The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today's readings | Today's feast This feast is one of the reasons I love the Blessed Virgin. Having given her fiat – her "yes" – to God, she now shows concern for her elder relative who is also with child. She goes to visit her in a great act of hospitality, which is one of… Continue reading The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Memorial Day

Today's readings: Philippians 4:6-9 & John 14:23-29 Memorial Day originally began in our country as an occasion to remember and decorate the graves of the soldiers who died in the Civil War. Later it became a holiday to commemorate all those who had died in war in the service of our country. This continues to… Continue reading Memorial Day

The Solemnity of Pentecost

Today’s readings There’s an old prayer that I wonder if people even know any more. I learned it when I was in eighth grade, preparing for my Confirmation. It goes like this (and please pray along with me if you know it): Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful; Enkindle in them the… Continue reading The Solemnity of Pentecost

Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today’s readings Jesus’ words to Peter in this Gospel reading are a mixture of comfort, challenge, and warning. Peter, who had messed up in his relationship with Jesus time and time again, had just messed up in the worst way possible by denying his friend not once but three times. But then comes the question… Continue reading Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today's readings Today's Liturgy of the Word assures us that the establishment of the Church was not some kind of made-up aberration on the part of the followers of Jesus. In the first reading, Paul who is now doing battle for his life against the Pharisees and Sadducees, is told by the Lord that just… Continue reading Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today's readings Today's Liturgy of the Word represents a kind of wrap-up to the lives of St. Paul and Jesus, respectively. They both have completed the mission for which they had been sent, and both are now giving the mission back to God who would continue it as He alone saw fit. Paul's mission had… Continue reading Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Today's readings One of the great themes of Catholic theology is the "already, and not yet." Basically, that means that we disciples of Christ already have a share in the life of God and the promise of heaven, but we are not yet there. So we who believe in Jesus and live our faith every… Continue reading The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today’s readings We are literally on the eve of Ascension day here. It is hard for the disciples to imagine what is going to happen, and even if they knew, I don’t think they would be looking forward to it. They wouldn’t want to be losing their friend so soon after his resurrection. But if… Continue reading Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today’s readings [Mass for the school children.] Jesus tells us today that sadness is always going to be a part of life. That’s not the good news, that’s just the way things are. I think we can all think about things that have made us sad. Maybe we have had a good friend who has… Continue reading Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today’s readings This would not be the Gospel I would have picked today considering the grief that I’m still working my way through. But the truth is, who of us is not touched by grief? We all have to deal with it at some point in our lives. Indeed, we who are disciples can look… Continue reading Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter