July 25, 2021

Some time ago during a conference, the speaker shared with us words of Pope John Paul II, that the elderly are the “guardians of shared memory.” In a world where many of the elderly are cast aside and lose their sense of purpose, their vocation is to share their wisdom, advice, and guidance with the younger generation.  The elderly are able to discover God’s providence and mercy as they reminisce and help the younger generation to do the same.  In… Read more

July 22, 2021

I finally had a chance to read carefully the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes issued by Pope Francis on the use of the Roman Liturgy prior to the reform of 1970.  There have been very strong responses from those Catholics who enjoy the Extraordinary Form of the liturgy according to the allowances made by Pope Benedict almost twelve years ago.  Here are my thoughts on the Motu Proprio. The purpose of the document is abundantly clear: ecclesial communion.  It is important… Read more

July 19, 2021

While in the Seminary, right before classes began, we started the year with a silent retreat.  From Sunday evening to Friday morning, we were in absolute silence.  There would be talks, sometimes during meals a spiritual text would be read out loud, there was daily Mass, and a chance to speak with a spiritual director.   I would go on walks on the property, and sometimes if the gate to the retreat center was open, I’d go into the forest nearby… Read more

July 13, 2021

Jesús caminó por las orillas del mar de Galilea e invitó a jóvenes pescadores a seguirlo. Se acercó a la mesa de recaudadores de impuestos y llamó a Mateo para que fuera su discípulo. Jesús vio a Zaqueo trepado en una higuera y se invitó él mismo a cenar a la casa de Zaqueo. Se encontró con una mujer samaritana en el pozo del pueblo durante la hora más calurosa del día y por medio de una larga conversación, le… Read more

July 11, 2021

Imagine God creating the universe.  Darkness, a void, with the Spirit of God hovering over nothingness.  Out of that darkness, He spoke the universe into existence… it was not by chance, it was not random, but rather full of meaning and with precise order. “Blessed be the God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world,” wrote Saint Paul to the Ephesians. These words of Saint Paul are magnificent. … Read more

July 7, 2021

On the first day of school, I oftentimes opened my brand-new math textbook to the very last chapter.  I enjoyed the thrill of looking at unfamiliar and seemingly extremely difficult math problems that posed questions I did not comprehend, and used figures I could not grasp.  As the year drew to a close, it was extremely rewarding to study the last chapter and understand its lessons.  After many months of study under a competent teacher, and learning one lesson at… Read more

July 6, 2021

Nine years ago, also on the 14th Sunday of Ordinary time, I began a new parish assignment at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Augusta.  I was excited because after many years of college and seminary, I was going to live at home… just twenty minutes from my mother.  As I prepared for my first Sunday homily back home, where I would be preaching to many people who knew me ever since I was a child, I got a strong dose… Read more

June 1, 2021

Jesus walked the shores of the Sea of Galilee and invited young fishermen to follow him.  He went to the tax collector’s booth and called Matthew to be a disciple.  Jesus noticed Zaccheaus perched on a sycamore tree and invited himself to Zaccheaus’ house for dinner.  He met the Samaritan woman at the well during the hottest hour of the day and through an extended conversation, changed the woman’s life.  A quick survey of the Gospels rapidly illustrates that Jesus… Read more

May 25, 2021

Yesterday, the Diocese of La Crosse, led by Bishop William Callahan, released a statement on the recent request made by the Bishop to Father James Altman to resign as Pastor of Saint James the Less Parish. In my previous post, I mistakenly stated that Father Altman had already resigned.  I listened to the whole homily, and wrongly concluded he had resigned in response to the request.  It has now become abundantly clear that he has not resigned and will fight… Read more

May 23, 2021

Father James Altman of the Diocese of La Crosse, who was raised to the national spotlight last year for releasing a video titled “You cannot be a Catholic and a Democrat”, has been asked by his Bishop to resign as Pastor of Saint James the Less Catholic Church in La Crosse.  He announced this during his Sunday homily on May 23, 2021. His Pentecost homily includes a blasting of bishops for having denied the sacraments during the past 15 months…. Read more

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