November 19, 2021

Today’s first reading gives us a detailed description of the purification and rededication of the temple in Jerusalem, its celebration, and the implementation of the new feast of Hannukah. The praise of this ritual is echoed in today’s canticle from the first book of Chronicles (not a psalm!), where the grandeur and power of God […]

November 12, 2021

Memorial of Saint Josaphat, Bishop & Martyr Josaphat Kuntsevych lived in turbulent times between the Ruthenian Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Since 1054, tensions have been high between these two branches of Christianity. Born and baptized into the Orthodox tradition in Poland (now part of Ukraine) in about 1580, he lived between religious […]


Roman Missal 3 at 10

We have now completed the tenth year of using the third edition of the Roman Missal (RM3). While it may not be a priority for many Church leaders or others to review it with an evaluative process and make revisions, I would like to suggest otherwise. The text of RM3 suffered many battles through a […]

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October 15, 2021

Memorial of Saint Teresa of Ávila, Doctor of the Church Our three-week diet on the letter to the Romans continues today with a reflection on justification through faith in Christ. Paul retraces the history of salvation through Abraham’s faith and his essential witness. While Paul remembers his tent business transactions in the use of his […]

October 8, 2021

Our readings today call us to the task of bringing about the gift of unity. Our first reading from the prophet Joel precedes the famous reading we hear on Ash Wednesday each year. This is the first time in the book of Joel that reform is called for—a call to penance. With the frightening things […]

September 17, 2021

Our calling as followers of God, as Paul exhorts today, is a calling to a more authentic Christian life. We are called to pursue many qualities that will make us more Christ-like. We are to be people of the beatitudes, blessed and recognizing that when we live these values of the Holy Spirit, we will […]

September 10, 2021

We begin Paul’s letter to Timothy, an excellent one about this faith-filled person. For several days we will hear about the faith as lived among the early disciples, as well as our call to acknowledge another’s presence in our lives properly. This acknowledgment may lead us to properly seeing others without judgment and expectation. Too […]

August 20, 2021

Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church Today’s readings and memorial remind us of the great commitment to love. Our vocation, our call, is to be people who live this love by good works of care and support. Many weddings have used music based on the Book of Ruth to remind them […]


What Have We Learned from the “COVID Mass?”

A new mantra has developed for all of us: “What a year!” It’s been over a year since we returned to public worship in person after the initial closures. I write this column as Lent begins (February 2021) and am conscious that many of the current practices taken on to protect one another are perhaps […]

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August 13, 2021

Joshua addresses the people and reminds them of the rich heritage that is theirs through Abraham to their present status in the land of Canaan. In the gospel, Jesus gives a brief history of the marriage covenant and the importance of married love for the sake of our reign in heaven. Our readings give us […]