The Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings I am so glad that Pope Francis declared this the year of Saint Joseph, because I think we, as a Church, as the people of God, have been needing to be stronger in our devotion to Saint Joseph for a long time now.  Saint Joseph is the intercessor and the model for all of… Continue reading The Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saints Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

We have been hearing from the martyrs a lot recently.  On Wednesday, we remembered Saint Blaise, a bishop and martyr who is the patron saint of those with illnesses, specifically of the throat.  Yesterday, we remembered Saint Agatha, a virgin and martyr who was put to death in the third century.  Today we remember Saint… Continue reading Saints Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas (Saint Thomas Becket)

Portrait of St. Thomas Becket, reassembled from fragments by Samuel Caldwell Jr in 1919. Becket Window 1 (n. VII) in the north aisle of the Trinity Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral.

Today’s readings The birth of Christ in our world ought to mean something to us: the birth of Christ ought to mean a change in our attitudes and our behaviors and even in the course of our lives. Today is a commemoration of Saint Thomas Becket, the archbishop of Canterbury who ultimately lost his life… Continue reading The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas (Saint Thomas Becket)

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

Today’s readingsMass for the school children. Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, who was called “Mother Cabrini” during her life, was a humble woman of great faith and fortitude.  Because of poor health, she was refused entrance to the Daughters of the Sacred Heart, the religious community that had educated her.  But in 1880, along with seven other young… Continue reading Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

The Solemnity of All Saints

Today’s readings I think we all bristle, unfortunately, at the idea of being a saint.  Saints are those super-holy folks who are depicted in artwork and glorified in amazing stories.  We are just ordinary people who struggle with our holiness, at best.  But today, the Church is asking us to think about saints in a broader way.  Yes, we… Continue reading The Solemnity of All Saints

Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests and Martyrs, & Companions, Martyrs

V0032209 Martyrdom of Father Isaac Jogues S.J. Engraving by A. Malaer Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Martyrdom of Father Isaac Jogues S.J. Engraving by A. Malaer after A. van Diepenbeck. Published: - Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Ministry in a culture that is hostile to the faith seems to be a theme of every age and place.  It takes different forms in different places and times, but there is always some hostility to the faith that needs to be fought.  We certainly see this in our own day, when the mere mention of the… Continue reading Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests and Martyrs, & Companions, Martyrs

The Holy Guardian Angels

Today’s readings: Exodus 23:20-23 | Psalm 91 | Matthew 18:1-5, Matthew 18:10 This is one of my favorite memorial days of the year.  Today we celebrate the Holy Guardian Angels.  Each one of us has a Guardian Angel assigned to us by God.  That angel prays for us and does their best to guide us and keep us… Continue reading The Holy Guardian Angels

Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels

Today’s readings This is the beginning of a rather angelic few days for us Catholics.  Today we celebrate the feast of the archangels, and on Friday we will have the joy of honoring our guardian angels.  We celebrate the way the angels protect and guide us and keep us on the path to Christ. Many people think… Continue reading Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels

Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Today’s readings Saint Matthew’s call to be an Apostle, and a Saint, was highly improbable.  And that’s good news for us, because our own calls are improbable too. Our God does amazing things with the improbable!  Matthew was a tax collector, working for the Roman occupation government.  His task was to exact the tax from… Continue reading Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Saint Monica

I hope we all know someone in our lives that is a fervent, persistent prayer warrior.  Because we all need people like that who pray for us, especially in bad or trying times.  We very likely have some people like that here in church today.  I know that the persistent prayer warriors in my life… Continue reading Saint Monica