Driving the Good News

A few weeks ago I pondered some images for what some of the distortions of the Good News look like for many adult Catholics–including those who are the special love of the New Evangelization, those who have lost a living…

Epiphany

Readings for Sunday, Jan 8, the Feast of the Epiphany Up until now, all has been quite humble. A donkey-ride to a dusty town south of Jerusalem. Hotel rooms all booked up. Giving birth in a stable and laying the…

The Gifts of the Magi

This year, as the feast of Epiphany approaches, I have been reflecting on how the journey of the Magi and our own personal journeys are much alike. Of course, we are not all kings, or learned scholars, but we are…

Are You Making an Effort?

When I was a child, Christmas meant decorations inside the house and lights strung outside on the eaves and bushes, gifts under the tree, and Midnight Mass.  The centerpiece on Christmas Day was the dining room table, which was set…

Would You Like To Know That Your Prayers Will Be Answered?

  Do you find it hard to get God to listen to your prayers and to answer them? What if I could show you a way that God will answer a good chunk of your prayers virtually all of the…

God’s Significant Extremes

Well, the holidays are just barely off the radar and it’s probably time for you to answer this question:  How comfortable were you in the middle of the milieu of family, gifts, celebrations?  Did you get a lot of “stuff”…

A reason, a season, a lifetime

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (Jn 15:13) I love the saying, “People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.” As the Christmas season gives way…

Catholic Pop Culture

As I have for the last two years I shall recall any good things from the popular culture that are harmonious or helpful to Catholic culture. There were many things past year and many things coming up in 2016 that…

Mary, Mother of God

Readings for Sunday, Jan 1 the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God The mother of the messiah has been called many things in the last 2000 years –the Virgin Mary, Our Lady, the Blessed Mother.  But call her “the…

The Holy Family

Readings for the Feast of the Holy Family The Passion of the Christ was the most intense movie I’ve ever seen. But there was a moment of comic relief, a flashback to a young Jesus in the back yard, building…