The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

Today’s readings What we are celebrating in today’s feast is the fact that prison bars cannot silence truth. John the Baptist was not asked to renounce his faith; indeed Herod was probably very interested in John’s faith and may have even asked him about it on occasion. Not that he wanted to convert, mind you,… Continue reading The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

Today’s readings What we are celebrating in today’s feast is the fact that prison bars cannot silence truth. John the Baptist was not asked to renounce his faith; indeed Herod was probably very interested in John’s faith and may have even asked him about it on occasion. Not that he wanted to convert, mind you,… Continue reading The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

Saint Justin, Martyr

Today’s readings The greatest men and women who have ever lived have followed the example of our Lord Jesus Christ in that they have been willing to give their lives for the truth, for what they believed in, for what is right. In our first reading, Tobit risks his life in order to give a… Continue reading Saint Justin, Martyr

Saint Andrew Dŭng-Lạc, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs

Today’s readings St. Andrew Dŭng-Lạc was a priest in Vietnam in the early nineteenth century. He and his 116 companions, including Spanish Dominicans, members of the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris, and 96 Vietnamese, including 36 other priests, were all martyred around the year 1839. It is estimated that between 100,000 and 300,000 Catholics… Continue reading Saint Andrew Dŭng-Lạc, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs

Monday of the Third Week of Easter

Today’s readings So they drag Saint Stephen before the Sanhedrin, and make all sorts of false claims against him.  Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?  We heard a story just like this during Holy Week!  In fact, Stephen is in good company.  He is brought to the same place where his Lord Jesus, and later Peter and… Continue reading Monday of the Third Week of Easter

Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

Today we celebrate the feast day of Saint Agnes, a virgin and martyr of the Church.  She is thought to have lived and died in the third century, but little is really known of her life.  She is mentioned in the first Eucharistic Prayer in the list of saints: “Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia, and all the… Continue reading Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

Ss. Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf and Companions, Martyrs

Today’s readings Mass for the school children. When I was your age, I used to like watching movies about the “wild west,” and playing cowboys and Indians.  It was fun to think about our history in those days and to re-enact what we thought it must have been like.  But the truth is, the history… Continue reading Ss. Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf and Companions, Martyrs

Monday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Right at the end of today’s first reading is one of the most chilling lines in all of Scripture: “and they did die.”  The people’s faith was sorely tested: would they give in and worship the false gods of the people around them so that they could have some kind of peace and… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s first reading has one of the most chilling lines in all of Scripture: “and they did die.”  Their faith was sorely tested: would they give in and worship the false gods of the people around them so that they could have some kind of peace and security, or would they prefer to… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

St. Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf and Companions, Martyrs

Today’s readings St. Isaac and St. John were among eight missionaries who worked among the Huron and Iroquois Indians in the New World in the seventeenth century. They were devoted to their work and were accomplishing many conversions. The conversions, though, were not welcomed by the tribes, and eventually St. Isaac was captured and imprisoned… Continue reading St. Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf and Companions, Martyrs