The Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The past two weekends, we have had the first reading come from the book of the prophet Amos.  I love Amos.  He doesn’t mince words, and you can usually tell what he’s getting at right away.  Today, though, I think it’s a little harder to understand what he means.  The line that jumps out at me is… Continue reading The Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest

Mass for the school children. Saint Vincent de Paul is one of my favorite saints. He knew what it meant to be a priest, and he lived it every day. But he didn’t start out wanting to be like that; he had a conversation experience along the way. Back in the days when Saint Vincent… Continue reading Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest

Saint Pius of Pietraclina (Padre Pio)

Today’s readings At the age of 15, Francesco Forgione joined the Capuchins and took the name of Pio. He was ordained in 1910 and was drafted during World War I. After he was discovered to have tuberculosis, he was discharged. In 1917 he was assigned to the friary in San Giovanni Rotondo. On September 20,… Continue reading Saint Pius of Pietraclina (Padre Pio)

The Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Jesus tells us some things about discipleship today that, quite honestly, I think might make a person think twice about becoming a disciple.  The first two come right at the beginning of the gospel reading: “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even… Continue reading The Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Pope Saint Gregory the Great

Today’s readings Saint Gregory showed a great deal of promise at a young age.  He had a stellar political career, becoming prefect of Rome before the age of thirty.  After a short time, he resigned his office and dedicated his life to the priesthood. He joined a Benedictine monastery and became abbot, founding several other monasteries during his… Continue reading Pope Saint Gregory the Great

Labor Day

Readings: Genesis 1:26-2:3 | Psalm 90 | 1 Thessalonians 4:1b-2, 9-12 | Matthew 6:31-34 Today, we’ve gathered to celebrate and bless human labor.  Human labor is a cornerstone of our society and our world, dating all the way back to the creation of the world, as today’s first reading shows us.  Indeed, our labor is a participation… Continue reading Labor Day

The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You’ve heard of the deadly sins. They are those sins that can really get at us time and time again in our lives and turn us away from God. They are things like lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. But for each of those deadly sins, there is also a life-giving… Continue reading The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time