Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Today’s readings Today we celebrate a feast of great importance to our Church. Saint Peter, the apostle to the Jews, and St. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, come together to show how the Church is truly universal, that is, truly catholic. There are similarities between the two men. Simon’s name is changed to Peter… Continue reading Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Tuesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Listen to those words of Jesus again: “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.” Those… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Today’s readings | Today’s saint Today we celebrate a feast that is a bit unusual for us. First of all, it’s a saint’s feast day, and saints’ days don’t usually take precedence over a Sunday celebration. Secondly, whenever we do celebrate a saint’s day, it is usually celebrated on the feast of their death, not… Continue reading The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Friday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You know, it sometimes is amazing to me when I think about all that the early Church had to go through and put up with. We aren’t in that same situation. They had to put up with persecution. St. Paul mentions he put up with persecution from all sides: from his own people… Continue reading Friday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious

Today’s readings | Today’s saint St. Aloysius Gonzaga was a well-connected young man who lived during the Renaissance. His father longed for him to become a military hero, and brought him up in the court society. But Aloysius was affected from an early age by a desire to become one with God, and often practiced… Continue reading St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious

Wednesday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.” Some people always seem to need to have the spotlight shining on them. If we’re honest, we probably all have a little of that in us. Who among us has not occasionally been disappointed when our best efforts have gone unrecognized? But that… Continue reading Wednesday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You know, there are a lot of differences here among us. This is a somewhat diverse congregation: different ethnicities, different cultural backgrounds, different educational levels, different types of careers and vocations. And we are all on different places in the spiritual life: some are traditional and others are progressive; some are advanced on… Continue reading Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Would that we all would be, as St. Paul said, transformed from glory into glory. But the problem is, we get caught up in all the wrong kinds of things. Which is exactly what he was cautioning the Corinthians against, and what Jesus was condemning the Scribes and Pharisees for doing in today’s… Continue reading Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

St. Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Today’s readings I think I can always remember my mother, and my grandmothers, praying to St. Anthony anytime something was lost. There’s even the popular little prayer, “Tony, Tony, please come ’round, something’s lost and can’t be found.” This everyday need to find lost objects has made St. Anthony one of the most popular saints.… Continue reading St. Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church

St. Barnabas, Apostle

Today’s readings | Today’s saint “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.” Barnabas, a Jew of Cyprus, comes as close as anyone outside the Twelve to being a full-fledged apostle. He was closely associated with St. Paul (he introduced Paul to Peter and the other apostles) and served… Continue reading St. Barnabas, Apostle