Prayer

Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary time

Recently I preached on the scandals that have caused searing pain in the Church. Not many people in the parish had spoken to me directly about the scandal, which worried me, because I knew that people were simmering. I asked around a bit and I could tell that people were upset. There was discontent, but perhaps they were afraid to tell their priest their fears and concerns. So to the people of my parish I spoke.

As a note, please see the image above this post. The parish of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Patton, PA is going to offer a Mass of Reparation and a penitential procession on September 24. It will be a beautiful and prayerful time to offer the Holy Sacrifice to atone for the sins of the clergy that we have heard about in the news recently and to pray for the victims.

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True Bread from Heaven

According to the National Institutes of Health, Americans spend $37 billion on dietary supplements a year. According to the Boston Medical Center, Americans spend $33 billion on weight loss products. I think it’s safe to say we are pretty concerned with what it is we are putting into our bodies. That’s not a bad thing—God gave us our bodies and we need to do our best to try to take care of them.

Today in the readings we hear about bread from heaven that gives true life, that sustains us on our journey. (more…)

St Aloysius Gonzaga

I was asked to preach the feast day Mass for St Aloysius Church in Cresson, PA:

After silencing the Sadduccees, (cf. Mt 22:34-39) the Pharisees step up to test our Lord. They ask about the greatest commandment, and he points out that the entirety of our lives must hinge upon two relationships: love for God and love for neighbor. (more…)

Ten-Day Devotion to the Holy Spirit

From the feast of the Ascension to Pentecost, the Church recalls the days the Apostles spent in prayer awaiting the promised coming of the Holy Spirit. Christian custom urges us to pray also in a special way these days for the gift of the Holy Spirit. We can pray for strength, to know ourselves better, or for a particular petition. In any case, we all need the gifts that the Holy Spirit promises! (more…)