Monday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. People often balk at the mere suggestion of being called to personally holiness. Oftentimes, this is wrapped up in a misplaced and false humility, that kind of humility that says that since I’m good for nothing, there is no way I can even… Continue reading Monday of the First Week of Lent

Men’s Ministry Lenten Breakfast Talk: How Do Men Observe Lent?

Last night, I was in church for the Living Stations.  The junior high kids were leading it and they did an awesome job.  They even got me to shed a few tears along the way.  I’m half Italian: we just do that!  But what was it that got to me and caused those tears: 1.… Continue reading Men’s Ministry Lenten Breakfast Talk: How Do Men Observe Lent?

Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings Behold: now is the acceptable time! Behold: now is the day of salvation! We have come here today for all sorts of reasons. Lots of us may still have the remnants of old and bad teaching that you have to come to Church on Ash Wednesday or something horrible will happen to you,… Continue reading Ash Wednesday

Friday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings give us a look at an age-old argument over the concept of justification by faith alone.  Not only does James have to deal with it in his community, but during the protestant reformation, this concept was a major stumbling block which has only recently been healed – somewhat.  As tends to… Continue reading Friday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings St. James today encourages us to consider it all joy when we experience trial.  I don’t know about you, but that’s not the emotion I usually find in frustrating or fearful circumstances.  And considering that the people to whom James was writing were probably being persecuted, they probably weren’t overjoyed at their trials… Continue reading Monday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

The Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time [B]

Today’s readings In ancient days, a diagnosis of leprosy was a death sentence.  And that’s not just because they didn’t know how to treat the disease.  They didn’t, but what was really horrible is the way the lepers were treated.  First of all, they were called lepers – not people – so being labeled as… Continue reading The Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time [B]

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The women in today’s Liturgy of the Word give us contrasting views of the spiritual life.  In our first reading, the women give us the example of what not to do.  Solomon, known for his wisdom and dedication to God by building the temple, is soon seduced by the foreign women he had… Continue reading Thursday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

St. Paul Miki & companions, martyrs

Today’s readings Have you ever felt like you were dwelling in a dark cloud?  I think most of us get there at some point or another in our lives.  The dark cloud might be confusion: where is God taking me?  What am I supposed to do with my life?  Or it might be frustration: why… Continue reading St. Paul Miki & companions, martyrs