The Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Every now and then it’s a good idea to reflect on virtues.  Virtues don’t get enough play in our society these days.  More often, we hear of taking care of ourselves, doing whatever makes us happy, that kind of thing. The virtues definitely counsel against that kind of self-absorption, but frankly, the virtues… Continue reading The Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I think it’s easy to be dismayed at where the world is these days.  Political candidates and politicians on both sides of the aisle are disappointing at best.  The pro-abortion vitriol is vicious and hateful.  Violence in our cities, schools, and public spaces is constant.  Public sin and our own private sin beat… Continue reading The Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saint Jane Frances de Chantal

Today we have the optional memorial of Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, a wife, mother, nun and founder of a religious community.  I decided to celebrate this memorial because I think her story is one that is deeply encouraging.  Jane’s mother died when she was 18 years old, and her father became the influence on… Continue reading Saint Jane Frances de Chantal

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Today’s readings Today Jesus extols the virtues of child-like faith. Such a faith is dependent on our God who seeks us out like a shepherd in search of a lost sheep. This is a faith that realizes that God is in charge, and that we are happiest when we let God do what he wants… Continue reading Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Thursday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings speak to us about remaining in relationship with God.  In the first reading, Nahum prophesies that Israel’s subjection to Nineveh will not stand.  God will deliver them and watch over them, but notice the command he gives them to fulfill: Celebrate your feasts, O Judah,fulfill your vows!For nevermore shall you be… Continue reading Thursday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel reading is one of my favorites.  Truthfully, though, it always makes me a little uncomfortable.  Which is what it’s supposed to do.  This Gospel wants us to get out of the boat, too. We can tend to give Saint Peter a lot of grief over this incident.  If he was able… Continue reading Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

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