31s Week of Ordinary Time

It is hard to believe, but here we are at the end of October. In just a few short weeks we will begin Advent and the beginning of the new Liturgical year as we prepare for Christmas. The month of November is about to begin, and that is the month we pray for the poor souls in purgatory. Here we have the beautiful and profound story of Zacchaeus the tax collector.
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Tuesday, 22nd Week of OT

First homily to seminarians and formators… To be a priest of Jesus Christ. That is why we are all here. Each of us has heard that unique call of our Lord in our lives to leave everything to follow him. This is a truly awesome thing! To be prophet, priest, and King, and to share in the redemptive work of Christ for our souls and the souls of those we encounter.
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We must be always vigilant, awaiting the day when we will be called from this life to meet our Lord to be judged. This Gospel reading is from Matthew 24 (42-51), which is full of such warnings. It’s a good idea to read this chapter to get a good sense of the importance of doing what our Lord tells us today: “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come” (Matthew 24:42).
We are fighting a spiritual battle. The devil wants nothing more than to drag us into the pits of hell, and he will begin that by making us forgetful of the call of our Lord. He will do it slowly, of course.
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Saint Barnard of Clairvoux

Today we celebrate a great doctor of the Church, Saint Bernard of Clairvoux. He is called the “last of the Fathers of the Church” because in the 12th century he brought to the forefront the teachings of the Fathers of the Church. He was born in 1090 in France. By the time he was 25, he was sent to found a new abbey in Clairvoux. There he established a monastery he called for a sober and measured life, and recommended the support of the poor.
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Saint John Eudes

Today is the feast of Saint John Eudes who was a priest who lived in the 1600s in Normandy, France. Two years after his ordination to the priesthood, a plague struck and he cared for many of the sick. In order to prevent his co workers from becoming infected he slept in the middle of a field. He administered the sacraments and buried the dead. He founded a religious order to help former prostitutes reform their lives and lead lives of penance and prayer. These became known as the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. He founded the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, a group of priests dedicated to parish missions and education of priests. Read More

The Wedding Feast

This is my homily for Thursday, week 20 of Ordinary Time. Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
Imagine if you received an invitation like the one in the gospel. An invitation of enjoying time away from the daily grind, a chance to visit with many people of great importance, and simply the joy of the celebration. The Queen of England invites you to attend an evening with Olympic athletes, heads of state, and your favorite celebrity. All expenses paid. You’d probably want to drop everything and attend! To react any other way seems absurd.  Read More

A Nun, a Deacon, and a Priest Walk into a public library. 

Yet another day begins at Cresson. After morning mass and a few hours in the office, an adventure to Altoona Public Library took place. Some people were in need of having their fingers printed, and the library has the facilities to do this. So after having missed the turn, we pulled into the library. It turns out we turned the wrong way in a uni-directional lot. Then we heard police sirens.
In we walked to the library, and I am sure the librarians will never forget this day…
Fingerprinting was never so much fun! Afterwards we were treated to Olive Graden for lunch. Miriam (pictured in striped shirt) turned to the lady on the elevator with us: “I’m keeping an eye on these three for a while. Would you maybe have a few hours free? You could help me out!” 

Just another day…