Contributed on Apr 12, 2021
A child, and especially the child Jesus, is above everything a sign of hope.
Monday of 3rd week in Easter Today’s Gospel is so brief that we might be tempted to overlook it, as we are often tempted to ignore a little child. But many commentators believe that when Jesus said that we must turn and become like this little child, he was pointing to Himself. Pope Benedict ...read more
Contributed on May 8, 2021
Peace is a sham without justice, mercy and love.
Sixth Sunday of Easter Jesus says “peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” That is His gift of love to us. The Gospel message suggests that I ask you: “how many of you love Jesus?” Please raise your hands. [wait for show of hands] Good, because in the end that means “how many of you ...read more
Contributed on May 12, 2021
In faith we tell God, “I believe this because you have revealed it for my good, even and especially when I can’t understand it.”
Ascension Day 2021 “You’ve got to be kidding. This is impossible. It’s all impossible.” That’s what the skeptic is bound to say about everything we’ve been reading since Good Friday. Jesus was nailed to a cross, pierced in His heart, dead as the lambs being sacrificed at the same time in the ...read more
Contributed on Sep 25, 2021
The life of God’s people is the object of God’s gentle, intense and saving love.
Gospel of Life The value of human life is such that from the first moment of our existence, God assigns us a spirit guardian. As the Catholic Catechism says, “From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. ‘Beside each believer stands an angel ...read more
Contributed on Oct 8, 2021
We must work hard to avoid situations in which our buttons are pushed, or our “triggers” are pulled.
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Course 2021 Temptation. If any of us might claim never to have been tempted to do something morally evil, I’d just suggest that you haven’t been paying attention. We are tempted all the time. Turn on radio, TV, Internet, you are assailed by ads. Most of them tell you to buy ...read more
Contributed on Nov 25, 2021
The Lord is a jealous God. He’s not jealous for His own sake, but for ours. He knows that we are made for Him, and cannot, as Augustine says, find rest until we rest in Him
God comes to His people Monday of Fifth week in year Solomon thought that he was a chip off the old block, the rock of Israel’s faith, King David. But there was something wrong with Solomon, something that even his reputation as a great solver of problems couldn’t fix. Jewish tradition tells us ...read more
Contributed on Nov 28, 2021
God’s vision for the earth, for humanity, is so much broader and better than any civil engineering project.
Second Sunday of Advent I have to admit that when I read the words, “Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low, and the crooked made straight and the rough ways smooth,” I get a mental picture of some A&M graduate, or someone out of one of our other great ...read more
Contributed on Jan 29, 2022
Jesus Christ, son of God and son of man, appears in our midst and when He does, we count the cost of discipleship to Him and often pass up the opportunity.
Monday of 4th Week In Course To be frank, David messed up, and messed up royally. He did only one thing right in getting involved with Bathsheba. He acknowledged and repented of his royal, deadly sin. And he was forgiven, but that was not the end of the story. He and Bathsheba lost their child, as ...read more
Contributed on Mar 12, 2022
Does the divine author of this Bible understand? Does this Word of God have anything to say to us who wonder what tomorrow will bring?
2nd Sunday in Lent The child was about eighteen months old, fast asleep in his little bed. Mom and Dad had just retired for the night, pleased that their son was growing so fast and learning so much. But as they were falling into that twilight state between wakefulness and slumber, a horrible ...read more
Contributed on Mar 12, 2022
Progress became a secular god, a new form of hope for secular man in the 19th century, a progress that would lead to freedom. It was not to be.
Monday of 2nd Week in Lent The call of Jesus in Matthew, which we heard at Mass on Saturday, was to “be perfect, as the heavenly Father.” In Luke’s redaction we heard today, the call is to “be merciful, as the heavenly Father.” If we understand that the root meaning of perfection is ...read more
Contributed on Mar 26, 2022
As we continue our pursuit of spiritual soundness this Lent, we ask for the grace we need from the Holy Spirit
Homily for 4th Sunday in Lent The team’s morale had never been higher. Their speed was peaking; their accuracy was better than ever. They had become a team through good times and bad, encouraging each other constantly. The cheering section on the sideline was packed; the cheerleaders were ...read more