July 1, 2022

The prophet Amos did not mince words: “Hear this, you who trample upon the needy and destroy the poor of the land!” He indicts the people for cheating and taking advantage of the “lowly man.” And then he tells them what the Lord God plans to do: “. . . cover the earth with darkness […]

June 17, 2022

For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. Over the past several years, we have become accustomed to seeing in painfully graphic ways on news shows and video replays people carrying their most treasured earthly treasures fleeing from some catastrophic event: a raging forest fire, flash floods, lines of women and children […]

June 3, 2022

Memorial of Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs Among the many gut-wrenching martyrdoms over the centuries, none could be more horrific than that of Saint Charles Lwanga and his companions. He courageously tried to protect young boys from an evil king. For that, he and his companions were burned alive. Today’s Gospel looks back to […]

May 20, 2022

I call you my friends . . . As I read the scriptures for today, a majestic song comes into my head: Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, or “Ode to Joy.” Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love. Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee, Op’ning to the sun above. I go […]

May 6, 2022

This is the bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. As disciples of Jesus trying to live a eucharistic spirituality inspired by Saint Peter Julian Eymard, we believe the message in today’s Gospel. Eymard taught that “. . . Holy Communion (is) our life and support in this life” […]

April 15, 2022

Good Friday – Friday of the Lord’s Passion Jesus went out . . . to where there was a garden Growing up, our parents’ expected that we would spend noon to three o’clock on Good Friday in our room or some quiet place. As we got older, we would walk to our parish church for […]

April 1, 2022

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted. I remember as a youngster reading a magazine about an American religious community whose members were missionaries. How fortuitous it was that some 40 years later, I would have as a consulting client the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers headquartered in Ossining, New York. During those years, I heard […]

March 18, 2022

Here comes that master dreamer. Joseph, and his father Jacob (Israel), are known for their dreams and dreams that connected them with their God. Today I want to reflect on a different kind of dream: the ones we have in our hearts, the ones we bring to our prayer and contemplation, the ones we pray […]

March 4, 2022

A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn. We of a certain age grew up giving up things during Lent: candy, desserts, Coke, a favorite snack, alcoholic beverages (later), etc. We “holy ones” gave up speaking ill of certain classmates and not fighting with our siblings. (That lasted about a day.) We […]

February 18, 2022

. . . faith without works is dead. Both/and. Disciples and apostles. Contemplation and action. Faith and works. At times, there is a tendency for each of us to think in dualistic terms. We see life with an either/or lens. It’s one or the other; one aspect is more important than the other, my perspective […]