Archive | February 2016

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The warning of the barren tree

The Third Sunday of Lent ~ February 28th, 2016 The Barren Fig Tree . . . . But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!” And he told them this parable: “There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when […]

I’ve been to the mountain

The Second Sunday of Lent ~ February 21, 2016 Jesus takes Peter, James and John to a mountaintop and there they have ~ well ~ a “peak” experience extraordinaire.  It’s a great story.  It contrasts with last week’s story of Jesus in the desert being tempted by the devil.  Today Jesus is receiving a wonderful […]

The Fidelity of Jesus

THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT ~ February 14, 2016 This is a story about fidelity in the face of temptation. This is a story about the Jesus I know and love. First of all, let’s think about the scene.  The inhabited part of Judea stood on a central plateau that was the backbone of southern Palestine. […]

The Jesus I know and Love

Dear Friends, I promised you that I’d reflect on the Jesus I know and Love.  This will continue through Sunday’s readings.  These are the readings for the Thursday after Ash Wednesday. In the first reading, Moses says: “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse.  Choose life, then, that you […]

Transforming Love ~ Happy Valentine’s Day!

Dear Friends, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! Valentine’s Day this year coincides with the First Sunday of Lent, February 14th. 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 […]

Ashes to ashes ~ Dust to dust

Dear Friends, 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 the penitent’s forehead he says one of two poignant phrases: REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE DUST AND UNTO DUST YOU SHALL RETURN, or  REPENT AND […]


Dear Friends, 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  Catholics used to abstain from meat during  the six-week Lenten season. […]

Jilted Lovers

Dear Friends, Our society finds it quite acceptable for people to hop into one relationship after another or just satisfy their needs by”hooking up”. How many times have young people thought that this was the person of their dreams and been dumped by a rude text message ~ or done the dumping themselves? How many […]

Ode to Love

Many of us are thinking of our Valentine’s these days — our lovers,  intend-eds, spouses, classmates, mothers . . .  At least Hallmark would have us “send the very best.” So, what is love? I’ve officiated at the marriages of many young couples during my years as a priest who’ve chosen  St. Paul’s Ode to […]