The Ascension of the Lord

Today’s readings If you feel like your life lately has been a crazy, roller-coaster ride of an existence, you might probably relate to the Apostles and disciples of the early church in today’s readings, and perhaps the fruits of today’s feast will be of comfort to you.  For those early disciples, today’s feast had to… Continue reading The Ascension of the Lord

The Dedication of the Cathedral of Saint Raymond Nonnatus

Today we celebrate the dedication of the Cathedral of Saint Raymond Nonnatus Cathedral in Joliet, the mother church of our diocese.  The parish of Saint Raymond was founded on June 28, 1917 by Archbishop Mundelein of the Archdiocese of Chicago in response to the increasing population on Joliet’s then-new west side.  This of course would… Continue reading The Dedication of the Cathedral of Saint Raymond Nonnatus

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings Our readings today revolve around the theological virtue of hope.  Hope is the virtue that recognizes our desire for happiness in this life and the next, which is an aspiration placed in our hearts by God himself (CCC 1818).  According to the Catechism, the virtue of hope causes us to “desire the kingdom… Continue reading The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Today’s readings Today’s scriptures speak to us about the essence of what it means to live a Christian life.  First, as we can see in the reading from the Acts of the Apostles, it means making a clean break with the ways that we have been tethered to the world.  For the newest members of… Continue reading Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Christ the Living Vine by Father Lawrence Lew, OP

Today’s readings I love this Gospel reading because of the way it talks about love.  It would be easy enough to say that if we just love each other a little more, everything will be fine.  And there is some truth to that.  If we loved each other a bit more, things would certainly be… Continue reading Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Today’s readings I’m always amazed by the fortitude of Saint Paul. He’s almost stoned to death and left, in fact, for dead, and he gets up and enters the city like nothing was wrong. I don’t know about you, but if I barely weathered the storm of people throwing rocks at me and leaving me… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings I love to tell the children in school or religious education that the most important thing they can ever know about God is also one of the first things they ever learned about God.  And that is that God is love, and that God loves them very much.  Indeed, if we always keep… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today’s readings Today’s readings are full of messengers. In the first reading, Saint Paul is a messenger bringing news of the real meaning of the ancient Scriptures in light of the death and resurrection of Jesus. And he speaks of another messenger, John the Baptist, who paved the way for the coming of Jesus by… Continue reading Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today’s readings When people ask you where you are from, the way that you answer that question probably depends a lot on the context.  For instance, if it was a stranger who asked you that question when you were on a vacation out of the country, you might answer, “I’m from the United States.”  If… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readingsGood Shepherd Sunday / World Day of Prayer for Vocations Today’s brief Gospel reading begins with the wonderful line, “My sheep hear my voice.” Reflecting on that line caused me to wonder: how are the sheep to hear the shepherd in this day and age? There are so many things that vie for our… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Easter

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