June 27, 2022

There were times when we were raising our boys that our voices and mannerisms gave them a sense that what we were saying was important; “Clean your room! Time for homework! Help with the dishes!” They understood the differences in the tones in which these things were uttered that sent a somewhat urgent message, Now! […]

June 20, 2022

So will you be judged. Matthew 7:1 Judging others and criticizing others is almost like a disease, a condition that’s very difficult to heal. Some of us experienced the symptoms early in life – as I did. It was so easy to find fault and unpleasant differences in people around me. I was too young, […]

May 23, 2022

A well-known insurance company has one of my favorite sayings: “You’re in good hands.” This pledge is repeated in a calm voice by a man whom we seem to trust. The message is reassuring, caring, and comforting, just like the readings for today. Paul questions the present disciples who tell him they received the baptism […]

May 16, 2022

The Acts is the story of the beginning of our Church and the struggles that had to be faced by those summoned and sent out by Jesus. His devoted followers were determined to make his teachings come alive for the multitudes. We all are familiar with some of those early leaders chosen by Christ: Peter, […]

April 25, 2022

God bestows favor on the humble. Peter Julian Eymard would have loved the first reading today, which focuses immediately on humility. He strongly urged everyone to practice self-giving acts, which cannot be done wholeheartedly without first being sincerely humble. We pray, “Lord, I am not worthy. . . “Unworthiness is not being unloved; it is […]

April 18, 2022

One of the most important days in our Catholic faith is when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our savior. We glorify these days with everything spring, flowers, music, Easter dresses, Easter bonnets, baskets of dyed eggs, but most of all, with prayers of gratification and love for the one who has saved us. […]

March 28, 2022

When you speak, do you use your hands, gesturing to make a point? In today’s gospel, John 4:43-54, a royal official asks Jesus to come to Capernaum and heal his son, who is ill. When I read Jesus’ response, I could hear his exasperation and the impatience in his voice as he said, “Unless you […]

March 21, 2022

Many of the stories in Scripture seem as though they might be presented to us as dramas complete with casts of characters, various scenes, and lives to be portrayed. Today we read of Naaman in 2 Kings 5:1-19 and his transformation. Naaman, a commander in the army, highly respected and thought of by his troops, […]

February 28, 2022

More Precious than Gold. God never sends us more trials than we can handle. How many times have you heard that! How often have you been up against something that seemed beyond your control, your strength, your understanding? You may have prayed for assistance, but it didn’t seem that help was coming. With enough faith, […]

February 21, 2022

Who among you is wise and understanding? (James 3:13) Wisdom is not necessarily knowing what is true or false, right or wrong. Wisdom is about the art of living. My dad was a very wise man who had a strong belief in the value of common sense. He had wonderful toolboxes he used, and he […]