November 25, 2021

Thanksgiving Day Where do we begin to express our gratitude for all the good things in our lives? To me, it’s obvious, with God himself for the many blessings he has given us! Giving thanks is very much a personal thing, so this is going to be a very personal reflection. God made me because […]

November 11, 2021

Thy Kingdom Come! NASA notifies me when the space station is going to be visible from my front yard. My grocery store lets me know when my favorite items are on sale. The dentist doesn’t let me miss a date with his office. What I want to know is when is God’s kingdom coming? How […]

October 28, 2021

Feast of Saints Simon and Jude A recent article said saints are in the making every day, and they’re sitting all around you. Few of us reading these reflections are saints, but we try diligently to be better people, maybe one of God’s chosen. To me, saints are people who know the importance of loving […]

October 14, 2021

With the Lord, There is Mercy (Psalm 130). Everything seems to be mixed up right now, with problems throughout the world. Country against country, religion against religion, race against race. What are we to do; where do we turn? As always, we turn to God in our hours of need. The somewhat haunting Psalm 130 […]

September 23, 2021

Two men, born years apart in 19th century Europe, were ordained to the priesthood at twenty-three, then entered separate novitiates. Each led exemplary lives of prayer and devotion to our Blessed Mother and to God. Despite difficult physical problems, they lived model lives answering God’s call to mission. Both were declared saints of the Church. […]

September 9, 2021

Whatever you do, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:17). Many pay attention to being physically fit and healthy, eating healthy food, getting the right amount of exercise and fresh air. Everyone seems focused on improvement. Okay, so now you’re working on the […]

August 26, 2021

Be ready! My Dad was a stickler for punctuality. He always said if you weren’t ready on time, you couldn’t go. I always wanted to go, so I was always ready. In Mathew’s Gospel today, Jesus told his disciples to “Stay awake!” There was to be no sleeping on the job. He had told his […]

August 12, 2021

Today’s gospel has several important messages, but one stands out as absolutely exceptional: the importance of forgiveness. This is the topic in so many biblical readings that I have come to the conclusion that it might have made an outstanding eleventh commandment, Thou shalt forgive! Only God would have included more words and more instructions, […]

July 22, 2021

Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene “I dare you!” Kids often dare each other to try something difficult or even scary. When dared, we hesitate to respond because of doubt or uncertainty. Circumstances may cause us to challenge ourselves. A golden opportunity opens up, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to make a difference. Maybe this is how Mary […]

July 8, 2021

Firmly attached to the ceiling in Corpus Christi Church in Houston, there is a prominent, wide architectural feature in the shape of an arrow. It begins over the altar and points to the main exit of the church. This arrow will be removed when our building is remodeled. Those of us who treasure this shape, […]