Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

Today's readings Saint Ignatius was all set to accomplish great things in the military when his leg was badly injured by a canon ball. As he was convalescing, he asked for romantic novels to read. But nothing like that was available, so he had to settle for books on the life of Christ and the… Continue reading Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

Saint James, Apostle

Today’s readings “Can you drink the chalice of which I am going to drink?” What does that even mean for us?  We know what Jesus’ chalice was like: it led him through sorrow, and abandonment, and ultimately to the cross.  If we have ever been in a situation in which we have felt intense grief,… Continue reading Saint James, Apostle

The Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This week in my bulletin column, I have a reflection on the introductory rites of Mass.  But maybe in the homily, we can take a step back from that and think about what we’re supposed to do before Mass.  And what we do before Mass, and I mean before we even come to… Continue reading The Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saint Mary Magdalene

Today's readings Today’s feast of St. Mary Magdalene is a good opportunity to set the record straight.  Mary Magdalene was not the woman caught in adultery, nor was she the unnamed “sinful woman” who anointed the feet of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel.  That said, she is the woman from whom Jesus expelled seven demons, also… Continue reading Saint Mary Magdalene

Monday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time 

Today’s readings It’s a frightening thing, I think, to hear Jesus say in today’s Gospel reading, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword.” And it’s frightening not because of some actual sword that might harm us, but instead because… Continue reading Monday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time 

The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I’m not very good at it, and I don’t do it much any more, but I used to help plant a family garden.  Now my sister mostly does that.  What’s remarkable to me about a garden is that the seed that is planted looks, for all the world, lifeless … like something that… Continue reading The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

St. Benedict, Abbot

It is with great fondness that I observe this feast of St. Benedict the abbot, and father of western monasticism. My Benedictine roots stem from my college days at Benedictine University in Lisle (then called Illinois Benedictine College), and I have a deep fondness for the monks of St. Procopius Abbey, who staffed the college,… Continue reading St. Benedict, Abbot

The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You’ll often hear me say that the Liturgy of the Word for these summer Ordinary Time Sundays is designed to offer us a kind of toolbox for living our Christian discipleship.  And that’s important because discipleship isn’t an easy thing to live, and it would be far easier to just throw it aside… Continue reading The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Independence Day

Today’s readings: Isaiah 57:15-19 | Philippians 4:6-9 | John 14:23-29 We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men,… Continue reading Independence Day

The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings There’s a little Christian Science church in the town where I grew up, on Main Street, just north of the downtown area.  They don’t anymore, but they used to list their upcoming sermon topic, followed by the line “All are welcome.”  Imagine my surprise when one day, the topic was going to be… Continue reading The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time