September 2018

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Stop, listen, and see a new reality

We have so many ways of judging people—by wealth, education, religion, gender, appearance. I’ve caught myself being surprised by a word of wisdom where I least expected it and in doing so recognize my own prejudices. Today’s readings caution us about...

Praying for Those Affected by Hurricane Florence

[caption id="attachment_19668" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Photo credit: iStock.com/Sergio Lacueva[/caption]   Hurricane Florence was the third hurricane and the first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. Florence made landfall the morning of Friday, September 14, near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, as a...

There is more to the story!

Come away with me to Saint Peter’s Square. Look up and see the statue of Saint Peter dominating the whole place. Walk around the Basilica and try to count the references to Saint Peter. Bend low in the caves and...

Learn God’s “Heart” Language

Today we are offered two very different visions of right living before God. One is to blindly follow the letter of the law; the other is to follow its heart. It is tempting in daily life to hold others to...

Responding to the Sexual Abuse Crisis, August 24, 2018

The past month has been a difficult and sad one for the Church in America and for all Catholics. With the resignation from the College of Cardinals Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report, our Church...

Hear Jesus with Your Heart

Human beings are made for relationship; we long to be connected to someone. A young mother who had been adopted in infancy shared with me her experience of motherhood. She said that she finally felt biologically connected to someone. Even...

The Lord is With Us Always

St. John Chrysostom (347-407) was trained as an orator, lived for a time with hermits, and then became a priest and archbishop of Constantinople. He wrote scriptural commentaries, treatises, and many letters. But his real talent shines through in his homilies,...

The Miracle Must Continue Through Us!

Here is a link to the readings for this weekend. The multiplication of the loaves and fish in today’s gospel is a central part of Jesus’ teaching on the Bread of Life. When Jesus asks Philip how the people will be...

Look to the Good Shepherd as Your Guide

Here is a link to the readings for this weekend. As Jeremiah reminds us, not all leaders have their people’s best interests at heart. Too often, the ones who long to control others seize positions of leadership. They care nothing for...

Be willing to live the gospel

Here is a link to the readings for this weekend. Summer fills our senses with sights, smells and sounds that are particular to the season. We hear many sounds, but we really listen only to some, to those that mean something...