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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

One of our parish deacons is preaching this weekend so I have not prepared a homily for this Sunday (22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B). Even when I am not preaching I still like to spend some time in prayerful reflection on the readings. I encourage all of you to spend some prayerful time […]

The Resurgence of COVID

I have not written much on the Coronavirus in recent months (You can see past articles by clicking here). There are two reasons for this. The first is that I didn’t have anything new to say about it. The second is that the number of new cases was way down. It seemed we had turned […]

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year BJoshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18bPsalm 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21 (9a)Ephesians 5:21-32John 6:60-69August 22, 2021 Today we come to the conclusion of Jesus’ Bread of Life Discourse. Many people had been there when Jesus fed the multitude with just five barley loaves and two fishes.  Then, they heard Jesus preach. Now, […]

Our Relationship With God

Earlier this week I wrote an article, “Is Faith a Matter of Opinion?”, based on F.X. Cronin’s book, The World According to God (Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press. 2020). That article reflected on the first fifty pages. Today I would like to jump ahead to discuss our relationship with God based on what Cronin wrote. Atheists […]

Is Faith a Matter of Opinion?

Is what one chooses to believe merely a matter of personal preference? Does God exist? These are two of the key questions F.X. Cronin discusses in his new book, The World According to God (Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press. 2020). Cronin starts by discussing his conversion to Catholicism. “Even some of the Catholics I knew […]

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Homily

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin MaryRevelation 11:19a, 12:1-6a, 10abPsalm 45:10, 11, 12, 16 (10bc)1 Corinthians 15:20-27Luke 1:39-56August 15, 2021 Normally we would be celebrating the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time of Year B today.  Instead, we are celebrating the Assumption of Mary, one of the solemnities on our church calendar. Every saint has a […]

More on Leadership

As I continue in my new assignment, I continue to reflect on what it means to be a good leader. (What I offer today overlaps with some of what I have written before on leadership.) A good leader does not seek leadership. A good leader accepts leadership only to do God’s will. In Exodus 3:11, […]

The Food We Need

On this 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time of Year B, we hear of the time when Elijah was on a journey and “prayed for death.” This comes shortly after Elijah defeated the 450 prophets of Baal (See 1 Kings 18). Following that, Jezebel, the wife of King Ahaz, plotted to kill Elijah for defeating them […]

What’s in the News

One of the things I like to write about here is current events in the news. At times I have also considered starting a discussion group about current events. I believe it is important to reflect on what is going on in the world in light of our faith. As we pray in “Eucharistic Prayer […]

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year BPsalm 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54 (24b)Ephesians 4:17, 20-24John 6:24-35August 1, 2021 “The whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron.” Why? Because they had no food. Now, we need food to eat.  That is the reality of our human bodies.  However, in their grumbling they seem to have forgotten […]