Three Promises: A Reflection on Diaconate Retreat

It’s been a crazy week/weekend so far. I finished my retreat Friday morning, and left Friday afternoon for my friend’s diaconate ordination in Springfield, IL. I stayed there overnight (free lodging is a goooooood thing!) and am finally back and getting ready to return to Mundelein sometime tomorrow night. I should probably be packing things… Continue reading Three Promises: A Reflection on Diaconate Retreat

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

http://www.usccb.org/nab/090405.htm If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Conflict is one of the hardest things for me. When I am presented with an issue of conflict, my own Irish Catholic heritage says, “we shall never speak of this again.” For me, being silent in the face of conflict is a way of… Continue reading 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fear: The Beheading of John the Baptist

http://www.usccb.org/nab/082905.htm Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man, and kept him in custody. I wonder if we would have any martyrs in the Church at all if it were not for fear. Today we celebrate — yes, celebrate — the beheading of St. John the Baptist. Like all martyr’s feasts,… Continue reading Fear: The Beheading of John the Baptist

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

http://www.usccb.org/nab/082805.htm O God, you are my God whom I seek; for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water. Thus have I gazed toward you in the sanctuary to see your power and your glory, for your kindness is a greater good than life; my lips shall… Continue reading 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

http://www.usccb.org/nab/082105.htm Who do people say that the Son of Man is? This is probably every bit as pertinent a question in our time as it was when Jesus walked the earth. Who do people say that the Son of Man is? For many, the question seems surprising. Of course he is Christ, the Son of… Continue reading 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” Luke 10:23-24 Saying goodbye is hard. If it were easier, I think the bunch of… Continue reading In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

The End is Near

Well, the end of CPE is near anyway. CPE is clinical pastoral education – basically chaplaincy in a hospital setting – and that’s been what I’ve been doing with my summer vacation. It’s been difficult and grueling at times, but always profound and holy. I’ve had times of sadness and grieving, but also times of… Continue reading The End is Near

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

http://www.usccb.org/nab/081505.htm Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy! Our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley, of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our… Continue reading The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

http://www.usccb.org/nab/081405a.htm “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” The faith of the Canaanite woman is remarkable, and Jesus says as much. This is a confusing passage from our viewpoint: is Jesus learning something about his ministry, or is this incident hyperbolic — is Jesus using this incident… Continue reading 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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