October 3, 2019

Ezra, the priest, brought the law before the assembly: men and women, and children old enough to understand listened attentively to the reading. He blessed the Lord and the people who with arms raised high, answered “Amen. Amen.” Then they bowed down and prostrated themselves before the Lord, their faces to the ground. The Levites […]

September 19, 2019

A Pharisee invites Jesus to dine with him. A sinful woman learns about it and makes her way to the house and kneels behind Jesus, who is eating at the table. She washes his feet with her tears and wipes them with her hair, and anoints his feet with precious ointment. The Pharisee is judgmental; […]

September 5, 2019

Pescador de Hombres (Fisher of Men) is a beautiful reflection in music, well known to Spanish speaking Christians. Let me give you the first verse and refrain: Lord, when you came to the seashore You weren’t seeking the wise or the wealthy, But only asking that I might follow. Refrain: O Lord, in my eyes […]

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 […]