October 13, 2021

. . . since you, the judge, do the very same things. Have you ever awakened in the night from a nightmare, heart pounding? A wild animal or a mean-looking dog or person is chasing you. It can be a frightening moment making it difficult to get back to sleep wondering about the dream and […]

September 22, 2021

I fell on my knees with my hands out to the LORD. Two things are essential to remember about today’s reading from Ezra and the Old Testament. Firstly, the ancient Jews saw the individual in the context of the community. So Ezra was praying with and for the community. Secondly, the Old Testament way of […]

September 8, 2021

Ancestry.com. Family trees. Interviewing a grandparent. All purposed for learning about our roots, understanding, if possible, about the people you and I are descended from. For many, information going back generations; for others, a block after only a few generations. All very fascinating. Today we read again about the genealogy of Jesus, the son born […]

August 25, 2021

We treated each one of you as a father treats his children, exhorting and encouraging you… How many of you have had a “cheerleader” in your life? Someone, who in the words of Saint Paul today, treated you as a parent, “exhorting and encouraging,” and calling you to “walk in a manner worthy of the […]

August 21, 2021

The greatest among you must be your servant. At a time when most Catholics received holy communion once a year, Father Peter Julian Eymard counseled frequent communion. In his own religious order, he told his followers to receive communion frequently, even daily. Two of his successors, Fathers Eugene Couet and Louis Estevenon, continued to champion […]

August 11, 2021

Memorial of Saint Clare, Virgin Amen, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. We are stuck! We cannot discuss religion or politics at family gatherings or holiday events with friends or neighbors. […]

July 28, 2021

The kingdom of God is like a treasure buried in a field, like a pearl of great price. Many decades ago, I had heard and then taught the following parable in my high school religion classes: A man died. At the pearly gates, Saint Peter met him and said to him, “Let me show you […]

July 14, 2021

Memorial of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha How do we experience a LORD who is kind and merciful, who pardons our iniquities, heals our ills, and fights for justice and the rights of the oppressed (Psalm 103)? For most of us, we experience the LORD only through others: family members, friends, neighbors, strangers, people we admire, the […]

June 23, 2021

It was on that occasion that the LORD made a covenant with Abram . . . I recently found a file card in a book I had not opened in decades. On it, I had written something from a “Calvin and Hobbes” book that was one of our son’s favorites when he was a young […]

June 9, 2021

Except for the special feasts and memorials, we are in a stretch of gospel readings for a few weeks from the Sermon on the Mount. In today’s gospel, Jesus emphasizes the importance of the law and how vital it is not to break one of the least of the commandments or teach others to do […]