Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

Today’s readings I’m going to say something that is probably going to make you think I’m wrong. And that is that the great sin of the rich man was not the sin of neglecting poor Lazarus. Sure, that was certainly bad, but his greatest sin, I think, was that he trusted in himself instead of… Continue reading Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

The Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted. We know about, or at least have heard about the deadly sins.  These are those sins that drag us down into further sin, and really work to cut us off from the relationship with Christ that… Continue reading The Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We have a pretty late Lent this year.  Ash Wednesday is not until March 1st.  What is really nice about that is that it gives us a little more ordinary time in the winter, which we often don’t get.  Sometimes we rush from Christmas to Ash Wednesday and barely get to breathe.  So… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You’ve heard of the deadly sins. They are those sins that can really get at us time and time again in our lives and turn us away from God. They are things like lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath and envy. But for each of those deadly sins, there is also a life-giving virtue.… Continue reading The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time: Reining In Our Pride

Today’s readings Pride is, perhaps, the most insidious of the sins with which we have to deal. And I say “we” because yes, we all have to deal with it at some level at some point in our lives. Pride keeps us from seeing that we’re headed down the wrong path. Pride also keeps us… Continue reading Monday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time: Reining In Our Pride

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent: Letting Go of Passing Things

Today’s readings I’m going to say something that is probably going to make you think I’m wrong. And that is that the great sin of the rich man was not the sin of neglecting poor Lazarus. Sure, that was certainly bad, but his greatest sin, I think, was that he trusted in himself instead of… Continue reading Thursday of the Second Week of Lent: Letting Go of Passing Things

Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent

Today’s readings I like food, maybe a little too much! And I like to watch television shows about food. So a while back, I was watching one of my favorite Food Network shows, “Chopped.” If you’ve never seen the show, this is how it works: they start with four chefs, and they give them a… Continue reading Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent

Thursday of the First Week of Advent

Today’s readings One of the most difficult sins is to think we don’t need God: that’s the sin of pride. It’s a difficult sin because when we shut God out of the picture, we cut off any possibility of reconciliation. This kind of thing is what Isaiah is warning against in today’s first reading. Israel,… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Advent

Friday of the Twenty-sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings (Mass for the school children.) Today I want to talk to you about one of the most important virtues in the life of a person who follows Jesus. And that virtue is humility. Humility is the antidote to the sin of pride, which is one of the most devastating sins there is. When we… Continue reading Friday of the Twenty-sixth Week of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings For each of the deadly sins, there is also a life-giving virtue.  Today, our readings focus on humility, which is the life-giving virtue that is the antidote to pride.  Of the seven deadly sins, pride is usually considered the original and the most serious of the sins.  Pride was the sin that caused… Continue reading The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time