August 15, 2019

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Devotion to the Blessed Virgin and belief that she was assumed into heaven body and soul has a long history. It was well established in the fifth and sixth century, as well in the liturgy of the Eastern churches, Catholic and Orthodox, (the Dormition of the Virgin Mary), It […]

August 1, 2019

Memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God! (Psalm 84) St. Peter Julian Eymard loved to pray before the tabernacle of the parish church near his home in La Mure d’Isère. His sisters found him there “listening to Jesus” when he was a very young boy. His desire […]

July 18, 2019

“I am Joseph, your brother. Be not distressed. It was really for saving lives that God sent me here ahead of you” (Gen 45:3-5). We all know the story of Joseph and his brothers. It is the story of jealousy, love and forgiveness in a family that became a nation and our ancestors. The gospel […]

July 4, 2019

Independence Day ”Justice and peace are gifts of God. They are fruits of the Spirit for a Messianic Age; justice will bring peace.” St. Joseph’s Daily Missal summarizes the reading from Isaiah (Is 32:15-18) in these words. It is an appropriate text for our reflection today as we celebrate the Fourth of July, Independence Day. […]

June 20, 2019

Have you ever wondered why the second part of the Lord’s Prayer is generally interpreted as food for the hungry? All of the intentions prayed for in the Our Father are all spiritual. We pray that God’s name be held holy. We pray that God’s kingdom come and his will be done, etc. We also […]

June 6, 2019

Jesus prays to the Father for the unity not only of the Apostles, but for all generations that will believe that the Father sent his Son for our salvation and our vertical communion (koinonia) with God and our horizontal communion in Jesus Christ. At the heart of the Second Vatican Council and its teaching about […]

May 16, 2019

“Before the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come” (Jn 13:1) begins the Book of Glory in St. John’s gospel, and follows the Book of Signs. “I am telling you beforehand so that when it happens you may know that I AM” (Jn 13:19). A bit further, Jesus gives a new commandment: “Love one […]

May 2, 2019

Memorial of St. Athanasius “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our ancestors raised Jesus. God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins. We are witnesses of these things, as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who […]

April 18, 2019

Holy Thursday On the night before he was handed over, Jesus took bread, broke it, said the blessing and said: “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way the cup, after supper saying: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this as […]

April 4, 2019

“If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true. There is another who testifies on my behalf. The Father has testified on my behalf” (Jn 5:31-37). Witnesses testify, take an oath that they are telling the truth. This passage from John’s gospel names several witnesses, beginning with Jesus, who says his testimony […]