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…)
Today on the Novus Ordo Calendar the Church celebrated the Memorial of Saint John Vianney, the Cure D’ Ars (1962 Calendar is August 8). This is a remarkable Saint, a zealous priest, and the Patron Saint of priests. (more…)
We hear in the Gospel today (16th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B) how the Apostles return to our Lord. They are sharing with Him all they have done: the healings they performed in His name, the devils they cast out, the souls they brought to God. Yet they are tired from all this hard apostolic work. (more…)
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…)
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…)