October 25, 2019

Today’s gospel invites us to read the “signs of the times,” and quite literally even look at the sky to notice winds, temperature, and more. While we obsess with weather in our news coverage, we probably could use a little more sensitivity in taking the barometer of the people around us, the culture of the […]


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Final Comments on Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass

The Catholic Church cherishes the relationship between the Eucharistic celebration and worship of the Eucharist outside of Mass. We reviewed Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharistic Outside Mass (HCWEOM) in our column this year. One particular reason I developed this commentary was that I never did it before in the 20 years of writing […]

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September 27, 2019

Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul “Consider your own calling!“ These words begin our special readings today for this memorial. Our calling develops over time, especially as certain elements of life challenge or deepen our experience with Christ in and with others. Saint Vincent de Paul knew of his call to become a priest at […]


August 23, 2019

Today we remember the great Third Order Dominican Rose of Lima (optional memorial), patroness of the Americas and the Philippines, whose piety, asceticism and the care of the needy of the city inspired fellow Peruvians through their fasting to support the hungry and sick. Like our own holy founder Eymard, Rose learned to abide in […]


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Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass, Part V

The Catholic Church cherishes the relationship between the Eucharistic celebration and worship of the Eucharist outside of Mass. In our review of Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist Outside Mass (HCWEOM) we are finishing Chapter Three with a look at Eucharistic processions and Eucharistic congresses. (Please note that when I quote from the document, […]

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July 26, 2019

Solemnity of Saint Ann (& Saint Joachim) (Readings: Sirach 44:1, 10-15; Psalm 132; Matthew 13: 16-17—found at bottom of the USCCB site.) The feast of St. Ann is the special patronal feast for the US Province of the Congregations of the Blessed Sacrament. Special readings remind us of this grandmother of Jesus. Our country celebrates […]


June 28, 2019

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Recently in the May, 2019, edition of Give Us This Day, Melissa Musick Nussbaum gave a powerful reinterpretation of The Memorare: “Remember” (pages 8 & 9). Like most Roman Catholic Church prayers of ancient times, they begin with the title from the Latin. She noted the English […]


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Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass, Part IV

The Catholic Church cherishes the relationship between the Eucharistic celebration and worship of the Eucharist outside of Mass. In our review of Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharistic Outside Mass (HCWEOM), we are now in Chapter 3: “Form of Worship of the Holy Eucharist.” Exposition of the Holy Eucharist is 20 paragraphs of instruction. […]

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May 24, 2019

When my youngest nephew was born and named “Sylas” (yes, a creative spelling), most folks questioned the origin of the name. His parents were inspired by today’s first reading. This passage includes Silas and the other companions of Paul. These early leaders worked tirelessly and zealously to demonstrate Christ’s command that “there is no greater […]


April 26, 2019

“When does it count?” How many times have you heard this question about Mass? “From the gospel to communion?” “When can you leave?” John’s Gospel “counts” the number of appearances of the male disciples with Jesus, for this account today is one called the “appearance to the seven disciples.” The gospel author does not accurately […]