April 9, 2021

We continue the great 50 days of Easter and the continuous reading from the Acts of the Apostles. We hear Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit to preach and transform hearts. Peter came a long way from being “just Simon.” The transformative power of the resurrection got him on board to go fishing and […]


March 19, 2021

Solemnity of Saint Joseph The Santa Fe, New Mexico Cathedral Basilica has a wonderful retablo of Saint Joseph’s life in its Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Several moments in the life of Saint Joseph are artistically painted, giving us rare images and pictures of Saint Joseph. These glimpses of Joseph are windows into, as Jesuit Father James […]


March 12, 2021

How far are we from the reign of God? With our praying and questioning the Lord each day of our lives, do we come to the best answer? On this third Friday of Lent, we continue our journey with the cross as well as the tree of life. We have Hosea reminding us of God’s […]


February 19, 2021

Isaiah invites us to a more virtuous life today and to turn from those ways that lead us into temptation and sin. We should recall Ash Wednesday’s words: “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel.” The psalmist echoes God’s willingness to forgive and not mark our iniquities. How are we with others? […]


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The Revised Order of Baptism of Children – Part 5

We continue our pastoral commentary on the second edition of the Order of Baptism of Children [OBC], implemented last year. We are now in Chapter VI of our review. We pick up from Chapter V which is the “order” used for when a child is in danger of death. Chapter VI is the follow up […]

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February 12, 2021

Mark’s Gospel has fascinating geographic notes that help shape the narrative and the miracles. Not only that, it is the people you would least expect (think those on the other side of the railroad tracks) who are regularly able to acknowledge the Christ and be open to being cured and renewed. Today’s scene became part […]


January 15, 2021

“Rise, pick up your mat, and walk!” From what do we need to rise? Our scripture readings are an interesting prelude to the holiday weekend and the inauguration of another American presidency. We also look forward to the Octave for Christian Unity next week, also beginning on Monday. No matter who is inaugurated, do we […]


January 8, 2021

As we wrap up the Christmas season, our scriptures continue the theme of “epiphany” or manifesting. This short season invites and challenges us to show the incarnation’s power in our lives, especially through the healing presence that Christ made known to us. The first letter of John invites to testify to this incarnation of the […]


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The Revised Order of Baptism of Children – Part 4

We continue our pastoral commentary on the second edition of the Order of Baptism of Children (OBC), implemented last year on the Feast of the Presentation of the LORD (February 2). We are now in Chapter IV of our review, which addresses a catechist presiding at the liturgy because there is no priest or deacon […]

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December 4, 2020

Friday, First Week in Advent Author’s note: Out of respect for non-ruler language that is part of the concept of the “kingdom of God,” like other contemporary Christian writers and theologians, I am now using the word “kin*dom” as part of this theological concept that we are all building for a better world. The prophet […]