Today is the feast day of St. John XXIII. For us in the Diocese of Baton Rouge he is a important figure for a couple of reasons. First and most well known he called Vatican II, but for us in Baton Rouge he also founded our diocese in the early 60s. When he was elected … Continue reading Sometimes, God surprises us!
In today's Gospel, we hear Jesus telling a man who he called to follow him that he can't go back and bury his father. There is speculation on why Jesus said this, was this man's father really dead, could his father had just been spiritually dead, we just don't know. I think of my own … Continue reading Jesus moritorium on Funerals?
I have an attraction to the spirituality of St. Ignatius, the central aspect of his spirituality is the first principle and foundation, quoted below. Man is created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord, and by this means to save his soul. And the other things on the face of the earth are created … Continue reading St. Matthew the Tax Collector and St. Ignatius
This morning we heard an interesting Gospel of how these little children asked people to do things but they didn't do it. What I'm reminded of is Tolkien (yes Lord of the Rings made my homily!) and how he focused on the small characters, making them key players in the story. For example, the hobbits … Continue reading The small ways God speaks to us
Today we celebrate the great feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross. It is actually one of my favorite feasts of the year. I believe it was the first time I was scheduled to serve at St. Joseph Seminary. I was assigned as thurifer, and I was really nervous. So much so that I … Continue reading Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross
This morning we hear about the busy day of Jesus, he begins by healing Simon's mother in law, then he heals many people who came to him and cast out demons. But then it says that he went to a deserted place, but the people continued to look for him when he left. Our lives … Continue reading Times of Silence in our busy lives
Today's gospel is a well known one, the laborers all getting the same wage despite the fact that some worked 9 hours and others only worked 1 hour. Putting aside any possible economic lessons for this Gospel I suggest that Jesus may be teaching us to be grateful for the gifts we are given and … Continue reading Be grateful for God’s gifts