June 10, 2021

I give you a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you (John 13:34). This beautiful verse from the gospel acclamation accords well with today’s gospel reading. The words judge or judgment are mentioned repeatedly in Jesus’ teachings. As a young adult, I had a bad habit of being judgmental. Trying through the […]

May 27, 2021

In Mark 10:46-52, Bartimaeus was determined to be healed! This beggar, this outcast, sat at the side of the road with his cloak laid out to catch any coins tossed to him. He heard Jesus was going to pass by, and we can only imagine the scene. Wherever Jesus went, so did the crowds with […]

May 13, 2021

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament The book of Acts sets the stage for establishing the Church and the spread of the gospel. Luke continues the story of Jesus, of those who believed in him and chose to follow him. They are now the action of God with God living in them. They have been […]

April 22, 2021

“. . . the bread that I will give is my Flesh for the life of the world.” John 6:51 Most of us have been Eucharistic Ministers, serving the Body of Christ at the celebration of Eucharist. Many times, as I have offered Jesus’ body to someone, I have wanted to say, “STOP! Look again! […]

April 8, 2021

It’s been a year since I was invited to join the ranks of learned Scripture scholars and write my reflections on the day’s readings. As a young Catholic, emphasis in Sunday school was on the Catechism, the Ten Commandments, and the Sacraments. There was a Bible at home, my grandmother’s family Bible, but it was […]

March 25, 2021

The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord Just over two thousand years ago, one young woman’s life was changed like none ever before her. The whole world would undergo an amazing transformation as the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was to give birth to the son of God! Mary must have been […]

March 11, 2021

You ask . . . that our hearts are turned to you. (from today’s Opening Prayer) Good Morning, Lord! Last evening you were with me in my evening prayers. It had been a good day, free from serious concerns and worries and full of my love and gratitude for all the blessings you have given […]

February 25, 2021

To the one who knocks, the door will be opened (Matthew 7:8). There’s an old familiar story about a little boy who fell out of bed. When his mother asked what happened, he said, “I guess I stayed too close to where I got in.” This sounds like a reminder to consider your prayer life. […]

February 11, 2021

The Demon Is Gone! All parents have experienced the anxiety that comes when a child is seriously hurt or ill. What should I do? Where do I turn? How long will it take for the ambulance to get here? Our children, who may be the most precious people in our lives, at times like these, […]

January 28, 2021

“God bless me and make me a good boy!” Those are the opening words of the simple prayer our very young boys learned to say each night after enjoying a bedtime story, usually Winnie the Pooh. They always chose who else to bless—grandparents, parents, friends, each other. I don’t remember at what age they no […]