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

Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Catherine of Siena, a religious, a mystic, and a Doctor of the Church. Saint Catherine was born at Siena, in the region of Tuscany in Italy. When she was six years old, Jesus appeared to Catherine and blessed her. As many parents do for their children, her mother… Continue reading Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Belozerov Mikhail, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Today’s readings On today’s feast, we celebrate the faithfulness of Saint Joseph. When he became betrothed to Mary, he got more than he could ever have bargained for. It certainly would have been easy to divorce her quietly when the news of her pregnancy became known, and it certainly would have been difficult to continue… Continue reading Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint Patrick, Bishop

Today’s readings Lent is a time of conversion and renewal of faith.  Saint Patrick’s life was one of conversion.  He wrote about that in his famous Confession, which was a work that talked all about his life of faith.  Listen to what he said at the beginning of it: “And there the Lord opened my… Continue reading Saint Patrick, Bishop

Friday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readingsMass for the school children. The readings for daily Mass usually follow in a series.  So we read from a certain book of the Bible for a while, and then we move on to another one for a while.  So for the last couple of weeks, we have been listening to the story of… Continue reading Friday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Blase, Bishop and Martyr

Today we celebrate the memorial of Saint Blase, and all that we really know about him was that he was the bishop of Sebaste in Armenia during the fourth century.  Everything else is legend.  But, even if the entire story isn’t true, there is Truth in the legend, because it points us to Christ.  Saint… Continue reading Saint Blase, Bishop and Martyr

The Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle

Spinello Aretino (Spinello di Luca Spinelli) (Italian, born Arezzo 1345–52, died 1410 Arezzo) The Conversion of Saint Paul, ca. 1391–92 Italian, Arezzo, Tempera on wood, gold ground; 11 7/8 x 11 5/8 in. (30.2 x 29.5 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.11) http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/459135

Today’s readings Brothers and sisters, if we think that we are the ones who get to determine the direction of our lives, we are dead wrong.  That’s the corollary to the proverb, “If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans.”  God is always and forever in charge. Today’s feast is probably the clearest picture of… Continue reading The Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle

Saint Agnes, Virgin Martyr

Today’s readings There are a lot of saints in today’s Mass, but then, honestly, there always are.  Father John and I have an ongoing joke, that when one of us has the early 6:30 Mass, we say to the other, “I woke up the angels and saints for you.”  Now, obviously the angels and saints… Continue reading Saint Agnes, Virgin Martyr

Saint Francis Xavier, Missionary Priest, Diocesan Patron

We celebrate the memorial of Saint Francis Xavier as a feast today, because he is the patron saint of the Diocese of Joliet.  Francis Xavier was a sixteenth century man who had a promising career in academics.  He was encouraged in the faith by his good friend, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, and went to join the new… Continue reading Saint Francis Xavier, Missionary Priest, Diocesan Patron

Saint Andrew, Apostle

Today’s readings As is the case for most of the apostles, we don’t know a whole lot about Saint Andrew.  And I think that’s appropriate, because what we need to know about the apostles is that they were followers of Jesus, and were devoted to him.  We too are called to that same great devotion.… Continue reading Saint Andrew, Apostle

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