Provoked

It’s been a while now, actually a lot of years.  I have been “casting my eyes” on the daily readings of the Church for about forty years or so.  Because of that I have been encouraged to do things, empowered…

Pre-Evangelization and Liturgy. Yes.

Does it matter that liturgy is something bigger than us? Something God gives, not something we make or create? In his 2010 post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Verbum Domini, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI emphasized the relationship between human history and Christianity: “The…

Loaf of Bread

Divine Providence is God Giving Anonymously

In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches us to ask God the Father to “give us this day our daily bread”. By “daily bread”, Jesus means the things we need each day to live. But what does it look like when…

Madonna of Humility, Fra Angelico

The Ladder to Heaven

St. Maximilian Kolbe said of our Blessed Mother, “What a marvelous ladder for climbing to Him… And it is the very same whereby He came down to us!” (Roman Conferences, IV) According to the saint, she is a ladder for…

In Honor of our Blessed Mother

May is the month traditionally set aside for us to honor the Blessed Mother.  The Blessed Mother is not only Jesus’ mother; she is ours as well.  In John’s Gospel, as Jesus is dying on the cross, he turns to…

A Very Special type of Mom

We can learn to better our Faith from Special Needs Mothers. How so? They believe without seeing. Let’s start with Mom’s in general. How important is a Mom? Is it any surprise that Jesus performed His first miracle based on…

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…