The Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I think it’s easy to be dismayed at where the world is these days.  Political candidates and politicians on both sides of the aisle are disappointing at best.  The pro-abortion vitriol is vicious and hateful.  Violence in our cities, schools, and public spaces is constant.  Public sin and our own private sin beat… Continue reading The Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saint Jane Frances de Chantal

Today we have the optional memorial of Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, a wife, mother, nun and founder of a religious community.  I decided to celebrate this memorial because I think her story is one that is deeply encouraging.  Jane’s mother died when she was 18 years old, and her father became the influence on… Continue reading Saint Jane Frances de Chantal

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Today’s readings Today Jesus extols the virtues of child-like faith. Such a faith is dependent on our God who seeks us out like a shepherd in search of a lost sheep. This is a faith that realizes that God is in charge, and that we are happiest when we let God do what he wants… Continue reading Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Thursday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings speak to us about remaining in relationship with God.  In the first reading, Nahum prophesies that Israel’s subjection to Nineveh will not stand.  God will deliver them and watch over them, but notice the command he gives them to fulfill: Celebrate your feasts, O Judah,fulfill your vows!For nevermore shall you be… Continue reading Thursday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel reading is one of my favorites.  Truthfully, though, it always makes me a little uncomfortable.  Which is what it’s supposed to do.  This Gospel wants us to get out of the boat, too. We can tend to give Saint Peter a lot of grief over this incident.  If he was able… Continue reading Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings At first glance, it all seems so simple, doesn’t it? “Go and do likewise.” Easy enough. But when a command like “go and do likewise” comes at the end of one of Jesus’ parables, we really ought to suspect it’s going to stretch us a little bit, and today is no exception. So… Continue reading The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I think it’s amazing to let your imagination wander to this vision that the prophet Isaiah had in today’s first reading.  Looking upon God in all God’s glory would be awe-inspiring, perhaps even terrifying.  Seeing that, Isaiah is inspired to do a kind of examination of conscience, where he sees how sinful and… Continue reading Saturday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel underlines the failure of the Jewish leaders of the time.  Jesus was casting out demons from many people, which was what they were supposed to do but could not.  They were too busy attending to the the Law instead of seeing to the salvation of souls, which is what the Law… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Blessed be the Name of Jesus

Today’s readings “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” I don’t think we really understand and respect the power of the name of Jesus in our day to day lives.  Very often people take the name of the Lord in vain, violating the second commandment of the Decalogue, and even… Continue reading The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Blessed be the Name of Jesus

Saint Irenaeus, Bishop, Doctor, and Martyr

When a person faces opposition from erroneous ideology, there is a difference between refutation or winning an argument and correction. It might even be fair to say that many people are up to the task of winning an argument, but it takes a saint to be content with correction. Certainly that can be seen quite… Continue reading Saint Irenaeus, Bishop, Doctor, and Martyr

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