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The Gift of Hope

In the past I have written about the importance of following the news to know what is going on in the world. I have also written about how the news can be discouraging (see the articles under the category “In the News” on my blog).. At times, I look to the news for inspiration for […]

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CSirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29Psalm 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11 (see 11b)Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24aLuke 14:1, 7-14August 28, 2022 “Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees.”  We are told that some of the people were “observing him carefully.”  Hopefully, some of them were observing him to learn […]

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 […]

The Heart of Christianity

We have Ten Commandments. It isn’t easy to follow all ten. Sometimes we struggle with just one. Imagine what it would be like to follow 613 commandments. Why 613? Because that is how many the Jews were taught in the Old Testament. Where does one begin? In Matthew 22:34-40, Jesus is asked “which commandment of […]

Will Only a Few People be Saved?

Someone asked Jesus, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” What we all really want to know is how hard is it to be saved? Will my family and friends be saved? Will I will saved? Speaking through the prophet Isaiah, the Lord tells us that He comes to “gather nations of every language.” […]

Musings

While it is summer, I have been busy with the various activities that go with normal parish life. I have also been busy preparing for my presentation next week, Praying the Rosary From the Heart, on Thursday, August 25th, available via webinar at 6:30 pm (If you haven’t already registered, you can still register at […]

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CJeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10Psalm 40:2, 3, 4, 18 (4)Hebrews 12:1-4Luke 12:49-53August 14, 2022 Jeremiah served as a prophet of the Lord.  How were the prophecies he delivered received?  Today we hear the princes say, “Jeremiah ought to be put to death.”  Why?  Did he say something wrong? They say, “he […]

Who’s in Control: Your Anger or You?

How is your anger?  Would others describe you as short-tempered or as having a short-fuse?  Do you feel like you struggle with having enough patience?  You are not alone.  Dr. Ray Guarendi (known as Dr. Ray on radio and tv) writes about anger in his new book, Living Calm:  Mastering Anger & Frustration (Irondale, AL:  […]

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

It is no secret that we live in a world with suffering and challenges. We may feel like we are being put to the test in our sufferings. We may fear some of the challenges we face in the world. In today’s gospel, “Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not be afraid any longer, little […]

Jeremiah Today

Some people see the Bible as outdated. It is not. It is God’s Word and it is a living word, still relevant to us today. In recent days the first reading at daily Mass has been from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah was called to serve as a prophet of the Lord just […]