Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Loose lips sink ships.”  That’s a saying that I learned somewhere in my early elementary school life.  I don’t think I fully understood what it meant at the time – all I appreciated was that it told me to keep my mouth shut.  But as I’ve lived and matured, I know very well… Continue reading Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Marriage Renewal Day Homily

Today’s readings: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 47; I John 4:7-12; Matthew 5:13-16 The Rite of Marriage gives us so many wonderful images for the spiritual life.  Speaking of the bride, the nuptial prayer asks that she may model her life on “the holy women whose praises are sung in the Scriptures.”  Speaking of the groom, it… Continue reading Marriage Renewal Day Homily

Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Tme

Today’s readings Some people would say that Jesus was a peaceful man.  Saying that is really misunderstanding Jesus and who he was.  Because peace wasn’t necessarily his primary interest, at least not peace in the way that we often see it. Because sometimes I think we misread what peace is supposed to be.  We might… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Tme

Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It has often struck me that, the economy of our nation and the world being as precarious as it is, that being rich in what matters to God is more important than ever.  With all the bad financial news out there, who among us hasn’t had the sinking feeling that this world’s riches… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time: Day of Service

Today’s readings Our Gospel today warns us of coming persecutions.  At some point, we will all be dragged before synagogues and rulers and authorities of some sort, and we will have to give an account of what we believe.  Now for us, it’s not going to be so literal, obviously.  But we may have to… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time: Day of Service

Ss. Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf and Companions, Martyrs

Today’s readings Mass for the school children. When I was your age, I used to like watching movies about the “wild west,” and playing cowboys and Indians.  It was fun to think about our history in those days and to re-enact what we thought it must have been like.  But the truth is, the history… Continue reading Ss. Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf and Companions, Martyrs

Saint Teresa of Avila, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

Today’s readings: Romans 8:22-27; Psalm 19:8-11; John 15:1-8 Saint Teresa was a virgin, mystic, nun, reformer of the Carmelite order, and, with Saint John of the  Cross, foundress of the Discalced Carmelites. When she was a girl, her father sent her for a time to live in an Augustinian convent, until she became ill about… Continue reading Saint Teresa of Avila, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time [B]: Time, Talent & Treasure

Today’s readings I’m speaking at all the Masses this weekend, and I know what you’re thinking: here comes the money talk.  All he ever does is talk about money.  I hope you don’t really feel that way, because we do try to keep all the money talk to a minimum.  We do, however, want to… Continue reading Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time [B]: Time, Talent & Treasure

Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Yesterday, the fiftieth anniversary of the calling of the Second Vatican Council, marked the beginning of a Year of Faith that Pope Benedict called for in his encyclical, Porta Fidei.  In that document, he calls on all of us Catholics to throw open the doors of faith, to rediscover who we are as… Continue reading Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Go and do likewise.” What a wonderful instruction for Jesus to give us this morning.  “Go and do likewise.” Jesus is telling us that those who hear the Gospel must also live it, or it is useless.  Those who do not go out and do likewise are like the foolish Galatians in today’s… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time