Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: God’s abundant care for us.

We are taking a bit of an excursus or diversion here for the next few Sundays. You may know that throughout this Church year, we have been reading from the Gospel of Mark. Well, for the next several Sundays (with the exception of next Sunday because it is a special feast), we are reading from… Continue reading Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: God’s abundant care for us.

Thursday of the 16th Week of Ordinary Time: Blessed are Your Eyes and Ears

Today's readings  If your spiritual life is anything like mine, it often seems like God still speaks in parables. We often wonder what is the right direction to go in a given situation. We ponder why bad things happen to good people. We puzzle over the meaning of natural disasters, civil unrest, wars and terrorism.… Continue reading Thursday of the 16th Week of Ordinary Time: Blessed are Your Eyes and Ears

Cardinal George to Undergo Surgery for Bladder Cancer

Cardinal George to Undergo Surgery for Bladder Cancer "I ask my fellow priests, the religious, all Catholics in the Archdiocese and other friends and colleagues to pray for me. I trust that the Lord will give me the strength and grace I need during these next days and weeks." In some ways, this seems like… Continue reading Cardinal George to Undergo Surgery for Bladder Cancer

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Ss. Joachim and Ann

Saint of the Day Joachim and Ann—whether these are their real names or not—represent that entire quiet series of generations who faithfully perform their duties, practice their faith and establish an atmosphere for the coming of the Messiah, but remain obscure.   This feast of Joachim and Ann helps me to remember with great fondness… Continue reading Ss. Joachim and Ann

The Feast of St. James: We are called to be sacrament for the world

Today's readings "Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?" Yesterday, I attended the funeral of a family friend. He was just 37 years old, had six children; two of them with special needs. It was probably one of the longest funerals I had ever been to, and certainly one of the… Continue reading The Feast of St. James: We are called to be sacrament for the world

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: My Shepherd is the Lord

Today’s readings I don’t know how you feel about being compared to sheep without a shepherd, but I have to tell you, I’m not all that flattered by it! Yet there’s some painful truth to that statement, and some rather beautiful truth as well. Because we do need leaders, those who will walk before us… Continue reading Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: My Shepherd is the Lord

Christian Unity in the Office of Readings

From today's Office of Readings I was delighted to hear of your love of God, so well-ordered and devout, and so I decided to address you in the faith of Jesus Christ. Honoured as I am with a name of the greatest splendour, though I am still in chains I sing with the praises of… Continue reading Christian Unity in the Office of Readings

Friday of the 15th Week of Ordinary Time

Today's readings Getting worship right isn't as easy as we make it out to be sometimes. Often we pay so much attention to picking the right songs, taking care of the art and environment, and the many other details. And these things are all very important and need to be done. But none of them… Continue reading Friday of the 15th Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today's readings “Our souls are restless until they rest in you.”  It was St. Augustine who said that, and I think those words are pretty timeless.  I was listening to the radio in the car yesterday, and heard a little news report on the happiness of people who used all the latest technological gadgets.  A… Continue reading Thursday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time