My Father

This morning, my father, Patrick Joseph Mulcahy, after a 4 1/2 year long Dad2006battle with cancer, went home to rest with the Lord. We who were blessed to be part of his life will miss his devoted love and dedication to all of us, but we are full of hope and peace because we know that the souls of the just are in the hands of God. Please keep him, and all of us, in your prayers.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

The arrangements for his funeral are as follows:

Wake on Tuesday, May 8, from 3-9pm at Salerno's Rosedale Chapels, 450 W Lake St, Roselle IL 60172.
Funeral on Wednesday, May 9, at 11:00am at St. Matthew Church, 1555 Glen Ellyn Rd., Glendale Hts., IL 60139.
Interment Assumption Cemetery, Winfield IL.
Please, no flowers. Donations can be made to The University of Chicago Cancer Foundation, 5841 South Maryland Avenue, MC 1140, Chicago, IL 60637, or a charity of the donor's choice.

On behalf of my mother, Julia, my sisters Sharon and Peggy, my brother-in-law John, my nieces Julia and Molly, and my nephew Danny, I want to thank you all for your prayers and support.

Easter Homilies

Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Today’s readings

Today’s readings are a reminder that we disciples have to be discerning. It is important for us to discern what the truth is so that we can be led to the one who is Truth itself. The Gentiles, who worshiped idols, didn’t have the context of monotheism – that there is one God – to help them. Paul and Barnabbas did their best to catechize them, but there was much work to be done to overcome something that had been for the Greeks so culturally ingrained. The Gentiles didn’t have a context of God working through human beings, so they naturally mistook Paul and Barnabas for gods.

And in today’s Gospel, Jesus spells out how one can discern who is a true disciple. The true disciple, claiming that he or she loves God, will be one who keeps God’s commandments. If the disciple truly loves God, keeping God’s commandments would be second nature for him or her. But if one were to see someone claiming to love God and be his disciple but not obeying God’s commandments, one could conclude that person is not a true disciple.

Discernment is important for us, because we want authenticity in our worship and in our belief and understanding. Discernment is a gift of the Holy Spirit. When we come to know the One who is Truth itself, then we will be filled with the Holy Spirit and come to know the truth.