Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Fall is one of those times when we really notice creation. Leaves are changing, the air is getting cooler, the hours of sunlight are rapidly diminishing. It makes us grateful for the bits of life that we still see, because we know that the winter is coming and we will be groaning in… Continue reading Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The thing is, you know, the Pharisee was quite right. His righteousness was beyond reproach. He has been innocent of greed, dishonesty and adultery. He has been more pious than even the law requires. Fasting was only required once a year, on the Day of Atonement, but he fasts twice a week. Tithes… Continue reading Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

All Creatures of Our God and King

“All Creatures of Our God and King is one of my very favorite Catholic hymns. The tune is Lasst Uns Erfreuen, and it is also the tune for “Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones” (which is timely, with All Saints Day coming up this week!” The wonderful fall colors got me thinking along these lines… Continue reading All Creatures of Our God and King

Autumn in Naperville

Autumn is here in Naperville and I love it. I didn’t think we would get many nice colors this year with the weather we’ve had, but there are some nice oranges and reds in some of the trees around here. These are right at the corner outside the Church and provide a nice backdrop, depending… Continue reading Autumn in Naperville

Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Sin is exhausting. Anyone who has struggled with sin, or a pattern of sin, in their lives can tell you that. Those who have been dragged down by any kind of addiction or who have tried to work on a character flaw or striven to expel any kind of vice from their lives… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Psalm 1 is one of my very favorite psalms. Listen to it again: Blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked Nor walks in the way of sinners, nor sits in the company of the insolent, But delights in the law of the LORD and meditates on his law day… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Today’s readings There are two things: the promise, and the response. The promise has echoed down through the ages. God called Abraham and promised descendents as numerous as the sands on the sea shore or the stars in the sky. Through Moses, God made known his intent to bring his people out of slavery and… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Project Gabriel

Today’s readings Today’s Scriptures show us the importance of persistence in prayer. We all know that sometimes we come across issues in our own lives, or even in society, and when we pray, it takes a long time to see those prayers answered. We may well have experienced the exhaustion of Moses in our praying,… Continue reading Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Project Gabriel

Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “The Lord remembers his covenant forever.” That’s what the Psalmist tells us today. And the worst thing that we can do in our service of the Lord is to despair of that promise. Today’s Gospel speaks to us of the unforgivable sin: blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. “Everyone who speaks a word against… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Ss. Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf and Companions, Martyrs

Today’s readings: 2 Corinthians 4:7-15 & Luke 12:1-7 | Today’s saints Mass for the school children (Junior high) A long time ago now, when I was your age, I used to like watching movies about the wild west, and playing cowboys and Indians. It was fun to think about our history in those days and… Continue reading Ss. Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf and Companions, Martyrs