The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Freedom!

Today’s readings “For freedom Christ set us free.” So writes Saint Paul in our second reading today. And it’s a beautiful reflection for this weekend, when we are getting ready for our Independence Day celebrations. When our nation’s founders set up this fledgling republic 240 years ago, freedom was certainly one of their primary concerns.… Continue reading The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Freedom!

Thursday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 

Some people say all you need to do is make a one-time decision to accept Jesus as your personal Savior and you’re saved. If salvation were something magical that came about as the result of just saying a simple prayer, once and for all, then why wouldn’t everyone do that? The fact is, salvation is… Continue reading Thursday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 

Monday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time: Reining In Our Pride

Today’s readings Pride is, perhaps, the most insidious of the sins with which we have to deal. And I say “we” because yes, we all have to deal with it at some level at some point in our lives. Pride keeps us from seeing that we’re headed down the wrong path. Pride also keeps us… Continue reading Monday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time: Reining In Our Pride

The Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Suffering, Redemption and Glory

Today’s readings The talk of mourning and death in today’s Liturgy of the Word reminds us of a couple of really important life principles. The first is that we will have to suffer and mourn in this life, because this life is riddled with sorrows. We saw that clearly in Orlando this past week, and… Continue reading The Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Suffering, Redemption and Glory

Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Today’s readings St. Anthony is probably one of the best-known Catholic saints. As the patron for finding lost objects, I’m sure so many of us have prayed, “Tony, Tony, look around, something’s lost and can’t be found.” We all lose track of things from time to time, and it’s nice to have someone to help… Continue reading Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Friday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So we know the back story on our first reading, because we’ve been hearing it this week. You recall that Elijah has just come from soundly defeating all of the pagan “prophets” of Baal, which was very embarrassing to King Ahab and especially to Queen Jezebel, who vowed to take Elijah’s life in… Continue reading Friday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 

Sometimes God’s blessings can be challenging. For example, we might not think that those who are meek and those who mourn are blessed. And we certainly wouldn’t celebrate the blessings of those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, would we? It’s even more challenging when we remember that the word “blessed” in Scripture… Continue reading Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 

The Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Baptism at Mass

Today’s readings Today’s readings about the two widows highlight the plight of widows in the ancient world. Without a husband, they would necessarily depend on their sons to help provide for them and keep them safe, and so when these two sons died, the widow was vulnerable and very likely would become destitute. But Elijah… Continue reading The Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Baptism at Mass

Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Truth is quite a topic these days. Mostly because people choose to define truth in any way that suits them. Absolute truth is akin to authoritarianism and it’s the real death of any kind of conversation that would lead to conversion. It’s the kind of thing that of late has so many angry… Continue reading Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time