33rd Sunday: Finding calm in today’s world

November 14, 2021 Do you remember the 1922 story of Henny Penny, called Chicken Little, who believes the world is coming to end?  “The sky is falling!”  The phrase features prominently in the story.  Actually, the sky is not falling but Chicken Little gets so worked up and believes that it is.  So the storyContinue reading 33rd Sunday: Finding calm in today’s world

32nd Sunday 2021: Seeing as God sees, reaching out as God reaches out, the jar of our awareness and sacrificial love will not run out

November 7, 2021 For very uneducated people over the centuries, the Catholic Church has tried to make it easy for people by creating prayers to pray, rules to obey to keep us all on the right path to God, Jesus, to Mary, and all the saints. The effort to simplify and to be helpful doesContinue reading “32nd Sunday 2021: Seeing as God sees, reaching out as God reaches out, the jar of our awareness and sacrificial love will not run out”

All Souls’ Day/Dia de los Muertos: Those whom you gave me are your gift to me

November 2, 2021 I would propose to you this evening a different way to appreciate our day of the Dead. For too long, the Catholic Church has focused on our human sins which, the people of the Middle Ages believed would prevent us from entering the presence of God without some experience to purify ourselvesContinue reading All Souls’ Day/Dia de los Muertos: Those whom you gave me are your gift to me

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time: What Brings Meaning, Joy and Hope to Our Lives?

eaOctober 31, 2021 Same ole, same ole, love God, love your neighbor!  Each one of us has “sort of” figured it out for ourselves.  Most of us have put some kind of personal limits as to what it means or how far we are willing to go.  So, who is God?  Is it as simpleContinue reading 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time: What Brings Meaning, Joy and Hope to Our Lives?

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Thoughts on Marriage

October 3, 2021 “Of all the important places in life to find God and to walk with God, certainly, marriage life would be the place.” So let us talk about marriage and divorce, in a very frank and honest way.  That is what Jesus begins to do today. We know that all first marriages doContinue reading 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Thoughts on Marriage

2nd Anniversary of Fr. Mat’s Death

28th Sunday October 10, 2021 Part of our human nature wants a short, simple answer: What do I need?  What do I have to do?  How easy will it be?  We ask the same questions for many areas of our lives as we face all kinds of different experiences. Sometimes, all we can answer toContinue reading 2nd Anniversary of Fr. Mat’s Death

26th Ordinary Sunday: “There are no exclusive rights to Jesus”

September 26, 2021 The Roman Catholic Church does not have an exclusive contract with God, to talk about God or to let everyone know the secrets of God. At one time, we did teach that we were the one true Church, that we had figured everything out, through specific words describing dogmas, and rituals claimingContinue reading “26th Ordinary Sunday: “There are no exclusive rights to Jesus””

24th Sunday – 9/11 Anniversary

September 12, 2021 I turned the TV on for morning news as I began to shave, looking at one tower already imploded and the second plane crashing into the other.  Where were you? We were stunned by the violence — that a group of human beings were so angry and so violent with us whoContinue reading 24th Sunday – 9/11 Anniversary

29th Sunday: To Be Human…

August 29, 2021 How did Jesus become a human being and why?  Our Catholic tradition uses the word “The Incarnation” to describe how God becomes or enters into our human reality. In the First Incarnation, God’s person and presence fills and creates all inanimate materials, planets and stars and universes. In the Second Incarnation, GodContinue reading 29th Sunday: To Be Human…

XXI Sunday: To follow Jesus in a simple, authentic, and whole hearted way is the work of a lifetime

August 22, 2021 Jesus has some very interesting things to say about life — attractive points about spirituality that focus on personal fulfillment, the heart of religion, the promise of eternal life.  For the people of his day in Jerusalem and Palestine, he was a breath of fresh air. But let me repeat to youContinue reading XXI Sunday: To follow Jesus in a simple, authentic, and whole hearted way is the work of a lifetime