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

Saturday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings So, there’s our mission statement for Lent: “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  Our righteousness needs to exceed that of everyone else, or we will be missing out on the kingdom of God. So how far do we go with that?  Love our enemies?  Pray for those who persecute us?  I… Continue reading Saturday of the First Week of Lent

Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Fall is one of those times when we really notice creation.  Leaves are changing, the air is getting cooler, the hours of sunlight are rapidly diminishing.  It makes us grateful for the bits of life that we still see, because we know that the winter is coming and we will be groaning in eager anticipation… Continue reading Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, abbot and doctor of the Church

Today’s readings Learning to follow the path of perfection is the most important goal of the spiritual life.  How do we get our relationship with God right so that we can live with him forever in heaven?  That was certainly the goal of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, whose feast we celebrate today. In the year… Continue reading Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, abbot and doctor of the Church

Monday of the Second Week of Lent

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel reading is one that gives me pause, to say the least.  The whole notion of the measure that we use will be the measure that God uses to measure  is more than a little a little scary. Think about it: how often do we fail to give people a break? How… Continue reading Monday of the Second Week of Lent

Tuesday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel is one that’s certainly very familiar to us.  But if we’re honest, every time we hear it, it must give us a little bit of uneasiness, right?  Because, yes, it is very easy to love those who love us, to do good to those who do good to us, to greet… Continue reading Tuesday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today's readings [display_podcast] We have been reading the last several days from the very challenging portion of Matthew’s Gospel in which we hear Jesus use the formula: “You have heard it said … but I say to you…” Basically, in all of these instructions, Jesus is taking the old Jewish law and cranking it up… Continue reading Monday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time