March 24, 2021

But you are trying to kill me, because my word has no room among you. Imagine for a moment that you were there to experience Jesus feeding the multitudes (John 6) or witnessed the dynamic of Jesus interacting with the woman caught in adultery and the men who wanted to stone her (John 8:10). Or […]


March 10, 2021

I have come not to abolish (the law) but to fulfill it. I grew up in a time when the Ten Commandments were the primary focal point of the code of behavior for a faithful Catholic. All my teachers (mostly nuns and priests) stressed the “Law” expressed in these ten commands throughout twelve years of […]


February 24, 2021

Even now says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, for I am gracious and merciful. What’s the point of Lent? The point of prayer? The point of every profession of faith, every Mass and sacrament we celebrate? Is it not each and every time to “return to the LORD with our whole […]


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Eymard Along the Journey: Eucharistic Reflections of Saint Peter Julian Eymard

March Saint Peter Julian Eymard desired to have a religious order dedicated to the Eucharist which had professed religious as well as lay members. The lay members are known as Associates of the Blessed Sacrament (or Aggregation of the Blessed Sacrament) and dedicate time in prayer to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. In 1866, there […]

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February 10, 2021

O bless the Lord, my soul! As I read and ponder this particular story of creation in Genesis and the Responsorial Psalm, a tune from the past comes into my head. So, if you remember, sing along with me: All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above. So, thank the Lord, oh thank […]


January 27, 2021

I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them upon their minds. In the 1970s, I taught at a high school run by the Ursuline Sisters of Brown County, Ohio. My purpose as a religion teacher was to “put” the laws of God and the Church into the hearts of my […]


January 13, 2021

Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested. The author of Hebrews reminds us of the meaning of the incarnation, a critical tenet of our faith: Jesus was born into our world not to help the angels, but us, the descendants of Abraham. Jesus […]


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“My Lord and My God” – An Inquiry into Our Personal Prayers During the Consecration

What is your response during Mass at the moment of consecration? At the consecration during the eucharistic celebration of the Mass we witness and participate in the transformation of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the mystery of faith that sums […]

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December 16, 2020

Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. Oh, how I long for more kindness and truth in the world today. I hope that families, friends, and communities can find peace. I would love to see justice “descend, like dew from above, like gentle rain,” that “the skies drop it down.” I want […]


December 2, 2020

The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces. A few days ago, I saw a story on the news about a young nurse in Montana. Their hospital was being overwhelmed by new Covid cases. With tears in his eyes, he told the story of not being present for the death of a […]