March 5, 2021
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A Most Pressing Duty

The last few Sundays, the Lord has been challenging us in quite demanding ways. He has forced us to toss aside our righteous agenda, to stop relying on presumed privileges and hard-earned merits and to embrace his ways. We might still be smarting...

All of Us

If we wanted to point to an important historical figure who had a love/hate relationship with the Catholic Church, Napoleon Bonaparte would be a good choice. At the height of his power, one of his generals asked him when he had been happiest, and he...

God Has a Purpose for Each of Us

I have always enjoyed the sport of fishing. I think I was born with a fishing pole in my hand. Imagine that you have gone fishing on a picture perfect summer’s day. The weather is warm. There’s not a cloud in the sky. And you are standing on the...

Sorting Things Out

In elementary school, I remember the way teachers would sort large groups of students into smaller ones. Whether they were sorting by grade or class, each of us came to know one thing. When we walked through the school doors, we were fair game for—...

An Extraordinary Mission

Four months after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Lieutenant Colonel James “Jimmy” Doolittle was given an extraordinary mission. The mission, known as the Doolittle Raid, was carried out on April 18, 1942. It...

Send Me

An appropriate title for our reflection on the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time could be: How God’s Word works in us. With Saint Paul, I could say: I am reminding you, my brothers and sisters of this Christian Community, of the gospel I preached to...

A Mission that is Uniquely Ours

I remember my first psychology class in college. On one occasion, our instructor started the class by saying, “By the time an individual reaches six months of age, their adult personality is already formed.” That statement shocked me, and the...

God’s Message is Ever New

We know that the traditional names of the three wise men were Caspar, Balthasar, and Melchior.  There’s a legend that they were three different ages:  Caspar was a very young man, Balthasar was middle-aged, and Melchior was very old.  Supposedly...