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.

“Jesus, Make Up Your Mind!”

Oh, wait! I got it. Jesus says, We’re the fish caught on the correct side of the boat. No. We’re all branches to his vine. No. We’re sheep, and he’s our shepherd. No, still. Here it is. We’re the burning … Continue reading

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Walter’s Fireplace

It was the unproclaimed center of our family home. Some days, it lit proudly, but most days it contained a soft, quiet glow. Yes, there were other rooms in our family home but that one, single place encompassed and measured … Continue reading

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“Reasonable Doubt”

“There has to be a reason,” we say about the car accident, being fired, battling cancer or winning the lottery. I’ve never believed in reasons. I like the phrase, “What we do to life and what life does to us.” … Continue reading

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Weddings & Music

Music. The notes and melodies that influences or confirms how our culture lives in a paticular time. Whether it’s Frank Sinatra or The Beatles, music so very often speaks of love as “all or nothing.” “My life will end if … Continue reading

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April’s Easter & Weather

Easter Joy to all of you. You wouldn’t think that joy needs an adjective. Joy seems to stand proudly on its own. April, snow. Snow, April. There’s two words that don’t go together. We Wisconsinites seem to plan our days … Continue reading

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Lent & Easter Combined

Al Jolson was wrong when he wrote and sang, “And when it’s twelve o’clock, we climb the stair, we never knock, for nobody’s there…just me…” After the resurrection, Easter healings began and the sick were placed outside “so that when … Continue reading

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Golf’s Redemption

Do you blame your guardian angel for not guarding you enough? Or, in the case of golf, is it your caddie? Or do you just throw your clubs (religion) away? Do you cheat – there’s always an excuse in both … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday

Our holiest of days next week is like the unholiest of a family’s yearly obligatory, optional dinner gathering.  It’s obligatory because it’s family, it’s optional but they’ll talk about you if you don’t show up. (“And, bring a casserole to … Continue reading

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Precision vs. Emotion?

“Oil and Water.” Can’t happen. Opposites don’t attract. Like-minded people are just that. Wait! What if it’s the precision of music and the emotions of the heart? Oil and Water? Forget about it. “Sussudio,” Phil Collins…”Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da,” Beatles “Na Na … Continue reading

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“Living the Mystery”

Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw … Continue reading

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