The First Sunday of Advent

Today’s readings To you, I lift up my soul, O my God. In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame. Nor let my enemies exult over me; and let none who hope in you be put to shame. Those are the very first words in the Roman Missal’s Proper of Time. … Continue reading The First Sunday of Advent

Thanksgiving

Today’s readings A couple of years ago, my sister emailed me pictures of a storybook that my niece, Molly, wrote for a second grade school project.  It was a story about an unnamed boy and girl – but we might as well name them, because it was clear to me that the girl was the… Continue reading Thanksgiving

Saint Andrew Dŭng-Lạc, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs

Today’s readings St. Andrew Dŭng-Lạc was a priest in Vietnam in the early nineteenth century. He and his 116 companions, including Spanish Dominicans, members of the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris, and 96 Vietnamese, including 36 other priests, were all martyred around the year 1839. It is estimated that between 100,000 and 300,000 Catholics… Continue reading Saint Andrew Dŭng-Lạc, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs

Our Lord Jesus Christ the King of the Universe

Today’s readings I think this Gospel reading is wonderful because of the rather vivid picture that it paints. When I hear it, I can’t help but picture the king separating the sheep from the goats, making known their good works, or lack thereof, and ushering them into their version of eternity. It would seem that… Continue reading Our Lord Jesus Christ the King of the Universe

Thursday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Our worshipping in these last days of the Church year is often difficult, I think, because these readings are just hard to hear. The readings from Revelation this week have been confusing, to say the least, and maybe even a little frightening. And even if we could ignore the fright of the Revelation,… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

Today’s Readings St. Elizabeth was the daughter of the king of Hungary, and she married Louis IV of Thuringia when she was fourteen years old. They were happily married and had three children together. Together, they tried to live the ideals of St. Francis, so they sold their possessions and gave the money to the… Continue reading Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

Saturday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You know, this Gospel reading is filled with all sorts of off-putting comments, isn’t it? I don’t know about you, but I bristle at the thought of comparing God to a dishonest judge! But that’s not the point here. Of course, Jesus means that God is so much greater than the dishonest judge,… Continue reading Saturday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So many religious people tend to get concerned about the end of time. Just recently, the movie “Left Behind” was remade, and the premise is that Jesus returned to take all the faithful people home, and “left behind” everyone else. It’s a notion known as the rapture, which is not taught by the… Continue reading Friday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

Today’s readings Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini was a humble woman of great faith and fortitude. She was refused entrance to the religious order that had educated her. So she began working at an orphanage, eventually becoming a sister in the religious order that ran it. She later became their prioress. She went to New York… Continue reading Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

Pope Saint Leo the Great, Doctor of the Church

Today’s readings Pope St. Leo the Great was known to be a wonderful administrator of the Church. But far from being caught up in purely administrative matters, he was also a very spiritual and prayerful man, many of whose great writings have become part of the lifeblood of our Church. He was elected to the… Continue reading Pope Saint Leo the Great, Doctor of the Church