March 6, 2020

We are now in the heart of our Lenten mission to renew our lives. With the prophet Ezekiel today, we are called to live a more virtuous life and to turn from those things that lead us into temptation and sin. This Friday’s reading hearkens to the words of Ash Wednesday: “Turn away from sin […]


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How to Pray the Liturgy of the Hours — Part 2

In the last column we gave a quick overview of how to initiate the regular celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours (LH) in your parish. Some people use the daily “app” on an electronic device (tablet or phone) to pray the LH. Many parishes offer books or a hymnal/music resource that have the LH […]

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February 7, 2020

These past two days, we have reflected on Saint Eymard’s baptism and the martyrs of Japan. Saint Eymard reminds us of his belief that the Eucharist sets us on fire to serve and to do God’s mission in the world. This mission becomes ours and unites us with the mission of previous prophets and saints […]


January 1, 2020

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God Last Day of the Christmas Octave Welcome to this new blog that is part of Emmanuel magazine! I am honored that our new editor, John Christman, SSS, requested that I share news, reflections and info that is timely on pastoral liturgy and worship. Before […]


January 3, 2020

Optional Memorial of The Most Holy Name of Jesus Christ For many of our parishes, we have Holy Name Societies, and this is a solemnity for this religious organization in the Roman Catholic Church. Saint Bernadine of Siena promoted devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. To do so, he used the Greek abbreviation of […]


December 27, 2019

Feast of Saint John, the Evangelist It’s an honor to write on my patronal saint’s name day and contemplate this special witness and saint of our faith. I love the liturgical history predating the placement of Christmas in our Roman Rite calendar with this annual remembrance of this disciple. Ancient days of memory (for Stephen, […]



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How to Pray the Liturgy of Hours

How do we make the Liturgy of the Hours a vital part of our parish prayer live? A previous series of columns (in 2012) detailed the important aspects of each piece of the Liturgy of the Hours (LH), the Church’s public daily prayer. While it is important to know the structure, this series will dig […]

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November 22, 2019

Memorial of Saint Cecilia Recently on a parish pilgrimage, we went to Rome’s largest catacomb, Saint Callixtus, where Saint Cecilia is reported to have been buried after being martyred in Sicily. There is a statue in the catacomb to mark this sacred spot of this holy virgin’s resting place until a church was built in […]