The Word is Life

Be Not Afraid: Light and Peace in a Troubled World

Here is a link to this weekend's readings. There is so much going on this weekend. A new president has been inaugurated. Protests of his presidency, especially marches for women’s rights, have swelled across the nation and on all seven continents....

Finest of the Finest: Forgiveness in the Heart the NYPD

Here is a link to this weekend's readings. [caption id="attachment_18241" align="alignright" width="373"] Timothy Cardinal Dolan Archbishop of New York greets NYPD Det. Steven McDonald and his son NYPD Det. Conor McDonald in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral on Saint Patrick's Day...

Peace and the Unity of All Christians

Here is a link to today's readings. [caption id="attachment_18189" align="alignleft" width="300"] Westminster Abbey, London[/caption] I wonder if you have a story similar to this: when my parents went on their honeymoon, they traveled to London, but they didn’t visit Westminster Abbey because...

Christmas: The Call and Response of Love

Here is a link to the various readings for Christmas. Christmas carols help us to remember the most important thing about Christmas: God entered into human history to save us from sin. In almost every song, we are called to rejoice...

Mary, Star of the Sea

Here is a link to this week's readings. Advent is always a reminder of things past, present, and future. We look back to the promises God made to Israel, fulfilled so marvelously at the birth of Christ: "The virgin shall conceive,...

Fear Not! I Bring You Good News

Here is a link to today’s readings. Rejoice! It is the third Sunday of Advent: Gaudete Sunday. The liturgical color switches from purple to rose, as we focus not on the pain of waiting but on the joy of expectation. We...

Tragedy and Advent Hope

Here is a link to today's readings. I can’t stop thinking about the news from November 28th that LaMia flight 2933 crashed in Colombia, killing 71 people and leaving only 6 survivors. The flight was transporting the Brazilian soccer team, Chapecoense,...

Beating Swords into Ploughshares

Here is a link to today's readings. “It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there” are words from a song by Bob Dylan that capture the beginning of Advent.  As we enter into longer, dark nights in the northern hemisphere, Advent...