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Eucharistic Witness (January/February 2021)

Patrick J. Riley, D. Min. Cleveland Heights, Ohio In September 1961, I entered the minor seminary of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. I knew nothing about this Congregation, but I felt called to the priesthood and I was “recruited” to this seminary out of eighth grade. For the next 13 years, I was formed […]

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December 9, 2020

On October 1 of this year, Pope Francis issued the encyclical letter Fratelli tutti, (On Fraternal or Social Friendship). Our Holy Father recognizing that we are in a dark time, highlights some of the evils and difficulties facing us today. Most obvious is the global pandemic which has killed so many, sickened many others, and […]


November 25, 2020

The Feast of the Vietnamese Martyrs Today we celebrate the memorial of the Vietnamese martyrs and honor these 117 bishops, priests, and laypersons who, between 1798 and 1853, were killed for refusing to deny their faith by stepping on a crucifix. In today’s gospel reading, Jesus makes it clear that following him would not always […]


November 11, 2020

Feast of Saint Martin of Tours In today’s gospel reading, Jesus and his disciples are walking along, and they hear the cry of ten lepers, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us.” Without further ado, Jesus tells them to show themselves to the priests to prove that they are cured. As we know, only one leper, […]


October 28, 2020

Feast of the Apostles Simon and Jude Saint Paul today reminds us of this great mystery: that we are not strangers, but fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God. That household is built on the prophets and apostles with Jesus as the capstone. We are indeed part of the […]


October 14, 2020

Saint Paul paints an incredible vision of what might characterize the world if we truly embraced the Spirit and thereby shared in the fruits of such a union. He lists these fruits as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. He then paints a bleak image of a world generated by “works […]


September 23, 2020

Memorial of Saint Pio of Pietralcino In today’s gospel reading, Jesus sends his apostles out on their own to proclaim the kingdom of God. He gives them power over demons and power to cure the sick. He tells them that he has given them all they need, and they don’t need to take any extra […]


September 9, 2020

Today’s Gospel reading offers us again the challenge of the Beatitudes, the call to not follow the way of the world, but to respond to the words of Jesus we hear at each and every Eucharist. Jesus is the bread broken for us, and the blood poured out for us. He commands us to do […]


August 26, 2020

In today’s gospel reading, Jesus confronts the scribes and Pharisees with a stinging assault. This is not an isolated incident as, throughout the gospels, Jesus and this group leaders had a very contentious relationship. Jesus would respond to their efforts to fault his adherence to the Law by taking them to the heart of the […]