Monday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The immediacy of discipleship is of paramount importance.  The call of our baptism is more urgent than anything else in our lives.  Or, at least, that’s how it should be.  Just like anything else in life that requires something from us, discipleship can take a back seat to other things that come along. … Continue reading Monday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Men’s Ministry Lenten Breakfast Talk: How Do Men Observe Lent?

Last night, I was in church for the Living Stations.  The junior high kids were leading it and they did an awesome job.  They even got me to shed a few tears along the way.  I’m half Italian: we just do that!  But what was it that got to me and caused those tears: 1.… Continue reading Men’s Ministry Lenten Breakfast Talk: How Do Men Observe Lent?

Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings A while ago now, I was working at my home parish, St. Petronille, on the staff as a youth minister.  I remember the parish secretary well, she was a very nice woman named Dorothy.  Whenever you’d ask Dorothy how she was, she’d always say, “Busy, busy, busy!”  And I’m sure that she was… Continue reading Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

CREEDS Retreat Conference I: Advent and the Incarnation of Christ

Readings:  Matthew 1:18-25; Matthew 3:1-7 Godspell:  “Prepare Ye” and “Save the People” One of the single greatest mysteries of our faith is the Incarnation of Christ.  When you stop to think about it, who are we that the Author of all Life should take on our own corrupt and broken form and become one of… Continue reading CREEDS Retreat Conference I: Advent and the Incarnation of Christ

St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Today's readings [display_podcast] St. Bonaventure is known for his theological writings with regard to holiness.  He was chosen to be minister general of the Franciscan Order in 1257, and devoted himself to bringing the Order to a closer living of the principles of St. Francis.  This was especially important to him, since he was cured… Continue reading St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

Today’s readings In today’s Gospel we find out that Jesus is not above asking a trick question or two to get people’s attention. He asks today, “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray?”… Continue reading Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The thing is, you know, the Pharisee was quite right. His righteousness was beyond reproach. He has been innocent of greed, dishonesty and adultery. He has been more pious than even the law requires. Fasting was only required once a year, on the Day of Atonement, but he fasts twice a week. Tithes… Continue reading Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Liturgy of the Word, brothers and sisters in Christ, is a kind of handbook, I think, for the Christian disciple. Those of us who would follow in the steps of Jesus are given several wonderful pearls of wisdom which are meant to guide us on the way. So today, I thought it… Continue reading Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Today's readings During World War II, the officers of the Third Reich's secret service forcefully recruited many 12- and 13-year-old boys into the Junior Gestapo. The harshly treated boys were given only inhumane jobs that they were to perform without rest or complaint. After the war ended, most had lost contact with their families and… Continue reading The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Memorial Day

Today's readings: Philippians 4:6-9 & John 14:23-29 Memorial Day originally began in our country as an occasion to remember and decorate the graves of the soldiers who died in the Civil War. Later it became a holiday to commemorate all those who had died in war in the service of our country. This continues to… Continue reading Memorial Day