Mass of the Holy Spirit at Benedictine University

And first of all, whatever good work you begin to do, beg of Him with most earnest prayer to perfect it… That quote is from one of my favorite spiritual works, the Rule of Saint Benedict. I think it’s an appropriate sentiment with which to begin a school year. Education is, indeed, a good work,… Continue reading Mass of the Holy Spirit at Benedictine University

Saint Monica

Saint Monica is the patron saint of persistent prayer warriors and all those who pray for the conversion of family members. This was a woman in love with God and the Church, and her family, although the latter was pretty difficult for her. But her persistent prayer won them for Christ and the Church. Although… Continue reading Saint Monica

The Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In my first priestly assignment, at Saint Raphael in Naperville, there was a huge football program for elementary school kids called Saint Raphael Football.  It was not just a team, but a league, and lots of surrounding churches had teams in the league.  You couldn’t live in Naperville and not have heard of Saint Raphael… Continue reading The Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

Today’s readings What tradition tells us about St. Bartholomew is that he is often called Nathanael in the Gospels. That explains why Nathanael is prominent in the Gospel reading for today. Nathanael – or Bartholomew, take your pick – is singled out of the crowd by Jesus. Nathanael is surprised at what Jesus says about… Continue reading Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

The Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings As the current political season heats up in these late summer days, I find that it can be very easy to be dismayed. Every candidate, every bit of legislation, everything that comes at us is so disheartening. There is almost a complete rejection of the sanctity of life, there is very little concern… Continue reading The Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings God never forgets how much he loves us.  If this weren’t so, none of us would be in existence.  God loves us into life and loves us through our life and one day, if we let him, will love us into eternal life.  The people of Israel had to know this better than anyone.  In today’s first… Continue reading Friday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings In every age of the world, people have needed hope.  Because in every age of the world, there has been unbelievable hardship.  There has always been war, and disease, and poverty, and oppression, and alienation, and all the rest.  There has always been sin, and broken relationships, and impure desires and that feeling of emptiness that… Continue reading The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I once heard it said that you’re only a child once, but you can be childish your whole life long!  I don’t think that Jesus wants us to be childish today, but certainly he is calling us to be more child-like. Jesus tells us today that we must become like children if we wish… Continue reading Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Wow.  If ever there was a frightening Gospel reading, I think we just heard it!  All this talk about beating the menservants and the maidservants, and the hope of being beaten “only lightly.”  Yikes.  Even the whole notion of the Son of Man coming at an hour we do not expect is pretty concerning.  We almost want to… Continue reading The Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saint Dominic, Priest

On a journey through France with his bishop, St. Dominic came across people who espoused the Albigensian heresy. The Albigensians believed in just good and evil – there was no middle ground. For them, anything material was evil, which meant that they denied the Incarnation and the sacraments. On the same principle they abstained from… Continue reading Saint Dominic, Priest