Saint Monica

Today’s readings. The kind of persistent prayer for those who were important to Saint Paul, as he speaks about in today’s first reading from his second letter to the Thessalonians, was something that Saint Monica practiced every day of her life.  This was a woman in love with God and the Church, and her family,… Continue reading Saint Monica

The Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time (Bread of Life Discourse V)

Today’s readings Life calls us to make some very difficult decisions sometimes.  Who will we vote for?  What school will we choose for our children?  Is this the person I should marry?  Is this job the right one for me right now?  In today’s readings, though, the players are making a very basic choice: whom… Continue reading The Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time (Bread of Life Discourse V)

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, abbot and doctor of the Church

Today’s readings Learning to follow the path of perfection is the most important goal of the spiritual life.  How do we get our relationship with God right so that we can live with him forever in heaven?  That was certainly the goal of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, whose feast we celebrate today. In the year… Continue reading Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, abbot and doctor of the Church

The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings The tradition of the Assumption of Mary dates back to the very earliest days of the Church, all the way back to the days of the apostles. It was known that Mary had “fallen asleep” and that there is a “Tomb of Mary” close toMountZion, where the early Christian community had lived. The… Continue reading The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Vigil of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings One of the most important things we can know about the Blessed Virgin Mary is summed up in the simple statement: “As Mary goes, so goes the Church.”  Mary is the Mother of the Church, and so, through her intercession, we hope to follow the path she followed.  We certainly celebrate and hope… Continue reading The Vigil of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Monday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Things are starting to get real for those first followers of Jesus.  Jesus speaks to his disciples at the beginning of today’s Gospel reading about his impending demise.  He foretells that he will be handed over and killed.  And the disciples are overwhelmed with grief.  Certainly we can resonate with their grief.  They’ve… Continue reading Monday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [B] – Bread of Life Discourse III

Today’s readings There’s an awful lot of murmuring going on in today’s readings.  First, the prophet Elijah, fleeing for his life, takes refuge under a broom tree in the desert, pleading that God would take his life rather than let his enemies catch up with him.  Then the Ephesians have apparently been displaying enough bitterness,… Continue reading The Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [B] – Bread of Life Discourse III

The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Today’s readings How do you picture Jesus? We’ve never seen him face to face, but we have seen artwork depicting him. That artwork can be very inspiring. But that artwork can also give us a false, overly-familiar look at Jesus our God. I tend to think Peter, James and John also had a kind of… Continue reading The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [Cycle B]: Bread of Life Discourse II

Today’s readings My niece, Molly, wants to open a restaurant when she grows up.  She said that she is going to call it, simply, “Hungry.”  Seems like a good enough name for a restaurant to me.  Where are you going to go when you’re hungry?  Well, to “Hungry,” of course!  Based on what Molly likes… Continue reading The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [Cycle B]: Bread of Life Discourse II