May 11, 2019

I attended my daughter’s middle school Spring band concert this weekend and was impressed with the performance, especially the Beatles selection.  I don’t know much about music, but I do know that in order to produce a harmonious sound, each member of the band must follow their music and play their notes properly and in harmony for the piece to be successful.  If one or more members is off key the music will sound noisy and discordant. Each instrument makes… Read more

May 8, 2019

Humility is a virtue that is often not appreciated in our culture today.  The spirit of intense competition and self-promotion that is common today is contrary to the practice of humility, and often hinders Christians who are seeking to deepen their spiritual lives and are trying to live the gospel values. I recently attended a retreat on the subject of the Spiritual Childhood of St. Therese directed by Fr. David Wilton of the Fathers of Mercy, who defined humility as… Read more

May 6, 2019

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May 5, 2019

Jesus said that there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed. In this age of #metoo, the scourge of sexual assault and violence has begun to come to light, but the full extent of the damage has probably yet to be discovered.  Survivors of sexual trauma are left picking up the pieces of their shattered lives, sometimes with inadequate support.  Some are fortunate enough to have family and friends who support them in their healing, but many others don’t… Read more

May 1, 2019

As Christians, in life we are often like Peter and the other disciples in John’s gospel who went fishing in the Sea of Tiberias and came up with empty nets all night.  Try as we might, sometimes when we put out to sea we end up with only fish tales when return to shore.  This happens when we make plans and efforts on our own without entrusting the mission to God and following his lead and direction, and when we… Read more

April 30, 2019

As we enter the month of May, it is fitting to reflect on the mother of the Son of God and our mother, Mary.  Gazing on her image, we can observe the feminine power and majestic traits that devotees of the Blessed Virgin come to know in her: strength, grace, loving protection.  She stands solid yet gentle; regal yet humble, arms outstretched in a solicitous welcome to all of her children who implore her assistance, looking down on the inhabitants… Read more

April 26, 2019

The world was shocked and saddened by the Easter Sunday bombing of three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka which killed over 250 people, and we continue to pray for the country, for those affected, and for peace in our world.  However, we remember the words of our Holy Father Pope Francis in his Easter Vigil homily as he urged the world not to despair or give in to discouragement, but now to seek the Risen, rather than the… Read more

April 25, 2019

Abortion is one of the greatest tragedies of our time, for all involved: the unborn, the women who become victims to the abortion industry, and for individuals who become involved and employed by abortion providers.  This fact is poignantly revealed in the movie Unplanned, the story of Abby Johnson, who herself had two abortions and worked as a Planned Parenthood clinic director.  After witnessing an ultrasound-guided abortion firsthand, Abby has a complete change of heart and becomes one of the… Read more

April 23, 2019

In the gospels of Easter Sunday and of the days following, we hear of Mary Magdalene’s discovery of the empty tomb and her role as messenger to the disciples. “On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb.  So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciples whom Jesus loved, and told them, ‘They… Read more

April 20, 2019

Alleluia!  He is Risen!  The Easter season has arrived.  We have journeyed out of the harshness of Winter and Lent and into the newness of Spring and the Resurrection. He has saved us from our sins and ourselves.  We rejoice and bask in the warmth of His glorious Resurrection! See, I am doing something new The completion of the Triduum ushers in the beginning of the Easter season, where we experience a joy and freshness, a celebration of the new life… Read more

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