Saint Andrew, Apostle

Today’s readings As is the case for most of the apostles, we don’t know a whole lot about Saint Andrew.  And I think that’s appropriate, because what we need to know about the apostles is that they were followers of Jesus, and were devoted to him.  We too are called to that same great devotion.… Continue reading Saint Andrew, Apostle

The First Sunday of Advent

Today’s readings Happy New Year! I know, as I say that, that we are still more than a month away from the end of the year.  But I also know that you know that I’m speaking of the new year of the Church.  Our Church Year begins anew on the First Sunday of Advent, that… Continue reading The First Sunday of Advent

Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Our readings have been reminding us that the night is far spent and the day is drawing near.  We are called upon today to remain vigilant so that we do not miss the second coming of the Lord.  And it is well that we receive that warning today, on the cusp as we are of… Continue reading Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Cecilia, Virgin Martyr

Today’s readings For those of you who are musicians, whether you play an instrument or sing, this is your feast day.  Today we celebrate Saint Cecilia, a virgin and martyr  of the early church who is the patron saint of musicians.  Saint Cecilia was a force for good among those who knew her.  She worked… Continue reading Saint Cecilia, Virgin Martyr

Friday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We have been hearing this week in our first reading from the books of the Maccabees.  All week long, the message we were getting was that this life is not all there is. Maybe eating a little pork, or tossing a few grains of incense on a coal in worship of an alien… Continue reading Friday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Well, the story we started to hear in yesterday’s first reading about Israel has festered a bit.  You may remember yesterday that king Antiochus Epiphanes began to lead the people to follow the ways of the Gentiles: covering over their circumcision, attending schools in the Gentile way of life, abandoning the holy laws.… Continue reading Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

The Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Why are we still here????? Have you ever thought about that?  Why is it that Jesus has been so long in returning?  Why hasn’t he come back to put all things to their proper conclusion?  Why do we still have wars being fought all over the earth?  Why is there still crime in our cities?  Why… Continue reading The Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr

Mass for the school children. So today, you notice, I’m sure, that I am wearing red vestments.  I’m wearing red vestments because today’s saint, Saint Josaphat, was a martyr.  Do you know what a martyr is?  That’s right, it’s a saint that gave his or her life for Jesus, for the faith.  So the red… Continue reading Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr

Saint Martin of Tours/Veterans Day

Today we have the opportunity to celebrate some heroes.  One hero is today’s saint, Saint Martin of Tours, who was actually a veteran and a fierce defender of our faith.  The other heroes are our nation’s veterans, who have fought in wars to protect us and to protect our freedoms. St. Martin of Tours is… Continue reading Saint Martin of Tours/Veterans Day

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

Today’s readings Today we celebrate the feast of the dedication of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome.  Most people think of St. Peter’s Basilica as the pope’s church, but that’s not completely true.  As the Bishop of Rome, his Cathedral Church is the Lateran Basilica, once dedicated to our Savior, but now named for Saint… Continue reading The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome