PASTOR'S CORNER

OPENING UP

Here at Our Savior, we have placed a priority on safety--for parishioners and for me.  This priority has made things much more difficult for folks.  We were limited at first 100% to live-streamed Masses; gradually, we added Morning Prayer after weekday Mass...

BE WELL, DO GOOD WORK, AND KEEP IN TOUCH

For some time Garrison Keillor would do a brief spot on NPR called “The Writer’s Almanac.”  He would share dates and times of special events in the past relating to authors of one kind or another, and he would end with a poetic recitation.”  He always signed...

GENERATIONS OF FAITH

By now, most folks know that the Archdiocese of Mobile is in the midst of a massive fund-raising campaign called “Generations of Faith.”  I want to offer as much detail as I can about the campaign, its goals and purposes, its time-frame, and Our Savior’s part in...

I MUST DOWN TO THE SEAS AGAIN

“I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking, And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.“...

MAKING ASSUMPTIONS

This weekend is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother into eternal joy, body and soul.  Let’s unpack (at least a bit) this incredible, glorious mystery.           Point #1—yes, Mary did die, but her...

COVID—THE LAST WORD FROM ME

As a pastor I am in the midst of quite an assemblage of mixed reviews for the policy and practices Our Savior has been enforcing (I use the word advisedly), based on the instructions of our Chancery Office (relatively unmodified since they first came out) and the...

LEARNING TO LISTEN/DISCERN

This is a recap of the homily I preached this past Tuesday morning; I based it on the lament of the prophet Jeremiah (14:17-22).  Much of it is actually also used as one of the canticles from the Old Testament for Morning Prayer in the Breviary.  And I offer...

OHL: IN MEMORIAM

In early December of 1991, I received a call to anoint someone.  It was my first year as a priest, an associate at St Ignatius.  So I drove out to Mobile Infirmary, and I found Harry Wolcott there, suffering from pneumonia.  He was actually in...

IN NEED OF MERCY, YET CHOSEN

This Wednesday we will celebrate St Mary Magdalene (originally this day was an Obligatory Memorial, but Pope Francis elevated it to the level of Feast).  Who is she, and why would Pope Francis have such regard for her?  I think in part it’s because her life...

LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY

          Francophiles especially know that 14 July is Bastille Day, traditionally the beginning of the French Revolution with its motto (above).  Its symbolic meaning is like our Fourth of July, or (more obscurely)...