Manger Scene #1

During Advent this year, I’m making it a spiritual/hobby project to use my digital camera more. I’ll be posting periodically pictures of various Nativity scenes. Even though it’s not yet Advent, here is a sneak peek. This is the Nativity scene in my room in the Rectory. It shows the magi off to the left… Continue reading Manger Scene #1

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Wednesday of the 34th Week of Ordinary Time

Today's readings I think for most of us, the whole idea of giving testimony to anyone or anything can be more than a little daunting. And then to be dragged in before courts, and national rulers to do it – well, that just puts fear into our hearts doesn't it? That is, however, just what… Continue reading Wednesday of the 34th Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings With all this talk about the harvest, and deception, and the great winepress of God’s fury, the end of time can be an absolutely frightening thought. The readings today almost make it seem like at some point, God will have had quite enough of our foolishness and return to wipe out the living… Continue reading Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Our Lord Jesus Christ the King

Today’s readings “My kingdom does not belong to this world.” Today we celebrate the great feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King. Here, at the end of our liturgical year, we celebrate the one who has led us through the year. As we look back, there may have been times of great achievement, or… Continue reading Our Lord Jesus Christ the King

Saturday of the 33rd Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings When time runs short, we often worry about the silliest things. Maybe the reason for that is we don’t know what to do, so taking care of the small stuff makes it seem like we are getting someplace. Only we’re not. Take, for example, the recent release of some new video game systems.… Continue reading Saturday of the 33rd Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Andrew Dung-Lac & companions

Today's saints | Today's readings St. Andrew Dung-Lac was a priest in Vietnam in the early nineteenth century. He and his 116 companions, including Spanish Dominicans, members of the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris, and 96 Vietnamese, including 37 priests – of which Andrew Dung-Lac was one – were all martyred around the year… Continue reading Saint Andrew Dung-Lac & companions

The Presentation of Mary

Today's feast | Today's readings: Zechariah 2:14-17, Luke 1:46-55, Matthew 12:46-50 You know, I'm not sure how my mother would react to my not acknowledging her presence like that, but I know it wouldn't be good! But, lest we impute the wrong motives to our Savior, we should understand that He was well aware of… Continue reading The Presentation of Mary

Monday of the 33rd Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Lord, please let me see.” What a wonderful prayer. Certainly in the blind beggar’s life, that prayer was for the gift of physical sight. But maybe that’s not the kind of sight we need. Maybe the kind of sight we need in our lives goes a bit deeper inside. There are those of… Continue reading Monday of the 33rd Week of Ordinary Time

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time: Nobody Left Behind!

Today’s readings Today’s readings make me think about the Left Behind series of books. Written by Evangelical authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, these books take a fictional look at what might happen if the end-times were to happen in our lifetime. While they are fictional, there is a theology underlying the fiction that is… Continue reading 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time: Nobody Left Behind!

Saturday of the 32nd Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Whenever the time grows short, it can be tempting to give up the mission. Especially if it seems like there is a lack of results. That’s where we find ourselves on the issue of prayer very often, I think. We may have prayed for a loved one or a situation until our knees… Continue reading Saturday of the 32nd Week of Ordinary Time