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From an End to a Beginning

Well, the change has finally taken place. Yesterday, June 29th, with the help of some good friends (a big thank you to them), we loaded my stuff into our vehicles at St. Luke the Evangelist Parish and left there about 9:30 am. At 11:00 am we arrived at St. Mary’s of the Lake in Watkins […]

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year BWisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13 (2a)2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15Mark 5:21-43June 27, 2021 Why are we here today? Taking the question literally, we are here to celebrate Mass.  Going a little deeper, what is the point of celebrating Mass?  The first and primary point of […]

The USCCB and the Eucharist

You may have heard in the news that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB – www.usccb.org) voted last week at its annual June meeting to approve the writing of a document on the Eucharist. If you have been reading about in the secular news, you may have the impression that the sole purpose […]

Seven Days…

As I write this, I am just seven and a half days from moving from my current assignment as the Parochial Vicar at St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in western Livingston County to St. Mary’s of the Lake in Watkins Glen and St. Benedict’s in Odessa where I will serve as the Parochial Administrator. St. […]

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year BJob 38:1, 8-11Psalm 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31 (1b)2 Corinthians 5:14-17Mark 4:35-41June 20, 2021 “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” This is the question the disciples ask Jesus.  They are in a boat when “A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat so […]

Charles de Foucauld’s Prayer of Abandonment

In the Lord’s Prayer we pray “thy will be done.” We say it but do we mean it? Are we willing to completely set aside our own will to completely abandon ourselves to God’s Will? I would like to use Charles de Foucauld’s “Prayer of Abandonment” to reflect on our willingness to abandon ourselves to […]

It’s Not Always Easy

Jesus tells us to love our neighbor. It seems like this should be easy but it is not without its difficulties. In loving and caring for others, we make ourselves vulnerable to feeling pain. It might be from sharing their pain. There is good in sharing their pain. Here I think of the Fifth Station […]

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year BEzekiel 17:22-24Psalm 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16 (2a)2 Corinthians 5:6-10Mark 4:26-34June 13, 2021 We returned to Ordinary Time right after Pentecost.  However, for the last two Sundays we celebrated two Solemnities, The Most Holy Trinity and the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. So, today is our first Sunday with […]

What is a Missionary Disciple?

Recently, I have been using Fr. James Mallon’s new book, Divine Renovation Beyond the Parish (Frederick, MD: The Word Among Us Press. 2020) for reflection both on change and leadership. Today, I offer my final article using this book. In this book, Fr. Mallon focuses on what the church needs to be doing both on […]

I Hope to be a Good Leader

Those who have been reading my recent articles on change know that I recently read Fr. James Mallon’s new book, Divine Renovation Beyond the Parish (Frederick, MD: The Word Among Us Press. 2020). Today, I would like to use some thoughts from his book to reflect on leadership. Being a good leader is not always […]