November 28, 2022

When I was young, the Advent season seemed to be Lent’s first cousin. I thought it was a time of repentance and waiting because something important would happen. We were encouraged to make some sacrifices to help prepare for Christmas and to spend some extra time in prayer in expectation of the coming of the […]

November 21, 2022

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Memorial As I reflect on the Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I cannot help but note that the next day, November 22, will be my 85th birthday and our older son’s 62nd birthday. Birthdays at my age are usually spent remembering past celebrations and family […]

October 24, 2022

Experts guide us to improve our physical and mental health – eating the right foods, exercising more, etc. You’ve heard it all. God gave Moses a set of commandments to guide our lives. In this first reading, Saint Paul gives us additional suggestions about improving our souls. A healthier soul often leads to a healthier […]

October 17, 2022

Emergencies happen! The Red Cross teaches lifesaving skills to use on these desperate occasions. Their instructions include stop the bleeding, listen for breathing, put ice on the swelling, do CPR when needed, and call 911. Those are all good things when trying to help someone who is sick or hurt. But what about our souls? […]

September 26, 2022

The disciples were battling over which of them was the greatest. Jesus’ response was to show them a small child and tell them that whoever receives this child in his name and receives him and the one who sent him, that one is the greatest. The boxer, Mohammed Ali, claimed he was the greatest prizefighter […]

September 19, 2022

How do you want to be remembered at the end of your life? What do you want people to say about you, what you did, and how you conducted yourself? We all want perfectly wonderful responses to these questions. Of course, I was a good person and obeyed all God’s rules, at least most of […]

August 22, 2022

The Face of God In a Sunday school class many years ago, the teacher asked what the face of God the Father looked like. A few kids answered, but most were silent. In the Middle Ages, God was portrayed as an emperor wearing a crown and robes. Michelangelo painted him in the Sistine Chapel as […]

August 16, 2022

The Eye of the Needle (Matthew 19:23-30) Do you possess things, or do things possess you? What is truly important to you in your life? Can you give up your attachment to anything, to everything? These days we are reminded to take better care of our planet, to enjoy our children and each other, and […]

July 25, 2022

Saint Paul writes that we are simple vessels, not fine china but crafted of the dust of the ground. But why? Why did God need vessels made of clay? What use does he have for us? Very simply put, he made us as plain, uncomplicated earthen vessels so that we could give voice to his […]

July 18, 2022

Today the prophet Micah asks, “With what shall I come before the Lord?” Our newspaper had an article written by a lady who had spent time in jail. Upon her release, she found a job as a newspaper reporter. The journals she had kept in prison became the basis for her book, “A Voice for […]