December 2, 2022

I love the Old Testament readings during Advent. Like the first reading today from the prophet Isaiah – they are often full of wonderful imagery that speaks of hope, better times, and the promise of a Messiah. For it is that time again to contemplate and pray over the meaning of the coming of the […]

November 18, 2022

My house shall be a house of prayer. I imagine in today’s Gospel that Jesus was both angry and so deeply sad. For the religious leaders of the people had so misconstrued such an essential aspect of their faith: prayer. Saint Peter Julian Eymard stressed the importance of prayer in our lives. For it is […]

November 4, 2022

Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop Imagine that Jesus said to you, “Prepare a full account of your stewardship.” Where would you start? What would you say? What kind of report would you write? For starters, the idea of “stewardship” is clearly a biblical idea. Humankind, through Adam and Eve, was given stewardship of the […]

October 21, 2022

We belong to several communities: our family, close friends, a neighborhood, a parish, a volunteer committee or ministry, and a group of Associates of the Blessed Sacrament, to name just some. Each has moments of wonder and joy; each can have challenges and disappointing experiences. What excellent advice we get from Saint Paul this morning […]

October 7, 2022

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary This past May, Pope Francis invited Catholics around the globe to join him in praying the rosary on the last day of the Marian month, calling upon the Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace, to grant humanity the gift of peace. Wars continue to cause death, suffering, and destruction. […]

September 16, 2022

Memorial of Pope Cornelius, pope and martyr, and Bishop Cyprian, bishop and martyr On a day the Church celebrates the memorial of a pope and a bishop, today’s Gospel lifts up three women, “Mary, called Magdalene, Joanna, and Susanna, who provided out of their resources” for Jesus and the twelve apostles. In other words, true […]

September 2, 2022

What does it mean to be a steward of the mysteries of God? What are the mysteries of God? Good questions for a servant of Christ. Perhaps the most fundamental of the mysteries of God is that the triune God has come into our midst in the person of Jesus and remains with us through […]

August 19, 2022

Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest? I confess that I have always been a bit envious of fellow Christians who can say with equanimity and confidence that they love God or even Jesus Christ. (I don’t know about the Holy Spirit.) I thank God daily for many things. I talk with Jesus […]

August 5, 2022

See, upon the mountains there advances the bearer of good news, announcing peace! Where, in God’s name, are we? As I write this reflection, the July 4th mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, dominates the news. In fact, over three dozen people were shot to death across the country on this our national holiday. The […]

July 15, 2022

I desire mercy, not sacrifice. This challenging saying of Jesus is unique among the Gospel writers to Matthew (cf. 9:13). In both instances, he takes a line from the prophet Hosea (6:6), which we hear during Lent. Through this prophet, God expresses the desire for “love, not sacrifice, and knowledge of God, rather than holocausts.” […]