Spiritual Life

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…)

Thoughts of the Church Fathers on John 6

The Gospel for this Sunday (18th Week of Ordinary Time, B) is John 6:24-35.

I was reading Saint Thomas Aquinas’ Cantena Aurea (The Golden Chain) which contains commentary of the Church Fathers on passages from the Gospel.

At verses 26 and 27, I saw two comments which seemed very relevant to today and once again an examination of conscience to those in Holy Orders:

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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…)