February 21, 2019

The rainbow is a beautiful spectacle in the sky. It is not a frequent occurrence. Genesis and Psalm 102 remind us that God looks down from heaven and hears our prayers. He has established a covenant with humankind and reveals the reason for suffering in our lives. Peter’s affirmation that Jesus is the Christ (Anointed/Messiah) […]

February 7, 2019

Jesus sends the twelve two by two, because he knows human nature. We are social beings and need one another. The church is a body, and every person reveals God’s love and presence in other human beings. Jesus gave the apostles authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey except […]

January 17, 2019

St. Anthony, Abbot The leper in the narrative of the very first chapter of St. Mark’s gospel is excluded from the faith community until he is cured. He pleads with Jesus to do so. Jesus reaches out, touches the leper, and says: “Be clean.” The man is immediately cured. Jesus then instructs him not to […]

January 3, 2019

The Most Holy Name of Jesus “See what love the Father has bestowed on us, that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are” (1 Jn 3:1). The love of God is revealed by the Holy Spirit. Jesus was revealed by the Spirit of God when the Spirit hovered over him […]

December 20, 2018

The archangel Gabriel appears to the virgin Mary, betrothed to Joseph of Nazareth, who is from the house of David. The son to be born of Mary is to be named Jesus (“God saves”). He will be God with us (Emmanuel) and the Son of God, who saves all who believe in him and love […]


Pope Francis’ Remarkable Ecumenical Record

Pope Francis has made contacts with ecumenical and interfaith leaders a defining priority of his ministry as the bishop of Rome and leader of the Catholic Church. Why is this so important? Pope Francis has made many headlines since he was elected pope and bishop of Rome in 2013 after Pope Benedict resigned at the […]

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December 6, 2018

Memorial of St. Nicholas A strong city have we; God sets up its walls and ramparts to protect us. We are a nation of firm purpose living in firm purpose and justice, keeping the faith (Is 26:1-6). We build our house on rock, not on sand, “for the Lord is an eternal rock.” We do […]

November 15, 2018

The Pharisees ask Jesus when the kingdom of God will come. Jesus answers: The coming of the kingdom cannot be observed. It is among you. In other words, it is first of all God’s mystery, secret. But more importantly, it is something that is already “among you.” In other verses of his gospel Luke says […]

November 1, 2018

All Saints Day, November 1, 2018 The Solemnity of All Saints has a long history. It arose from a desire to include “all the saints known and unknown,” especially the martyrs who were venerated in the early Church during the persecutions by the Roman emperors. Popes Gregory III and Gregory the IV established the feast […]

October 18, 2018

God planned “to sum up all things in Jesus Christ” (Eph 1: 16). God has revealed his plan, which is a mystery, in Jesus Christ. This plan is from all eternity. The ultimate reason for this plan is the glory of God. God’s glory and our salvation in the blood of Christ are the reason […]