April 2, 2020

I will maintain my covenant with you and your descendants after you throughout the ages as an everlasting pact, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. On your part, you and your descendants after you must keep my covenant throughout the ages. The ancient Israelites believed that they enjoyed a […]

April 1, 2020

But you are trying to kill me because my word has no room among you. Today’s gospel reminds us that next week is Holy Week and how so many people wanted to kill Jesus. Was it jealousy? Was it hatred? Were they threatened by his message? Was it—recorded here—what he taught had “no room among […]

March 18, 2020

Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decrees, which I am teaching you to observe, that you may live . . . Observing the law of God is the theme that runs through both our scripture passages today. Moses speaks to the people as they wandered through the desert. Jesus follows up his teaching on the […]

March 4, 2020

What an interesting story we read about today from the book of Jonah. First, we have a reluctant prophet, and, secondly, we have the hated pagan Ninevites. Nineveh was the capital of Assyria and to the Israelites the personification of oppression, insolence, and unbridled inhumanity. And God was asking Jonah to go preach repentance to […]

February 19, 2020

What would our families be like, or the small communities of people we are a part of, or our parish communities if we could follow the wise words of James today: be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger . . . humbly welcome the word (of God) that has been planted in […]

February 5, 2020

Peter Julian Eymard was born on February 4, 1811. On the very next day, he was baptized in the ancient church of La Mure d’Isère, France (now the “Chapel of Saint Peter Julian Eymard”). Whenever he returned to the town of his birth, he would stop in to venerate the baptismal font in his parish […]

January 15, 2020

The LORD called to Samuel, who answered “Here I am.” Samuel thought it was Eli who called him, for he was not familiar with the LORD, because the LORD had not revealed anything to him as yet. Fortunately, Eli realized after three times it was the LORD who was calling to Samuel, and so he […]

January 1, 2020

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God We are invited today (rather than watching yet another football game) to visualize the scene from Luke’s gospel of the shepherds visiting the manger where the infant Jesus was lying. And perhaps in the tradition of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, we might use our imagination […]


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

January On January 25, 1865, Father Peter Julian Eymard began what became known at the “Great Retreat” in Rome at the Redemptorist Villa Caserta on Via Merulana, which is near the Basilica de Santa Maria Maggiore, the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome. He was awaiting a response from the pope on what he referred […]

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December 9, 2019

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary And coming to her, (the angel Gabriel) said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” The feast of the Immaculate Conception reminds us that Mary was conceived without original sin in the womb of her mother Saint Ann. And as Saint Ann nurtured […]