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

The Solemnity of All Saints

Today’s readings Today, the Church militant – which is all of us – rejoice with the Church triumphant – which is all the Saints in heaven – because of the great glory of God. This glory they can already see; we hope to see it one day. And we will see it if, please God,… Continue reading The Solemnity of All Saints

Monday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. People often balk at the mere suggestion of being called to personal holiness.  Oftentimes, this is wrapped up in a misplaced and false humility, that kind of humility that says that since I’m good for nothing, and so there is no way I… Continue reading Monday of the First Week of Lent

The Solemnity of All Saints

Today’s readings Today, the Church militant – which is all of us – rejoice with the Church triumphant – which is all the Saints in heaven – because of the great glory of God. This glory they can already see; we hope to see it one day. And we will see it if, please God,… Continue reading The Solemnity of All Saints

Monday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. People often balk at the mere suggestion of being called to personal holiness.  Oftentimes, this is wrapped up in a kind of misplaced and false humility; that kind of humility that says that I’m no good; there is no way I can even… Continue reading Monday of the First Week of Lent

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The Solemnity of All Saints (Evening Masses)

Today’s readings I think we all bristle, mistakenly, 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… Continue reading The Solemnity of All Saints (Evening Masses)

The Solemnity of All Saints (Morning Mass)

Today’s readings Today, the Church militant – which is all of us – rejoice with the Church triumphant – which is all the Saints in heaven – because of the great glory of God. This glory they can already see; we hope to see it one day. And we will see it if, please God,… Continue reading The Solemnity of All Saints (Morning Mass)

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Today’s readings One of the great snapshots of Christmas for me has always been the manger scene. These beautiful figurines give us a glimpse as to what God is doing at the Incarnation of Christ – an amazing moment in time! The centerpiece of the manger, of course, is the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary… Continue reading The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

All Saints & All Souls

Readings: All Saints | All Souls “Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” “The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no… Continue reading All Saints & All Souls

Monday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s gospel has Jesus taking the Scribes and Pharisees to task for forgetting what is really holy, and treating things as sacred while ignoring God who is holiness itself.  Apparently, they thought that swearing an oath by the gold of the temple was more binding than an oath simply sworn on the temple… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time