The Work of the People

This Labor Day weekend we can reflect on and give thanks for “the work of human hands,” to borrow a phrase from the liturgy. In fact, the word liturgy comes from two ancient words that mean “the work of the people.” Consider the works of the many people that are needed to make the liturgy Read More

Dancing through the Narrow Gate

Peace and all Good! When we hear Jesus say today that we must enter heaven through the narrow door, what do we think of? Isn’t it true that when we hear this, we automatically think of penance, sacrifice, and maybe even putting ourselves down? And yes, it is true that we must take up our Read More

Christ is the Center

In the Letter to the Hebrews, we are reminded that Christ himself had to suffer, enduring even the shame of the cross. We are urged to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as we run our own race and to let go of sin, which weighs us down. Jesus endured opposition from those who did Read More

Spirituality and Action

Have you ever been to “Martha’s” home? You are treated with kindness and hospitality. The best china, delicious desserts come out. But all the while your friend is busy in the kitchen and you never really get to visit. You wish that he or she would sit down with you? Have you ever been to Read More

Renew the Face of the Earth

With this beautiful Solemnity of Pentecost, we draw our 50‐day celebration of Easter to a close! One of the most familiar and remarkable texts for this Sunday is the reading from the Acts of the Apostles. This passage recounts the great gathering of people who were speaking in their native languages about “the mighty acts Read More

A Beautiful Holy City

Peace and all Good! The Book of Revelation today gives us a beautiful vision of a holy city “coming down out of heaven adorned as a bride for her husband.” (Rev. 21:2) What would such a holy city be like? We often think of cities as nasty places where wealth and poverty live side by Read More

Sacramental Life

The first reading for this Third Sunday of Easter comes to us from the Acts of the Apostles. When the high priest accused the disciples of disobeying the Temple orders, Peter and the apostles volley back with stinging words of reproach and testimony. They are not going to stop preaching the message of Jesus. We Read More

“Truly, today we celebrate Divine Mercy”

Peace and all Good! Today is the Second of Easter and also established by St. John Paul II as Divine Mercy Sunday. In the readings for today’s Mass, fear is contrasted with confidence. John’s confidence comes from his encounter with the Risen Jesus in today’s Gospel. This encounter carried the greeting, “Peace be with you.” Read More

“Christ is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!”

It was a morning of extreme urgency. Mary Magdalene ventured out and found the open empty tomb. The angels, the Gardener‐Lord, will come later in the morning. Mary sees an empty tomb and rushes to tell the others. She used the words “has been taken,” implying the tomb has been robbed. Peter hits the ground Read More

Now It Begins!

Now it begins! The holiest and most sacred time of the year as we gather to remember all that Christ Jesus has accomplished and what it means to us. We begin today a week which is called “holy” and rightly so. We gather in churches throughout the world to enter into the passion, death and Read More

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