July 9, 2020
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Can You Love Jesus Above All Else?

The readings for the 13th Sunday this year are especially challenging. The Gospel beginning in Matthew Chapter 10:37 is, I believe, one of the most difficult teachings of Jesus.   Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. And...

Reflections on Christ’s Eucharistic Love

During the month of June we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, widely known as Corpus Christi. In the words of Pope Francis, pronounced during his homily at the Church of...

Awaiting the Love after Lockdown

As more Catholics resume physical attendance at Mass in areas where governors and bishops have issued policies easing COVID-19 lockdown rules, pastors and parish ministers around the country will carry many concerns with them when they open their...

If You Love Me

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (Jn 14:15)   Jesus has drawn a line in the sand. You will show your love for Him by keeping his commandments. Since Jesus is both fully human and fully divine, that means that to show our love...

The Ultimate Ethnic Joke

We’ve all heard enough ethnic jokes to know that they can be hurtful because they are usually based on stereotypes—that is, on overgeneralized, often derogatory, and even scurrilous characterizations of entire groups of people. But in the year 2000...

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...

The Dives Syndrome

One day in New York City, a man was walking in a park when he heard the sound of music. Looking around, he saw two young men, one playing an accordion and the other a violin. The man was enchanted by their lively music, and stopped to listen, as did...

There Is Nothing More Blessed Than This

The longest-serving Pope in the Church’s almost 2000-year history was Pius IX, who reigned for almost 32 years, from 1846-1878. It was he who solemnly defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception: namely, that Mary was conceived in her mother’s...