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We hope that these reflections will help you grow in your spiritual life and deepen your relationship with the Word, our Lord Jesus Christ. All comments and feedback are appreciated and most welcome.

  • 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......

  • Our Prophetic Mission

    Here is a link to the readings for this weekend. I admire prophets when they challenge other people to change their attitudes and ways in face of a threatening reality. But when they invite me to see and live in......

  • Jesus’ Transforming Touch

    Here is a link to the readings for this weekend. Most of us can’t imagine circumstances that would prohibit us from entering our parish church. But a Jewish woman of Jesus’ time who was menstruating was prohibited by Jewish law......

  • Christ Is Our Mystical Bridge

    St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), a mystic and tertiary of the Dominican Order, was canonized in 1461 and proclaimed a doctor of the Church in 1970. Her Dialogue, dictated during a state of ecstasy, teaches through a conversation between God......

  • Simple acts help grow God’s kingdom

    Here is a link to the readings for this weekend. If a small farmer in Puerto Rico wants a fence that will last, a strong limb from a roble tree will do the job. The branch, once placed in......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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 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......

  • 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......

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