The Word is Life

The Kingdom of Mercy

Here is a link to today's readings. The Solemnity of Christ the King also marks the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. So how did we do? Let’s take a look back at Pope Francis’ bull Misericordiae Vultus (“The Face...

Cozy Catholicism

Here is a link to today's readings. The election is finally over! So many people have echoed this sentiment of relief recently. It was a bitter election after all, a divisive and vitriolic campaign. Even the aftermath isn’t pretty. Some people...

Death and Taxes (or Elections)

Here is a link to today’s readings. The theme of this week’s readings is the resurrection of the dead. It is quite apropos for a Sunday that falls between All Souls Day and Election Day. We all know the terrible pain of...

It’s Time to Take off the Masks

Here is a link to today's readings. Hallowe'en seems like the perfect time to talk about masks. Many of us take great joy in seeing the little ones dressed in their costumes for parties, parades, and trick-or-treating. Even some of us...

God is Not a Candy Machine!

Here is a link to today’s readings. Have you ever visited a church and come across a particular genre of prayer, the unfailing prayer? I’m guessing you have. These prayers promise you will be answered if you pray according to an...

We Are Not Christian Without This Prayer

Here is a link to today’s readings. There is nothing more natural than praying for those we love, especially when they are in need, when they are sick or sorrowful, when they are hurting, anxious, or lost. We turn to God,...

Gratitude is Much More than a Thank You

Here is a link to today’s readings. There were technical difficulties getting this blog posted, which is why it was not up last weekend. I appreciate your patience. Reader alert: This blog mentions a suicide attempt. Although it is not the...

Praying in and for a Dark World

Here is a link to today’s readings. Some days you just want to give up and run away. As I’m typing this, my mood and morale are hovering just above zero. My early morning college class bombed, I’m coming down with...

Stop Being Indifferent!

Here is a link to today’s readings. Jesus came to comfort the disturbed and to disturb the comfortable. Have you heard this common saying before? It captures succinctly the message of the readings this weekend. If we are living in comfort...

Enough is a Banquet

Here is a link to today’s readings. In my one-bedroom apartment, there are three closets and all of them are full. One of them is entirely filled with sweatshirts and sweaters of various weights, colors, and styles. The apartment used to...