Catholic Church. It’s a striking image describing our connections and relationships with each other. Now, many of us don’t know that much about vineyards unless you live in River Hills. Isaiah tells us to … Continue reading

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“It’s the ‘Three’s’ of Spirituality”

We just love our “the threes.” How many jokes are told in threes, “A priest, a minister and a rabbi walk into a bar…” Then there’s Patty, Maxine, and Laverne, and how about “Ready, set, go?” “Father, Son, Spirit,” anyone? … Continue reading

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