As a part of my preparation for the priesthood I am doing the 33 days to morning glory. In the third week the author, Fr. Michael Gaitley, quoted a letter St. Therese of Calcutta, or Mother Theresa, wrote to her sisters after being inspired by St. John Paul II. She focused on the words from … Continue reading I thirst
Every Friday morning I pray with Psalm 51 the psalm we just heard recited at Mass this morning. What I particularly enjoy about the psalms is that they can and do relate to our lives. When we pray the Psalms we are not only reading words from a page. However we are coming in … Continue reading The Psalms and our Lives
Jesus asked his disciples today "who do people say that I am?" followed by a more direct question of "But who do you say that I am?" Depending on which version of the story we know that Peter responds with faith in Jesus as God and as Messiah or the Christ. We can pose the … Continue reading How Do we Approach God in Prayer?
In this mornings Mass, we hear a letter to two Churches again in present-day Turkey. First John writes to the Church in Sardis. What we know about this Church is that it was a great city, that of wealth and well being. There was a present Church in that city, but John's challenge to the … Continue reading Churches in Sardis and Laodicea
In our daily Mass readings we begin to hear from the book of Revelation. We all know Revelation is an Apocalypse, which simply means uncovering. We typically think of Apocalypse as the end of the world, as great destruction, the coming of Christ, the Judgement and other things but Revelation has some elements that may … Continue reading Revelation Apocalypse or Series of Letters
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 is an important feast for Deacons, one of the earliest known Deacons of the Church and a saint who is mentioned in the Roman Canon (Eucharistic Prayer I). One aspect of his story really sticks out to me; after the Martyrdom of Pope Saint Sixtus II, the prefect of the city demanded that Lawrence … Continue reading St. Lawrence Deacon and Martyr