Origins of Divine Mercy Sunday We have been celebrating Divine Mercy for nine weeks now, and have reached its conclusion on this Divine Mercy Sunday. However, Divine Mercy Sunday is a relatively new celebration. The origin of the image of Divine Mercy came to us through a Saint. Saint Faustina Kowalska was born in Poland … Continue reading Some Notes from Deacon Tim
There is something about this image of Our Lady that I really enjoy. The painting comes from the late 19th century by an artist named Henry Tanner; it is in the artistic style of realism. I don’t understand different artistic styles, but to me, it depicts what the Annunciation could have looked like. First I … Continue reading The Annunciation, and Art.
On Friday, March 8th, I began planning my priestly ordination which is scheduled for May 25th. In anticipation of this important event in my life, I would like to share with you some things that relate to my own discernment and how I decided that God was calling me to the priesthood. This week I … Continue reading Mary and my Discernment
As a part of my bulletin article for the weekend, I wrote on the importance of penance during Lent. I will post that article here and expand on it myself over these last few days before we begin Lent. Lent is finally here can you believe it! As we all know soon, we will … Continue reading The Three Pillars of Lent Part 1
Happy New Year! No, I’m not a month early today is the liturgical new year for the Church. The Church follows the liturgical calendar and the new year moves around depending when the first Sunday of Advent is. This year it falls on December 2nd, so in the evening of December 1st, it will be … Continue reading The sights sounds and meaning of Advent.
In this weekend’s Gospel we will hear the following: “In those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. “And then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in the clouds’ … Continue reading The End Times
This coming Tuesday we celebrate the memorial of St. Frances Cabrini, she is the founder of Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She was born in Italy but came to the United States in the late 19th century and did ministry throughout the country. She eventually became a naturalized citizen of the USA, … Continue reading St. Frances Xavier Cabrini the First American Saint
The Widow’s Mite This weekend we hear about a poor widow who came and put two small coins into the treasury and how her small contribution was worth more than the wealthy who put a large sum in the same treasury. The coin she put it was recognized as the lowest value currency in circulation … Continue reading The Widows Mite
This past weekend I was on vacation with my family in North Carolina. We stayed in the Mountains of North Carolina near Ashville. One day we wanted to travel up the blue ridge parkway. A scenic route that is over 450 miles long covering North Carolina and Virginia. We went up to a visitor center … Continue reading A reflection in the Mountains
In this weekend’s Gospel, we hear from Jesus: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Jesus is using this striking hyperbole to show the necessity of grace for us to enter into salvation. You may have heard … Continue reading The Eye of the Needle?