March 3, 2020
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My Hand-Pocketed Wisdom

From time to time, one of the most beautiful things that occurs in my life is that of cherishing a nice piece of chocolate after a delicious meal. I know, I should not put you into temptation since Lent has now began! But, is there something wrong...

Moments of Grace

St. John Paul II had one of the longest reigns as Pope in Church history; when he was elected in 1978, he became not only the first Pope from Poland, but the first non-Italian Pope in over 450 years. Most experts agree he helped change the course of...

You Will See My Glory

Our opening prayer for the Third Sunday of Advent provides us with insight that something big is coming: “O God, who see how your people faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity, enable us, we pray, to attain the joys of so...

The Best of Two Worlds

One of my favorite books is Between Heaven and Mirth, written by Father James Martin, S. J. Though he seems to have strayed from the strait and narrow path of Orthodoxy in the last few years, Heaven addresses something that has been sorely lacking...

Our Incentive is Joy

Relax.  The orders from Jesus in the Gospel of Luke (6:27-38) are a string of exaggerations designed to shock us. He doesn’t really intend for us to take them literally. We need only be nice and considerate, and civil with most people and everything...

Where is Joy?

Once there was a little boy in church attending Mass with his mother. He was in a happy mood, and he was looking at all the people in the pews around him and smiling at them. He wasn’t doing anything wrong or creating a disturbance of any sort—he...

The Way to Complete Joy

Let me start with a confession: as I prepared this homily, I realized that all three readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter build on last Sunday’s readings by insisting on the vital importance of loving. Very rapidly I became frightened at the...

The Joy of Being “Eucharistic People”

“I am God’s wheat and shall be ground by their teeth so that I may become Christ’s pure bread. Pray to Christ for me that the animals will be the means of making me a sacrificial victim for God. No earthly pleasures, no kingdoms of this...