Contributed on Jun 12, 2010
Christ condemned the pharisees because they separated; his purpose is unity, as in marriage; thus he forbade divorce, and the Church interprets that in mercy and reconciliation.
Eleventh Sunday in Course June 11, 2010 Liturgy & Sacrament Series Somewhere between the seventh and eleventh grade, most students learn that there is a difference between the denotation and connotation of a word. The word “statesman” has a dictionary definition almost identical ...read more
Contributed on Jul 6, 2010
Our culture is in dire need of the gospel of Christ, but to attract others to Christ, the Truth, we must be good, and our worship must be beautiful.
Fifteenth Sunday in Course July 11, 2010 Liturgy and Worship Series Someone was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho. On that desolate and baking-hot road, robbers were hiding. They mugged him, beat him, and left him to die. Somebody else went past without helping because the victim had ...read more
Contributed on Sep 5, 2010
We must all pray for vocations to the priesthood and ministry, but we must also invite young persons to consider that vocation, and create an environment that reaches toward the transcendent in our worship.
24th Sunday in Course Supporting the Priestly Vocation What is the most important day of my life, or of yours? The most important day to each of us is the one that will determine the rest of our unending existence. It is the last day of our life. The key question we must answer at that ...read more
Contributed on Dec 31, 2018
The fundamental problem of humanity never hits the headlines, never comes as a blast e-mail to our computers. But we know what it is.
Psalm 51 What is the fundamental human problem? We can’t get the answer from commentators or the mainstream media, or even most of the alternate media. The fundamental human problem is not poverty, or migration, or nuclear weapons or climate change. Those may be difficulties that rise to the ...read more
Contributed on Dec 28, 2019
At the beginning of the new year and decade we must ask ourselves if there is any hint of anti-Christ in our hearts.
New Year’s Eve 2019 Last or First? Our holy Scripture today is taken from the apostle John. The Gospel teaches about the beginning, and the letter tells us about the end. And both beginning and end must be centered on Our Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, everything we do in the new year, the new decade ...read more
Contributed on Dec 31, 2019
We all know that there were parties last evening, some that lasted well into the morning hours. But I venture to say that these parties were not celebrations of religious faith, such as the ones implied by today’s Scriptures.
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Party On! Today’s Scriptures are so brief that if our minds are not focused, we might not remember any of them. I’ve wondered if that was an act of mercy on the part of those who back in the 1960's put together the three-year cycle of readings, and saw New ...read more
Contributed on Jan 4, 2020
In our lives, love takes form as self-giving. In this, we imitate Our Lord, who humbled Himself and gave Himself for our salvation.
Tuesday after the Epiphany 2020 In these four short verses penned two thousand years ago by St. John, there are nine repetitions of some form of the noun or verb “to love.” What is love? St. Thomas Aquinas tells us that Love is the proper name of the Holy Spirit. Just as the Logos, the Son who is ...read more
Contributed on Jan 11, 2020
We need to continue on the path we were set on by Jesus long ago–the path to holiness. That means giving up everything of this world that keeps us from imaging Jesus and Mary.
Tuesday of the First Week in Course 2020 Saint Mark gets right to the point, just like the high priest Eli. But Saint Mark gets the whole picture, and Eli does not. Mark’s Gospel is designed to demonstrate to his Roman audience–and us–that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Messiah. Look how few ...read more
Contributed on Jan 12, 2020
We might make the mistake of thinking that Jesus stopped growing in the Spirit at His baptism.
The Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ 2020 In today’s Gospel the words of John the Baptist could just as well have begun “Jesus, this makes no sense!” He rightly senses at the Jordan River, as he did three months before he was born, when Mary visited his mother Elizabeth, that he is in the presence ...read more
Contributed on Feb 29, 2020
Here we are healed of sin, nourished with the Eucharist, anointed for service and mission, and ultimately commended into the hands of the Father when we finish our earthly journey.
Tuesday of the First Week in Lent 2020 The Way Out of the Hole We’re In As we continue in this first week our Lenten journey, our informal pre-Easter retreat, it’s good to consider just where we are, or would be, without Jesus Christ and His Church. We start out our life in a kind of hole, or ...read more