Trinity Sunday: “My God is not a judge”

June 12, 2022 (first version) Living a better life with God and becoming better at living because of God’s Divine Presence in my life are the purposes to which I dedicate myself as a priest to helping others. This has become very clear to me over the last 10 years as we continue to moveContinue reading Trinity Sunday: “My God is not a judge”

7th Sunday of Easter

May 29, 2022 (This is a draft homily that Fr. Mangini wrote based off the 7th Sunday of Easter readings, which he did before realizing that the Ascension Readings were being used.) The Archbishop of San Francisco who bans the Speaker of the House from receiving Holy Communion and the Speaker of the House proclaimingContinue reading 7th Sunday of Easter

Ascension Sunday

May 29, 2022 (Final version) “He, Jesus, was lifted up and a cloud took him from their sight.”  What did that look like?  Actually, no one can tell us, and all we know are paintings from various imaginations. What we do know is that the presence of Jesus has morphed, has changed into a presenceContinue reading Ascension Sunday

Fifth Sunday of Easter: “Love one another as I have loved you.  This is how all will know that you are my disciples.”

June 15, 2022 You may or may not have noticed that our Church tradition, both in its Sunday Scripture readings as well as weekdays has featured the Acts of the Apostles and the Book of Revelation – during this Easter Season. The Book of Revelation was put together by a very old John, the GospelContinue reading Fifth Sunday of Easter: “Love one another as I have loved you.  This is how all will know that you are my disciples.”

Prayer: A Personal Response to God’s Presence

(A resource from Fr. Richard Mangini) By Father Armand Nigro, SJ 1975 The conviction I want to share with you now is that PRAYER IS A PERSONAL RESPONSE TO GOD’S PRESENCE.  Let me explain this: Either we are more important than God or God is more important than we are.  The answer is obvious.  HeContinue reading “Prayer: A Personal Response to God’s Presence”

Third Sunday of Easter: 

May 1, 2022 When I read the Gospel story last week, I said that it was the conclusion to the Gospel according to John, the original conclusion. Today, we read a second story, like an appendix.  Whoever wrote this story is not clear when it was added.  However, the story is saying: “There is oneContinue reading Third Sunday of Easter: 

Easter Sunday 

April 17, 2022 Let me begin today with a recent travelogue – my last visit to the tomb of Jesus in February.  The very large Church of the Holy Sepulchre covers the places and shrines of the death of Jesus, his being taken down from the cross, the anointing of his dead body and hisContinue reading “Easter Sunday “

Holy Thursday: “Each moment is a new beginning”

April 14, 2022 As I began to reflect about our Holy Thursday mass this evening, I was thinking about my mother who died 19 years ago.  When diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, we were told that she had about a month to live.  So, I decided for the next four weeks to invite family members andContinue reading Holy Thursday: “Each moment is a new beginning”

“Contemplation Highest Form of Prayer, Jesuit Says” 

by Religious News Service (Domestic Service).  Friday, July 11, 1975.  Page 8 DENVER (RNS) — “Contemplation is a form of prayer, probably the highest form of prayer,” according to Father Walter J. Burghardt, SJ recently. The Jesuit scholar from the Catholic University of America where he teaches historical theology and is editor of Theological Studies,Continue reading “Contemplation Highest Form of Prayer, Jesuit Says” 

Second Sunday of Easter: “True faith is more than knowing the answers to someone else’s questions”

April 24, 2022 We should thank Thomas today because he asks questions and he has doubts.  If more Catholics asked questions about their faith and their life, they would be more confident about both. Our catechism classes prepared us for answers to everything without teaching what were the questions.  But true faith in God isContinue reading Second Sunday of Easter: “True faith is more than knowing the answers to someone else’s questions”