The Jesus I know and love

Take up your cross and follow me!

The Fifth Sunday of Lent 2018 We are one week away from Holy Week. May we prepare to celebrate the mysteries with profound reverence and love. “The hour has come” Jesus says, “for the Son of Man to be glorified.” “I solemnly assure you,  unless a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, […]

The Cleansing of the Temple ~ Cleanse us too, O Lord!

The Third Sunday of Lent March 4, 2018 Once again, I rely heavily on our Scripture scholar-friend William Barclay for his insights for today’s reflections. First of all, he notes that John after the wedding feast at Cana of Galilee, at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, he and his friends returned for a short visit […]

Have you been to the mountain?

The Second Sunday of Lent ~ February 25, 2018 Jesus takes Peter, James and John to a mountaintop and there they have ~ well ~ a “peak” experience extraordinaire.  I’d like to begin once again with some notes from Scripture scholar William Barclay. He says that tradition has it that this event took place on Mount […]

The Fidelity of Jesus ~ May we be faithful too!

The First Sunday of Lent ~The Fidelity of Jesus ~ February 18, 2018 This is a story about fidelity in the face of temptation. This is a story about the Jesus I know and love. Before I get into my own thoughts on this important opening story in the life of our Lord, I’d like to […]

The Jesus I know and love ~ And I want You to know him too!

Thursday after Ash Wednesday, February 16, 2018 Dear Sisters and Brothers, In the first reading, Moses says: “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse.  Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the Lord, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him” (Deuteronomy 30:15-20). […]

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust ~ Can we rise again?

Ash Wednesday 2018 Dear Friends, Ash Wednesday is upon us once again. Easter is early this year ~ Sunday April 1st. So, you may ask ~ what are ashes all about? We Catholics like symbols.  (So does Harry Potter.) What can they tell us about life? And death?  And reality? When the priest smears ashes […]

St. Paul: A Vessel of Love filled with fire ~ What fills You with fire?

January 25th, 2018 ~ The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle Paul was an amazing man. He was small of stature; he refused to depend on charity–thus, he worked as a tentmaker wherever he went.  After he was severely beaten, he was in constant pain, but went on and on and on, […]