Saint Irenaeus, bishop and martyr

When a person faces opposition from erroneous ideology, there is a difference between refutation or winning an argument and correction. It might even be fair to say that many people are up to the task of winning an argument, but it takes a saint to be content with correction. This subtle difference is one that… Continue reading Saint Irenaeus, bishop and martyr

Tuesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings When I hear that the road that leads to life is narrow and constricted, that makes me a bit uneasy.  The reason for that is I am a lousy packer.  I pretty much always over-pack, not being able to shake the worry of not having something I might need.  What if the weather… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Today’s readings Today we celebrate a feast that is a bit unusual for us.  First of all, it’s a saint’s feast day, and saints’ days don’t usually take precedence over a Sunday celebration.  Secondly, whenever we do celebrate a saint’s day, it is usually celebrated on the feast of their death, not their birth.  But… Continue reading Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

Today’s readings St. Aloysius Gonzaga was a well-connected young man who lived during the Renaissance. His father longed for him to become a military hero, and brought him up in the court society. But Aloysius was affected from an early age by a desire to become one with God, and often practiced great penance and… Continue reading Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

Tuesday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel is one that’s certainly very familiar to us.  But if we’re honest, every time we hear it, it must give us a little bit of uneasiness, right?  Because, yes, it is very easy to love those who love us, to do good to those who do good to us, to greet… Continue reading Tuesday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

The Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I really don’t have a green thumb, but for a while when I was young, I was very interested in growing things. My grandmother on my dad’s side had quite the green thumb: anything she planted grew to be quite prolific.  I have whatever the opposite of that is! But still, I have always been… Continue reading The Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings One of the most vivid Church memories I have was of a friend who was making final vows as a Benedictine many years ago now. It was a very beautiful Mass, but what really stood out so vividly to me was that, while the assembly sang the Litany of the Saints and my friend… Continue reading Saturday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We know a little of 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… Continue reading Friday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Sometimes the Gospel just makes good common sense.  Today, the Gospel expands on the Golden Rule, something we should all have learned when we were very little.  As my grandmother used to say, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.  But actually what Jesus is telling us today goes… Continue reading Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Barnabas, Apostle

Today’s readings “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.” Saint Barnabas, a Jew of Cyprus, was not one of the original Twelve, but is honored as an apostle because of his work of evangelization in the early Church.  He was closely associated with Saint Paul (he introduced Paul… Continue reading Saint Barnabas, Apostle