Monday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “O LORD, how many are my adversaries!” That is what the Psalmist cries out today. And well he might, because we see those many adversaries in today’s Liturgy of the Word. The casting out of the demon Legion is a chilling one for us, I think, because it’s really our story. How many… Continue reading Monday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Rite of Welcoming of Candidates for Full Communion

Today’s readings There are a lot of experts out there.  And those experts will be happy to give you their opinion.  Really, there is no shortage of places these days from which you can get information.  Television, print media, and especially the internet – God knows what we did before the days of Google! –… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Rite of Welcoming of Candidates for Full Communion

Monday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time: Respect Life

Yesterday was the 39th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that in effect legalized abortion in the United States.  The Church teaches us that abortion is a violation of the fifth commandment, which states: “Thou shall not kill.”  Participation in an abortion – which includes having one, paying for one, encouraging one, performing one,… Continue reading Monday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time: Respect Life

The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time: No Time Like the Present!

Today’s readings One of the things that I think plagues us modern people is that we tend to have delusions of eternity.  By that I mean, we tend to have a view that we have all the time in the world, and so we put off things that are truly important, because we always think… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time: No Time Like the Present!

Friday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time: Christian Unity

Today’s readings (Mass for the school children) In today’s Gospel, Jesus calls his Apostles.  These are the men who will be closest to him and will follow after him throughout his ministry on earth.  Even though these men weren’t the most popular people in the area, even though they weren’t wealthy, even though they may… Continue reading Friday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time: Christian Unity

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! Yesterday was the Epiphany of the Lord, a time to celebrate Christ manifested in the flesh, the greatest gift of God to his… Continue reading The Baptism of the Lord

The Epiphany of the Lord

Today’s readings “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?”  This was the question those magi asked after their long and harrowing journey.  They had observed the star at its rising and were proceeding to pay tribute to the newborn king.  They brought with them gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  We know the story… Continue reading The Epiphany of the Lord

Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen

Today’s readings St. Basil the Great was born in Caesarea in Cappadocia in the year 330.  He was known for his learning and virtue, and his fight against the Arian heresy.  He also wrote many wonderful works, the most revered of which is his monastic rule.  He is known as the father of Eastern monasticism. … Continue reading Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen

Mary, the Mother of God

Today’s readings Today, on the Octave day of Christmas, we have an opportunity on this Christmas Day to pause and celebrate Mary, the mother of God. This solemnity is a special one for us as Catholics because people for a long time argued over whether Mary, a human being, could possibly be the mother of… Continue reading Mary, the Mother of God