Archive | February 2013

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I’ve been to the mountain

The Second Sunday of Lent Jesus takes Peter, James and John to a mountaintop and there they have ~ well ~ a “peak” experience extraordinaire.  For the full text of the day’s Mass readings go to the link provided here.  When you are ready to return to this blog page, click on the little arrow […]

The Fidelity of Jesus

The First Sunday of Lent ~The Fidelity of Jesus (All the Scripture texts for this Mass can be found at the link that follows.  After you’ve looked at this site,  to get back to this page,  at the top Left corner of your computer screen look for the tiny arrow ( <) pointing left. Click on […]

Love transforms us

Dear Friends, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! We’ve been talking about St. Paul’s Ode to Love (1 Corinthians 13) ~ the awesome love that transforms. But many of us don’t know how to love in a way that transforms because we’re more interested in getting love than giving it. So, let’s think about that for a moment. Many young folks in […]

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust

Dear Friends, Ash Wednesday is upon us once again. Easter is early this year ~ March 31st. So, you may ask ~ what’s this Ashes thing” We Catholics like symbols.  (So does Harry Potter.) What are ashes about? What can they tell us about life? And death?  And reality? When the priest smears ashes on […]


Dear Sisters and Brothers, Well, this week the Big Easy and Rio have one thing in common — one huge party.  And what is so interesting its very Catholic.  It’s a time to let your hair down before the strike of midnight Ash Wednesday when we  when Catholics used to abstain from meat during  the […]

In Honor of Women Everywhere

Today, I want to honor women around the world who have been treated wrongfully.  On this St. Valentine’s Day, there’s a world-wide call to join in a Dance to call attention to the violence against women.  The movement is “One Billion Rising.” The abuse of women came to my attention this past year.  First, in […]

Love is kind

Dear Friends and Lovers everywhere, “Love is patient, love is kind.” We’re in a series of reflections based on St. Paul’s Ode to Love (I Cor. 13) This is also about transforming America. You’ve seen the bumper sticker that says, “Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” We would transform America inside […]

Ode to Love

Editor’s Note: Over the next 10 days, you’ll be exposed to a pot-pourri  of themes.  First, I’ll do a series on St. Paul’s famous Ode to Love.  But connected to that, a group has selected Valentine’s Day to draw attention to violence against women world-wide, so I will be incorporating that as well.  But to complicate things […]