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Before Respect Life Month Ends

October is Respect Life Month. Life is a precious gift from God. Life must be cherished from the moment it begins at conception and continues until it ends naturally and at every point in between. Today is October 31st, the last day of the month. As I reflected this weekend on possible ideas for this […]

You Matter to God

At times we may feel like no one is listening, that no one cares about us. We might feel like we do not matter. We feel small and insignificant. How can little old me matter to God. After all, “Before the LORD the whole universe is as a grain from a balance or a drop […]

Second Video Presentation in series “Being Church in Today’s World”

Last night I presented Part II in my new series of presentations, Being Church in Today’s World. The video recording and slides are available at . If you watch the video in the next couple of days, you can complete an online evaluation at You can register for Part III at . Please feel free to share this information […]

Some Saints to Consider

While I was on retreat last week two things happened that led me to think about some of the saints who inspire me. The first was that we celebrated the feastdays of some of them. Secondly, as I was reading St. Francis De Sales’ Introduction to the Devout Life, there was a section where he discussed […]

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 […]

The Faith Comes Alive

October 9th is the feastday of Cardinal John Henry Newman. This year it fell on a Sunday. Sundays take precedence over the feastdays of saints (unless it is a solemnity). So, his feast was not celebrated this year. However, I when I realized it was his feastday, it made me think about how strong the […]

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 […]

Sacred Scripture and Tradition

I recently read Mark Shea’s By What Authority? An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition Revised and Expanded Edition (San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2013). Shea began his Christian life in the Evangelical Church. This book tells his story of moving from sola scriptura (from the Bible only) to his embracing of Sacred Tradition in the Catholic Church. […]