Saint Petronille, Virgin and Martyr

Today’s Gospel: Luke 9:23-26 Saint Petronille could have had everything.  Pursued by her suitor Count Flaccus, she could have lived a very comfortable life that maybe she would have seen as a just reward for her years of service.  Whether she was Saint Peter’s daughter as one legend tells us, or a spiritual daughter and… Continue reading Saint Petronille, Virgin and Martyr

The Most Holy Trinity

Today’s readings Today’s feast has us gathered to celebrate one of the greatest mysteries of our faith, the Most Holy Trinity. Today we celebrate our one God in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You have probably heard me tell one of my favorite stories about Saint Augustine with regard to the Trinity. The… Continue reading The Most Holy Trinity

School Graduation

Today’s readings: 1Peter 1:3-5; Philippians 4:4-9; John 15:9-12 My dear graduates, you are gathered here for the last time as a class.  This has been your home away from home for the last nine years, you have known each other and grown together, you have formed relationships that have seen you through good times and… Continue reading School Graduation

Thursday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings One of the voices that can never be silenced in us is the voice that cries out seeking to see.  We spend our whole lives crying out as Bartimaeus in today’s Gospel: “Master, I want to see.”  And just as the crowd and even the disciples could not silence his desires, so nothing… Continue reading Thursday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Wednesday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings remind us that God is God and we are not – God is in control.  However much we might want to assert our control on things, that’s really just an illusion.  Lots of things may come and go, what is dull becomes bright and bright things fade, but the word of… Continue reading Wednesday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It is imperative to our Spiritual lives that we learn to let go.  The problem is, though, that letting go is so counterintuitive for us.  We want to hold on to everything, control everything, because when we are in charge we can be sure everything will work out all right.  At least we… Continue reading Monday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

The Solemnity of Pentecost

Today’s readings We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the prophets. You know those words very well; we proclaim them every Sunday, and will proclaim them in… Continue reading The Solemnity of Pentecost

Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today’s readings One of the greatest obstacles to the Christian life is comparing ourselves to others. Because, and I’ll just say it, discipleship isn’t meant to be fair. At least not as we see fairness. The essence of discipleship is doing what we were put here to do, we ourselves. We discern that vocation by… Continue reading Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

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 had just messed up in the worst way possible by denying his friend not once but three times. But then comes the question not once but three times: “Peter, do you love me?” This is comfort… Continue reading Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today’s readings Sometimes we get an idea and it seems well, a little uncomfortable.  We may well have had a call or even a gentle moving from the Lord, and are afraid to act on it.  Today’s Scriptures speak to those of us who are sometimes hesitant to do what the Lord is calling on… Continue reading Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter