January 21, 2022

He appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) Father Peter Julian Eymard wrote to a Mme. Lepage on January 24, 1864: Remain always an apostle of God of the Eucharist; it’s a mission of fire near those who are cold, of light for those who do not believe, of holiness for the soul of the […]

January 7, 2022

Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean. As our favorite octogenarian Associate Pastor has always gently reminded us at the Penitential Act at Mass, “we are all wounded.” I always marvel at that statement looking around the church, and yet, it’s always helpful to remember that we are indeed the “body of Christ” […]

December 22, 2021

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord! If you have prayed Evening Prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours – many of our readers hundreds of times, some thousands – you know oh so well how we rush too quickly through what we call the Magnificat of Mary. We miss so many thought-provoking words […]

December 18, 2021

It is a challenge to focus on presence during a time of year obsessed with presents! However, today’s Gospel invites us to do just that. We hear again that familiar story of an angel of the Lord appearing in a dream to Joseph, the husband of Mary. Among other verses, the angel quotes the prophet […]

December 8, 2021

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Religious art was really the first catechetical method, especially for those who could not read. Cathedrals and churches filled their sacred spaces with artistic masterpieces depicting essential people and stories from the Bible. The artists presented in their works the prevailing teachings of the Church […]

November 24, 2021

Sun and moon bless the Lord. Some years ago, our four-year-old first grandchild, Hunter, announced that he wanted to say grace at the family Thanksgiving dinner table. Our daughter Lizzie’s (his mother) and my eyes met. (That had always been my role on Thanksgiving since she was a child.) Her eyes read, “Oh my dad, […]

November 10, 2021

. . . he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. Shortly after taking over as the new prefect for the Vatican’s Congregation of the Evangelization of Peoples, Luis Cardinal Tagle, of the Philippines, said these words in a homily at Mass: “We should reflect and pray over the experience to find meaning […]

October 27, 2021

…The Spirit intercedes with inexpressible groanings What is stirring in your heart and prayer today? What are those “inexpressible groanings?” A few of mine: There is water damage to a wall in our dining room. How will that desperate mom at the border seeking asylum find peace and safety for her young children? What’s ahead […]

October 16, 2021

What do the three great religions have in common? Abraham. He is in all their stories, especially with his belief in monotheism. Jews and Christians believe that God established the covenant through Abraham. When Muslims pray five times a day, they bless Abraham as a great prophet and friend of God. Paul writes today, “the […]

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 […]