February 23, 2020

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect. To be perfect, just as the Father is perfect, is a tall order. Jesus is laying the foundations of his new commandment: no resistance to one who is evil; take the slap and offer the other cheek; go the extra […]


February 2, 2020

The Presentation of the Lord Mary and Joseph observed the Law of Moses that required that after forty days a woman would return to the temple to be cleansed from the impurities of childbirth. The sacrifice of two small birds indicates the poverty of the family in exchange for their firstborn son. Saint Peter Julian […]


January 26, 2020

Anguish has taken wing, dispelled is darkness, there is no gloom. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing (Isaiah 8). There is a joy to be experienced in today’s liturgy. The gospel alerts us to the shift taking place in the life of Jesus. The epiphany of his baptism as the “Lamb of […]


January 5, 2020

The Epiphany of the Lord In the days of King Herod,… magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?” The gospel of Matthew sets the birth of Jesus in the days of King Herod, a tyrannical ruler aligned with the Roman emperor. We meet these men from […]


December 22, 2019

Fourth Sunday of Advent …called to belong to Jesus Christ; …called to be holy. Christmas draws near. There is an excitement in the liturgy this weekend. We are told how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. Is this a dream to deliver Joseph from his anguish over the news of his betrothed’s pregnancy? The […]


December 1, 2019

First Sunday of Advent There is hardly a hint of Christmas in today’s scripture readings. The Word of God places us in the darkness of the world. The prophet Isaiah opens with the image of a vast stream of humanity coming to the house of the Lord. We now experience in our time the displacement […]


November 24, 2019

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe The liturgical year draws to a close not with a cataclysmic picture of mass destruction; that was last week. The only indication of the parousia, was in Psalm 98, “sing joyfully before the King, the Lord.” Next Sunday warns us to prepare for the unexpected […]


November 3, 2019

You overlook people’s sins that they may repent. For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made. You spare all things, because they are yours, O Lord and Lover of souls, for your imperishable spirit is in all things! Wisdom 11:24, 26. These three days have made for a long […]


October 27, 2019

My sacrifice, a contrite spirit, A humble contrite heart, O God, you will not spurn. Ps 51:19. As Jesus was teaching his disciples to pray, he told them not to be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. The disciples […]


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Eucharistic Witness (November/December 2019)

William Fickel, SSS Saint Vincent de Paul Church Holiday, Florida   The Eucharist is dynamic! Hidden as Sacrament is the fullness of the Divine Mystery; the living and active personal communication of God as the Body of Christ. At our Congregation’s Provincialate in Cleveland, Ohio, you can find the Atomic Monstrance designed by the late […]

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