The Word is Life

Entering Under the Roof of Our God Who is Love

Here is a link to the readings for this weekend. Recently, I met a young Irishman and a young Englishman who are in the United States on an exchange program to coach soccer to our country’s youth. I always enjoy welcoming...

The Word of life made visible

St. Augustine (354-430) was born in Roman North Africa to a Catholic mother and a pagan father. Baptized in 386 by St. Ambrose of Milan, he became a monk, then a priest, and then bishop of Hippo. His many writings...

They Were All in One Place Together

Here is a link to the readings for this weekend. Pentecost is the feast of unity. It is both historical, as, for example, when the Holy Spirit brought unity of understanding that transcended verbal confusion. It is also eschatological, portending the...

The Center is Love – My Vocation is Love!

Here is a link to the readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter. Here is a link to the readings for Ascension Sunday (or Thursday in some places). When my mother was born, my grandmother was singing, “You are my sunshine.” That’s...

Trust in Christ’s mercy

At age twenty, Polish born Helena Kowalska (1905- 1938) entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, became Sr. Maria Faustina, and devoted her life to the message of God’s mercy. She recorded her spiritual experiences with...

Our Life, Our Sweetness, and Our Hope

Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. With May crownings, rosary devotions, and liturgical celebrations, the month of May focuses our attention on Mary, the Theotόkos, the Mother of God. To reflect on Mary, though, is at once to reflect...

Confirmed in the Spirit

Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. On Friday, I was honored to be the sponsor for my goddaughter Kelsey's Confirmation. She took the name Michael, after St. Michael the Archangel, protector of police. We do have more than a...

Vocations: The Power of the Powerless

Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. Today is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, a day chosen because it is also Good Shepherd Sunday. In the first reading, Peter mentions “a good deed done to a cripple.” This...

Running Without Fear

Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. Tomorrow is Marathon Monday in Boston. I’m not a marathon runner, nor do I aspire to be. When I was in high school I learned about Pheidippides, the runner who announced “Nike!” (that...

Would They Recognize Us?

Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. Whenever today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles is proclaimed at Mass, I can’t help wondering whether the early followers of The Way would recognize today’s Christians. Let’s take an inventory. “The community...