10 Commandments in the Modern World Part VIII: Don’t Bear False Witness

“Do Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbor.” The most basic reformulation of this principle is “Don’t lie.” Most of us understand this idea as something that was instilled in us as soon as we could talk. We are taught…

Are You Refilling the Well?

We recently heard the Gospel about Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. When Jesus asks for a drink of water, she tells him that the well is deep, and she points out that Jesus doesn’t even have a…

As a Catholic, Do You Sometimes Feel Like You’re in the Minority, a Stranger to Those Around You and this Country?

 Well, it’s because you are, if you are really trying to live the gift of faith Jesus gave us in our Catholic Church. That’s what brilliant Catholic leader, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, has laid out for us in his…

Called Out

This Lent our parish theme was: “After meeting Jesus what will you do?”  In that tiny sentence is a question that could probably take a lifetime to answer.  By the fifth Sunday of Lent, however, this question was poking at…

A Classic by Fr. Jacques Philippe: Time for God

Time for God by Fr. Jacques Philippe is about mental prayer. Facing God in solitude and silence for a time, to enter into intimate, loving communication with him. I read this as a participant in a group study initiated by…

Seeking Bread and Seeking God

Today’s Gospel reading ends with a convicting line from Jesus: the work of God is believing in His Son (Jn 6:29). If I’m to do the work of God (and I want to in my life, right?) it’s not cleaning…

Fighting Reality

If what they have planned and done is of human origin, it will disappear, but if it comes from God, you cannot possibly defeat them. You could find yourselves fighting against God! (Acts 5: 38b-39) Ever find yourself fighting against…

St. John the Evangelist

St. John the Evangelist can certainly be classified as one of the first Christian evangelists. St. John is given many titles, the Beloved, the Apostle, the son of thunder, of Patmos, the Presbyter. It is argued that he had so…

Divine Mercy Monday

It’s no wonder that devotion to Divine Mercy continues to grow in popularity. After all, who wouldn’t be attracted to a Jesus who is depicted as “love and mercy itself”? Let’s face it, hearing that there is no one and…

10 Commandments in the Modern World Part VII: Don’t Steal

Don’t take what’s not yours. This is a principle that most of us learn in kindergarten. And for the most part, I would imagine that many of us are not law breakers who engage in theft. So what does this…