Monday of the First Week of Advent

Today’s readings Could you do that? You have someone close to you at home, and you know Jesus is near and one visit could heal her or him. Yet, you realize the unworthiness that you have, that we all have, for him to come under your roof. Would you have faith enough to tell him… Continue reading Monday of the First Week of Advent

Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Jesus says to us today, “this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.” This includes all of us, past, present and future. We will all live, in some way, to see the end of days, either here on earth, or from the joy of heaven. We are all… Continue reading Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Thanksgiving Day: People of Eucharist

Today’s readings Just yesterday, MaryAnn Fenton shared with me a letter she received from one of our Food Pantry clients. We had gone beyond food and helped her pay her rent this month because she was in a particularly bad spot. Just hearing her story brought tears to my eyes and it wasn’t a real… Continue reading Thanksgiving Day: People of Eucharist

Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe

Today’s readings Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe. I often wonder if this solemnity is one to which many people can relate. Our system of governance in America does not include the idea of a King, and even if it did, so many people don’t recognize… Continue reading Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

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 of Assisi, so they sold their possessions and gave the money… Continue reading Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

Monday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time: What Do You Want Me to Do for You?

Today’s readings “What do you want me to do for you?” I think that is perhaps the important question in the spiritual life. In fact, when I begin working with someone for spiritual direction, I usually have them spend some time reflecting on this Gospel reading. When I myself go on retreat, I reflect on… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time: What Do You Want Me to Do for You?

The Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “My whole world is falling apart.” We’ve all heard someone say that, or maybe we’re the ones who have said that, at some point in our lives. I think today’s Gospel points to that kind of experience. But to really get at the experience Luke’s Gospel was getting at, you have to imagine… Continue reading The Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saint Josaphat, Bishop & Martyr and Notre Dame Day of Service

Today’s readings This morning we gather in the presence of a merciful and compassionate God, not a dishonest judge. We gather in prayer knowing that those prayers are heard and answered in God’s way, in God’s time. The exercise of perseverance in prayer is not so much to change God’s will as it is for… Continue reading Saint Josaphat, Bishop & Martyr and Notre Dame Day of Service

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

Tuesday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time: Election Day

Today’s readings Turn from evil and do good, that you may abide forever; The just shall possess the land and dwell in it forever. So says the Psalmist today, and I think these words are comforting ones. Here we stand, finally, on election day, in the midst of one of the most rancorous and in… Continue reading Tuesday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time: Election Day