Summer is a great time. It feels relaxed and there is a certain freedom. I remember this from even when I was working. We recently celebrated the Fourth of July and we have a lot of feast days of some great saints during this time of year as well. On July 4, 1925, the birthday of our country, another event was happening in Italy in Turin. Thousands of sick, poor, and unknown flocked to the mansion of the young man who had visited them and cared for them, and this gathering was a complete shock to his parents who were at best agnostic in their belief of God. These people had heard of his death and wanted to pay their respects. They came in such droves that the police had to shut down the streets. Read More
“He resolutely journeyed to Jerusalem”…Our Lord is not a hippie or a whimp. No, he was not simply some guy who encourages us to just simply float through life being nice He is perfect God and perfect man.
Our Lord is absolutely determined to go to Jerusalem, where He knows He will suffer and die in order to save us from our sins and eternal death. Nothing and nobody is able to stop Him, not even the rejection of the Samaritans. How troubling that must have been…to be traveling through the desert, and the mountains, and to not even have a place to rest. They come near a place, a Samaritan town, and they are refused entry. Not even this deters our Lord! How important it is to us to have a place we call our own, our home. Yet even this was denied our Lord and His apostles, but he continues His mission. Read More
Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win.Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one.-1 Corinthians 9:24-25
Jesus says “By their fruits you will know them”. Our Lord expects our lives to be shaped by our faith in Him. Our daily activities have to put our faith into practice. The small things of daily life do in fact matter because that is where our Lord comes to meet us. We do not simply say we are Catholic and then refuse to live up to the Church’s teachings on moral issues. There cannot be a dichotomy in what we say and what we do. When our faith begins to inform our daily lives, we will begin to grow more aware of the areas in our lives that we need to reform, and by being faithful in little things, we will be given the grace to overcome greater difficulties. Read More
Today is the Feast of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga. I am assigned to the Church under his patronage, so this is a special day here. I was privileged to preach at the morning Mass.
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Here is the text of my homily. May Saint Aloysius pray for us!
The day after I was ordained a transitional Deacon, I was at my youngest brother’s college graduation. The graduation speaker was droning on and on. At one point, as she was introducing her talk, she made a comment which struck me as representative of many today. She said “there is no path to happiness” but that we should “see the world and travel”. Now I have a serious bone to pick with this comment…because it is the lie that we hear constantly. We must find ourselves, but happiness can only be found when we are “free”, free from commitment, free from worries, free from suffering. I would further say I think this idea is one of the temptations that Satan entices us with today. Yes, happiness is related to freedom, but the freedom which brings happiness is not the freedom of license. Read More
On Sunday, June 12, I took part in a walking pilgrimage organized by the Sister Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (As an aside, this is a very faithful order of sisters with a Franciscan charism, prayer, reparation, and apostolate. They are a great order to consider if you are a woman discerning religious life.)
This was the first Sunday I spent in Cresson at my parish assignment for the parishes of Saint Francis Xavier and Saint Aloysius. Read More