Saint John Bosco, priest

Today’s readings Saint John Bosco was a master catechist who knew the importance of living and teaching and handing on the faith; he was a man who lived his faith with conviction.  He was a priest who was concerned with the whole person of the young people he taught: he wanted them to fill both… Continue reading Saint John Bosco, priest

The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time [A]

Today’s readings We have a pretty late Lent this year.  Ash Wednesday is not until March 9th.  What is really nice about that is that it gives us a little more ordinary time in the winter, which we often don’t get.  Sometimes we rush from Christmas to Ash Wednesday and barely get to breathe.  So… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time [A]

Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church

Today’s readings Mass with the school children: I have a feeling that today’s Gospel reading is one that Saint Thomas Aquinas probably loved.  Saint Thomas was known for the way that he explained the faith: he did it systematically, breaking down complex ideas into smaller parts so that we can understand them.  So then this… Continue reading Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church

Saint Francis de Sales

Today’s readings Saint Francis de Sales was born in the Savoy region of France-Italy in 1567.  His priesthood had him work diligently for the restoration of Catholicism in his homeland, reclaiming it from the clutches of the protestant reformation.  He became bishop of Geneva, and was known for his writings, work and example.  He says… Continue reading Saint Francis de Sales

The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time [A]

Today’s readings Close to twenty years ago now, my home parish put on a production of the musical Godspell, and I ended up being 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.… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time [A]

Tuesday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We know how the interactions between Jesus and the Pharisees affected the Pharisees.  They resented everything Jesus said and did, and sought occasion to put him out of the picture.  But I cannot help but think that for Jesus, these occasions had to be rather frustrating.  Here are the most educated of the… Continue reading Tuesday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Anthony, abbot

Today’s readings When Saint Anthony – and this is not the Saint Anthony who helps us find lost things – was about eighteen years old, his parents died, and left him to care for his young sister and the family home.  They did not leave him destitute, however, and they were rather well-to-do.  Saint Athanasius… Continue reading Saint Anthony, abbot

Saturday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In today’s Gospel, we have the epiphany of Jesus manifested as one who identifies with sinners.  That is not, of course, to say that he was a sinner; quite the contrary, we know that Jesus was like us in all things but sin.  But today we see that he is certainly concerned with… Continue reading Saturday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It seems like just yesterday that John the Baptist was baptizing Jesus in the Jordan River.  Oh wait, it was just yesterday!  But today’s reading fast forwards a bit and takes us to a time after John has been arrested.  John isn’t dead yet, not yet out of the picture, but clearly he… Continue reading Monday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

The Baptism of the Lord

Today’s readings Do you know the date of your baptism?  I know the month of mine, but have to admit I’m not really sure about the date.  But when was the last time you even thought about your baptism?  Most of us don’t remember much about our baptism day, having been to young for it… Continue reading The Baptism of the Lord