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 […]


November 18, 2020

I took a scripture class in 1980 on the Book of Revelation. When we got to chapter four (today’s first reading), our professor gave us a homework assignment: read 4:1-11 three times and then draw a picture using any art medium you want. It was an excruciating task for someone with such little artistic talent […]


November 4, 2020

If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whew! I’ve never liked this passage. When I was studying to be a priest, then single, it seemed easier. But “hate”? However, once married, and with children, my […]


October 21, 2020

You have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me . . . I’d like to focus today on one important understanding of “stewardship”: making wise choices for how we individually and collectively make use of God’s gifts of creation. In a “Peace Message” on January 1, 1990, Pope John Paul […]



October 7, 2020

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary commemorates a decisive military victory on October 7, 1571, over the Ottoman navy at the battle […]


September 16, 2020

Give thanks to the Lord on the harp, with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises. I love music. Classical. Folk. Chamber and Country. Blue Grass and Mountain. Opera. Rock, even Rap and Hip Hop. Good liturgical music. I play the guitar, dulcimer, and piano. In those days, when I was engaged in study and discussions […]