On this most solemn day of the Triduum the sun rises. The crowds gather around the courts and the elected officials. The rumors from the night before have reached the far corners of the city. All are anxious to see what will become of the Messiah; He who entered Jerusalem a few days ago to … Continue reading It is good. Friday.
Watch and Pray
Celebration of the Eucharist concludes Holy Thursday mass. We did it in memory of Him; just as he taught his disciples over two thousand years ago. He gave us another lesson to memorize as well. Once again, God-Made-Man, humbles Himself to wash the feet of His disciples and teaches them, "If I, therefore, the master … Continue reading Watch and Pray
Devotion to St. Joseph
There are numerous reasons to have a devotion to St. Joseph. Among the many patronages associated with him he is considered the Patron of a Happy Death, provider of financial help, the patron of families, laborers, of the sick, of the poor, of travelers, terror of demons and conqueror of Hell, among just a few … Continue reading Devotion to St. Joseph
One of my favorite readings in the Gospel is Jesus' retreat in the desert for 40 days tempted by Satan. In my view, it is always a refreshing way to begin Lent. I've written about it before. Much like Christ, we have just entered the desert of Lent for 40 days. Today we were reminded … Continue reading Rainbow Connection
What Will You Ask For?
"Ask something of Me and I will give it to you" (1 Kgs 3:5). This question God posed to Solomon. It is a question the Lord asks of us every day when we spend time with Him in prayer. Solomon's answer pleased the Lord, "Give thy servant an understanding heart to judge your people and … Continue reading What Will You Ask For?
A Lonely Place Apart
When was the last time you withdrew to a lonely place apart? Jesus does numerous times throughout the four Gospels. One of my favorite passages in Scripture is where we are invited to this experience in the Gospel of St. Matthew, Chapter 14. The first thing revealed to us is a glimpse of Jesus' human … Continue reading A Lonely Place Apart
Doubt or Faith during the Fourth Watch
When all hope is lost during the dark night of the soul, we can call out Lord, Save me. And if we have faith, and do not doubt, we will see light on the horizon.
He went not for a feast. He went to bring mercy.
Even though the Gospel stories are read over and over through the liturgical season every year there are new ways of hearing it that grab our attention. This time my attention was caught on the introduction to a passage from the Gospel of John, Chapter 5. Jesus went to Jerusalem for a feast. I am … Continue reading He went not for a feast. He went to bring mercy.
A Dwelling Place
"Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy mountain?" (Psalm 15:1). The Psalmist tells us the character of such a person -- walks without blame, does what is right, speaks truth from the heart, does not slander, does not harm a friend nor slander their neighbor, disdains the wicked, and … Continue reading A Dwelling Place
The Gospel passages have been concise the last three weeks. There are no elaborate story lines or parables. It is simply the rich wisdom of Jesus. In many respects, it is as though Jesus, after having resurrected and made known his presence, sits down with us informally. You can imagine him sitting in front of you … Continue reading “My Friends,”