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The Devout Life – Prayer

This is the third article in my series based on my reading of the Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis De Sales. The first article was “What Does It Mean to be Devout?” followed by “Purification in the Devout Life.” This article is based on my reading of Part 2 of the Introduction […]

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CSirach 35:12-14, 16-18Psalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23 (7a)2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18Luke 18:9-14October 23, 2022 Once again Jesus tells a parable, this time “to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else.”  One would hope none of us would in this category but since it is […]

Spending Time Away

As I write this, I am almost done with some time off.  When I write “time off” I suspect the word “vacation” probably comes to mind for many of you.  What is the purpose of a vacation?  When I think of “vacation”, I think of time spent travelling for fun or maybe getting a project […]

Be Persistent in Prayer

It is necessary for us “to pray always without become weary.” Today Jesus tells a parable of a woman who persists in her request. She is awaiting a decision from a judge. The judge, “who neither feared God nor respected any human being“, was in no hurry to make his decision. She did not give […]

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C2 Kings 5:14-17Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4 (see 2b)2 Timothy 2:8-13Luke 17:11-19October 9, 2022 Naaman was a great soldier, serving as commander in his king’s army.  He was also a leper.  He had sought a cure in many ways.  Unable to obtain a cure, he learned of the prophet Elisha […]

New Video Presentation – “Praying the Rosary From the Heart”

Last night I offered a new presentation, Praying the Rosary From the Heart. Here is a short description of the presentation: The Rosary is a sacramental we use in prayer.  We memorize the prayers but do we think about what the words mean?  Do we know why we pray the Rosary?  Do you know the […]

Lord, Teach Us How to Pray

Last Sunday, we heard of Abraham’s hospitality to the Lord. At that point, Abraham did not know it was the Lord. Now (17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C) the Lord says to Abraham, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great, and their sin so grave…” The Lord will destroy Sodom and Gomorrah […]

New Upcoming Webinar – Praying the Rosary From the Heart

After 3 1/2 months without doing a webinar/presentation, I am happy to announce that I have scheduled a webinar for Thursday, August 25th, at 6:30 pm. called “Praying the Rosary From the Heart.” Here is a description of what I will be covering: The Rosary is a sacramental we use in prayer. We memorize the […]

Overcoming Anger with Prayer

As I continue my series of articles offering some reflections based on my reading of Judith Valente’s book, How to Live: What the Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning, and Community (Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing. 2018) (See my previous articles, “Being Spiritual in the World Today” and “Striving to be Disciples of Christ.”), I […]

What Do We Want to be Different in 2022?

Last week I wrote an article about new year’s resolutions (“A New Beginning”). Today I will share some thoughts about what we might be looking forward to in 2022. I think the thing most obvious thing that we would all like is for the Coronavirus pandemic to be over. We have long since grown wearing […]