August 12, 2019

In today’s first reading Moses explains what it means to “love and serve the LORD your God” with all our heart and all our soul. He tells us in very specific terms what the LORD our God asks of you and me. And it is not easy. We are first asked to “circumcise” our hearts […]

August 5, 2019

“When he . . . saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them . . .” The story of the loaves and fish in today’s gospel is so eucharistic. It’s one of the few stories about Jesus that appears in all four gospels. But what caught my attention while reflecting on […]

July 8, 2019

On a retreat in Rome in 1865, Father Peter Julian Eymard wrote, “I have been a bit like Jacob, always on the move.” Looking back over his life, he saw how everything that had happened, all the places he had lived and visited, the remarkable people in his life, revealed a loving God calling him […]

July 1, 2019

Today’s first reading is a lesson in prayer and also gives us a glimpse into a special relationship—that of Abraham and God. The very creative and imaginative author of Genesis provides for us an astonishing conversation in the form of a prayer of petition. In it we see a number of key elements of a […]

June 10, 2019

Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church Last month Jean Vanier died at the age of 90. He is best known for founding L’Arche International, which now numbers over 150 communities across 38 countries serving the mentally and physically disabled. According to the organization, L’Arche communities have 10,000 members worldwide, including core […]

June 3, 2019

“I have told you this so that you might have peace in me.” Many of us hear at the beginning of each Mass the words, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” With these words we are reminded, no matter the state we are in that moment, God, […]

May 13, 2019

“I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (Jn 10:10). What more needs to be said? A few thoughts: Spring is upon us. Leaves are in bud. Flowers are sprouting everywhere. Lettuce, spinach, radishes are popping up in our gardens. The windows (for many of us) are open and one […]

May 6, 2019

“Give us this day our daily bread.” Words we say so often—many of us daily—whether during the celebration of the Mass or to begin or end our daily prayer. And yet, what do we mean or think about as we pray these oh so familiar words? Today’s gospel is situated within the context of the […]

April 8, 2019

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” As a Baptist minister Dr. King was steeped in the Scriptures and clearly from this quote the play on light and darkness in John’s gospel (cf. John 1:4-5). […]

April 1, 2019

Are you ever a little low on faith? Your cup is empty and you need a refill? On the day after Laetare Sunday when we hear that most uplifting story of the bounteous love for the Prodigal Son, the prophet Isaiah tells us of the Lord creating “new heavens and a new earth” where there […]