Saint Irenaeus, Bishop, Doctor, and Martyr

When a person faces opposition from erroneous ideology, there is a difference between refutation or winning an argument and correction. It might even be fair to say that many people are up to the task of winning an argument, but it takes a saint to be content with correction. Certainly that can be seen quite… Continue reading Saint Irenaeus, Bishop, Doctor, and Martyr

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Today’s readings Perhaps the most distinctive aspect of Catholic worship is our celebration of the Eucharist.  We state very strongly that it’s not just a symbol, not just a nice memory.  It is the actual Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord.  We know that we are spiritually in the presence of our… Continue reading The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

The Solemnity of Pentecost

Three cuttings from a manuscript of Innocent X

Today’s readings We’ve gathered today on the Solemnity of Pentecost … one of my favorite feasts of the whole year. Today, we have one last opportunity to celebrate the joy of the Easter season. For fifty days, we’ve been celebrating our Lord’s resurrection, his triumph over the grave, and his defeat of sin and death.… Continue reading The Solemnity of Pentecost

Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs

Today’s readings Today is the anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood, 16 years ago.  It is also Father John’s anniversary of thirty-three years.  I find our Liturgy today to be particularly inspirational on this anniversary day.  First we have Saint Paul who is standing trial for his witness and preaching of the faith.  Then… Continue reading Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs

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

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