18th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Heaven is God’s Gift to Us

August 21, 2022 The first thing/idea that strikes my attention is the question that someone asked Jesus.  Maybe it was the Gospel writer or maybe the Gospel writer had heard the question asked many times: “Lord, will only a few be saved?” Hmmm, I thought to myself: I went back several Sundays – questions?  Jesus’Continue reading “18th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Heaven is God’s Gift to Us”

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Reflections on Hospitality

July 17, 2022 Last year, the US hospitality industry generated 206 billion dollars.  The industry provides lodging, food, and entertainment.  The word “hospitality” means to “serve a guest,” and we do this by being hospitable and gracious.  We can do it in love and with grace. Our scriptures today want us to understand the importanceContinue reading 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Reflections on Hospitality

Holy Trinity Sunday: “I want to encourage you not to get stuck in spiritual mud”

June 12, 2022 (Second version) What do we say about God today?  A Holy Trinity!  But what does that mean?  I have never understood or appreciated the philosophical or theological writings of the Middle Ages, of the scholastics, and personally, I don’t have to understand the great mystery of who God is. What is importantContinue reading “Holy Trinity Sunday: “I want to encourage you not to get stuck in spiritual mud””

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”

Fifth Sunday of Lent: “Dying once is sufficient…”

April 3, 2022 This is where we begin, this earth; but this is not where we end.  While Jesus resuscitates Lazarus for a time, Lazarus will die.  The gospels make no mention of Lazarus again. The very first words of Jesus today are: “This illness is not to end in death, but is for theContinue reading Fifth Sunday of Lent: “Dying once is sufficient…”