God’s Presence Through Christ

On Epiphany, we celebrate that the child born in the darkness of night in a lowly manger is revealed as the manifestation (the meaning of epiphany) of God. Christ is revealed in many ways: as Lord, as King as the one in whom God is present and acts. All of these manifestations are “lights” that […]

A Source of Light and Hope

We continue our celebration of the Christmas Season with today’s Feast of the Holy Family. This feast day was added to the Church calendar by Pope Leo XIII in 1893. The pope wanted to highlight the importance of the Christian family and to point to the Holy Family as a model of all families to […]

Joy is the Echo of God’s Presence!

We hear St. Paul proclaim today: “Rejoice in the Lord, again I say rejoice!” This Third Sunday of Advent is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday—a rejoicing reflected in the rose vestments of today and the lighting of the rose-colored candle on the advent wreath. The Scriptures as well remind us of the joy which is the […]

Live in such a way…

Peace and all Good! On this Sunday and the next, John the Baptist fills a prominent role in the Gospel. The purpose of John’s entire life was to point the way to the Messiah. Today he tells us: “Make ready the way of the Lord, clear him a straight path.” And on next Sunday he […]

Beyond Everyday History, There is Salvation History

Dear friends, Peace and all Good!  The terrifying words of coming tribulation seem out of place in the season of “Deck the Halls” and Christmas shopping. While all the world is preparing for a family holiday, a big feast, a babe in the manger, the church wants us to prepare for the end of the […]

A Kingdom of Truth and Life

Peace and all Good! With this beautiful Solemnity of Christ the King, we bring our liturgical year to a close.  We honor our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.  However, Christ’s kingdom “is not of this world.”  Jesus does not call himself a “Jewish King”.  His kingship is broader than over one nation, and […]

The End of Times…

As our liturgical year comes to an end, the readings today are focused on the end of times.  Some people are frightened to hear what may happen, but for those who trust and believe in God, it should be a time to rejoice, and to remember our responsorial psalm today: “You are my inheritance, O […]

With a joyful heart…

It would be easy for us to target the modern priest by comparing him to the scribes in today’s Gospel who had a similar role. But when you stop to think about it, none of us can safely point the finger at others on this issue of seeking honors and marks of esteem! We all […]

I started the day with a heavy heart…

It’s Tuesday morning.   I started the day with a heavy heart.  I received yet another complaint about how much we are “spending on the poor” and our parish outreach ministry.  In fact, the unsigned message I received stated that the person is cutting his or her parish donation because I am “wasting [his or her] […]

Going the Way of the Lord – Oct. 28, 2018

Peace and all good! Perhaps we have the experience of being at Mass on Sunday and all of a sudden there is some kind of a disturbance—someone shouting out from the back of the church or walking around for no particular reason. I have heard that the papal Mass at Easter has been interrupted in […]