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.

“Magic” Sacramental “Moments”

(Perry Como sings, “Magic Moments”) Who’s the singer? That song was Burt Bacharach’s fist big hit. “When two hearts beat are caring,” is truly magical. It’s even more natural for us to look for a “magic moment” in religion. We … Continue reading

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Cheap Grace & George Carlin

It’s the American way. Always looking for something and paying nothing. The advertisers tease us. We tempt ourselves. It’s often called “bait.” And the fish? Are you and me. “Free installation, free admission, free appraisal, free alterations, Free delivery. Free … Continue reading

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The Sower of the Seed

“Jesus said, “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much … Continue reading

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“Not By Bread Alone”

When do you do your best work? If you’re a morning person, you’re quite pleased with yourself come lunchtime. The afternoon now becomes a cinch. If you’re a “last-minute type of guy,” the time of day doesn’t matter, it’s just … Continue reading

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My Sleepy, Happy Cats

On any given day or night they are both sound asleep. (Or, are they?) A loud sound, a foreign movement alarms them to alert. But in the meantime, and I mean a long, long “mean time”, they represent what we … Continue reading

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“Ish” and “Like,” Twins

I’d like you to meet two friends of mine. Their names are “Ish” and “Like.” Those are not their baptismal names. It’s the names they’ve carved out for themselves as their lives unfolded. Perhaps you know them as a neighbor … Continue reading

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“Road to Emmaus”

(No, it’s not a Crosby/Hope movie. It’s taken from St. Ignatius, 17th century and to us today.) It’s a long walk home from Jerusalem, but you’re glad for the exertion. The physical work of walking might ease, just slightly, the … Continue reading

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“Divine Mercy” & the Virus

I bought some sweaters at Goodwill wondering about the previous owners. They looked good to me. Prior guy got bored, bought something better, or did he pass away? Secondhand is what stores like Goodwill sell. They sell you something that … Continue reading

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Light & Dark, John 3:16

I learned from a family with young children recently that when trophies are given for a sporting event, all the children receive one. It’s a warped sense of affirmation and religiously it’s a warped sense of Christ light in today’s … Continue reading

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Good Friday, 2020

“He’s dead. He’s gone. It’s over. He’s dead. I can finally launch my new 800 number. It’s available to everyone, everywhere. 1-800-it’sallaboutme. I know it’s long but it’s surely easy to remember. Repeat number. ’One call, that’s all.’ (That guy … Continue reading

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