August 16, 2018

The gospel today would be sharper if our translation of the Lord’s prayer used the expression of debts and debtors. That is wording of the text in Greek and Latin. This wording helps us to understand the pity of the master of the servants and the lack of it in the debtor whose debt was […]


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The Universal Call to Holiness

One in Christ by baptism, each of us is called to holiness of life. Saint Paul calls Christians “saints.”1 This is neither hyperbole nor presumption. It is a simple statement that God’s plan, mission and purpose in creating human beings is to make them holy. “Be perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect,” Jesus tells […]

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August 2, 2018

Feast of St. Peter Julian Eymard The charism of St. Peter Julian Eymard, celebrated in today’s liturgy, is a contemplative gift to discover the presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. It is also a grace to discover the presence of Jesus Christ in the church, especially in its poor and marginalized members. This […]


July 19, 2018

“Learn from me that I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find rest for yourselves.” Saint Augustine tells us in his Confessions that we are restless until we rest in God. He speaks of his flight from God within him; he was trying to find him elsewhere. All in vain. He did […]


July 5, 2018

Amos 7: 10-17; Matthew 9:1-5 Jesus comes to Capernaum and the people ask him to cure a paralytic. They are astounded when Jesus uses the words: “Your sins are forgiven.” Jesus performs a double miracle of curing the man’s soul and his body. He shows that the Son of Man has authority to pardon. The […]


June 21, 2018

The prayer Jesus teaches, as recorded in today’s gospel, begins with faith and reverence. We call God “Our Father.” In that, we recognize both God’s divinity and his goodness. He is beautiful, merciful and kind. The first three petitions of the Lord’s Prayer have to do with our relationship with God. We pray that his […]


June 7, 2018

Jesus tells us there is no greater commandment than the first of the Decalogue (Ten Commandments): “The Lord our God is one alone. You shall love the Lord with all your heart and soul.” The second commandment is not in the Decalogue; it is in the book of Leviticus and Jesus tells us it is […]


May 31, 2018

The Feast of the Visitation “Blessed are you among women” (Lk 1:39-56). Mary has been blessed by God. She goes in haste to her cousin Elizabeth and they learn they are both blessed by God. They share their joy at the great things the Lord has made. “How is it that the mother of my […]


May 17, 2018

That they may be one as we are one, that the world may believe that you sent me and love them as you love me. We have heard these verses of chapter 17 of St. John’s Gospel many times, especially since the Second Vatican Council. They are the clearest and most profound faith statement about […]


May 3, 2018

Feast of Saints Philip & James, Apostles Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. The Father and the Son are one God. This is the great mystery and the great truth that Jesus affirms in his conversation with Philip in the gospel of John. When we worship before the Blessed Sacrament, we are praying […]