PASTOR'S CORNER

BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND

Bob Dylan’s classic song asks nine questions.  I want to focus on the last of them:  “How many deaths will it take til [we know] that too many people have died?” First and foremost, please read the entirety of Fr Bryan Massingale’s essay on racism and white...

RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT

Listen carefully to the Gospel:  the Holy Spirit is conveyed from Jesus to the Apostles (yes, they are formally “Apostles” now because Jesus has sent them) when the Lord breathes on them.  Imagine the terror you would have if today I said I wanted to breathe...

LIFE IS SHORT; ETERNITY IS LONG

This is the final cry of John Henry Newman in his An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, his intellectual justification for becoming a Roman Catholic.  The essay is long (like eternity!)—well over 400 pages in the paperback edition I have.  It is...

PROTOCOL

          How many of you are ready to return to Our Savior for Mass??!!  No—don’t put up your hands.  I think I can guess!  I wish it were just that simple.  After long deliberation, it’s the judgment...

THANKING GOD FOR MOTHERS

Every year on Mother’s Day weekend I offer the special invocation from our Book of Blessings for Mothers.  The three petitions include for our Mothers alive, for those who have buried a child, and for those who have died and gone before us.  In this time of...

LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY

But what is “life more abundantly”?  The easy answer is eternal happiness in heaven, but that’s not an answer that regards us here and now.  Is there some other kind of taste we could be enjoying, beforehand?...

FREEDOM

This weekend is a curious one for many reasons, and it has application, I think, to our lives today. Yes, the 25th is my 70th birthday!  This is scary in and of itself.  But it’s not that important to what I’d like to share with you.  It is also the...

HAVE MERCY ON ME, A SINNER

As this Sunday is “Divine Mercy Sunday,” let me offer some very random thoughts and quotes that reflect the meaning of this day. I begin with the source(s) of the title for this essay:  Luke 18:13.  This is the parable of the Pharisee and the...

DO NOT BE AFRAID…

…for I know that you seek Jesus.”  These are the words of the angel to the women that early first Easter morning.  “He is not here, for He has been raised…Come, see the place where He was laid…” No message can possibly have been more confusing, more...

LONG-DISTANCE PRAYING, PART II

Let me go back in time a bit.  We were at the end of our priests’ retreat in 2005 (held then at Spring Hill College), when I got a message that my Mom was taken to hospital with shortness of breath.  I was concerned but not panicky at that point. ...