Thursday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings When I was little, I often remember my grandmother saying “thank God for small favors!” Now that’s a holy and pious thought, and I’ll have you know my grandmother was certainly holy and pious. But when she said it, it was usually because someone had just done the least they could possibly do,… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Thanksgiving Day

Today’s readings: Isaiah 63:7-9 | Psalm 113 | Colossians 3:12-17 | Luke 10:17-24 Back in seminary, during the last summer before I was ordained a priest, I did my Clinical Pastoral Education at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.  It’s a level one trauma center, so it’s a busy place with a lot of, well,… Continue reading Thanksgiving Day

Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Loose lips sink ships.”  That’s a saying that I learned somewhere in my early elementary school life.  I don’t think I fully understood what it meant at the time – all I appreciated was that it told me to keep my mouth shut.  But as I’ve lived and matured, I know very well… Continue reading Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Thanksgiving Day: People of Eucharist

Today’s readings Several years ago now, my sister emailed me pictures of a storybook that my niece, Molly, wrote for a second grade school project.  It was a story about an unnamed boy and girl – but we might as well name them, because it was clear to me that the girl was the author… Continue reading Thanksgiving Day: People of Eucharist

Thanksgiving Day: People of Eucharist

Today’s readings Just yesterday, MaryAnn Fenton shared with me a letter she received from one of our Food Pantry clients. We had gone beyond food and helped her pay her rent this month because she was in a particularly bad spot. Just hearing her story brought tears to my eyes and it wasn’t a real… Continue reading Thanksgiving Day: People of Eucharist

Thursday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings When I was little, I often remember my grandmother saying “thank God for small favors!” Now that’s a holy and pious thought, and I’ll have you know my grandmother was certainly holy and pious. But when she said it, it was usually because someone had just done the least they could possibly do,… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Thanksgiving Day

Today’s readings: Isaiah 63:7-9; Psalm 145; Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 17:11-19 Lately, I have had to take a step back and look at how blessed I am. Being the only priest assigned to this parish, things can get a little hectic. I can get caught up in all the stuff I have to do administratively, I… Continue reading Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving

Today’s readings A couple of years ago, my sister emailed me pictures of a storybook that my niece, Molly, wrote for a second grade school project.  It was a story about an unnamed boy and girl – but we might as well name them, because it was clear to me that the girl was the… Continue reading Thanksgiving

Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

“Loose lips sink ships.” That’s a saying that I learned somewhere in my early elementary school life. I don’t think I fully understood what it meant at the time – all I appreciated was that it told me to keep my mouth shut. But as I’ve lived and matured, I know very well that frivolous… Continue reading Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

Readings: 1 Kings 8:55-61; Ephesians 1:3-14; Luke 17:11-19 Earlier this week, my sister emailed me pictures of a storybook that my niece, Molly, wrote for a second grade school project.  It was a story about an unnamed boy and girl – who were certainly the author and her older brother Danny!  The boy and the… Continue reading Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service