St. John Bosco, Priest

Today’s readings St. John Bosco was a master catechist who knew the meaning of Jesus’ question in today’s Gospel: “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand?” He was a priest who was concerned with the whole person of… Continue reading St. John Bosco, Priest

St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor

Today’s readings “But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property.” Not many have done more to strengthen the house of the Church than St. Thomas Aquinas. I have to admit that reading him in seminary was rather a challenge, because it was often hard to follow his line of reasoning… Continue reading St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings About fifteen years ago now, my home parish put on a production of the musical Godspell, and somehow I found myself part of the cast. If you’ve ever seen the musical, you know that it is based on the Gospel of Matthew, the Gospel that we are reading during this Church year. I… Continue reading Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

St. Francis de Sales

Today’s readings | Today’s saint “A spoonful of honey attracts more flies than a barrelful of vinegar.” This quote pretty much sums up the way St. Francis de Sales approached life and ministry. Francis de Sales took seriously the words of Christ, “Learn of me for I am meek and humble of heart.” As he… Continue reading St. Francis de Sales

The Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Today’s readings “Not as man sees does God see, because he sees the appearance but the LORD looks into the heart.” This instruction to Samuel is both a good thing and a bad thing for us, I think. It’s good because it’s nice to know that there is One who does not judge us on… Continue reading The Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This Church year, this year of grace, began last November with the First Sunday of Advent. Since then, we’ve been through Advent and Christmas, Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord. Today is our first “green” Sunday, actually the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time. (The First Sunday of Ordinary Time is actually the… Continue reading Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” My question is, “why do you care?” I mean, if these scribes who were Pharisees had really been concerned about the keeping of the Law, strict observance of the Commandments and following their God, they should be deeply concerned about their own progress in… Continue reading Saturday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

St. Anthony, Abbot

Today’s readings | Today’s saint We people of God have a certain responsibility. And having been given that responsibility, and the Spirit with which to carry it out, we had better be ready to fulfill our duties, because the consequences are just too great. St. Anthony the Abbot – this is not the St. Anthony… Continue reading St. Anthony, Abbot

Tuesday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Jesus rebuked him and said, ‘Quiet! Come out of him!’ The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.” It is always interesting to me how clearly the unclean spirits see who Christ is. For them, Christ as the One who represents God the Father inspires fear and… Continue reading Tuesday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

The Baptism of the Lord

Today’s readings Today is the last day of the Christmas Season. What a wonderful gift we have as Catholics to celebrate the birth of our Lord for an extended period of time! Last week was the Epiphany of the Lord, a time to celebrate Christ manifested in the flesh, the greatest gift of God to… Continue reading The Baptism of the Lord