St. Ignatius Church Penance Service: “Help us to love, O God, as you love”

(Editor’s note: This is pure Father Richard Mangini. This is why he is so beloved. Love over fear, every time.) April 2022 I am not a great fan of whipping ourselves to death because we are human beings that fail. I believe that God is always present to us in our lives, in our hearts,Continue reading St. Ignatius Church Penance Service: “Help us to love, O God, as you love”

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time: “All Creation communicates the wonder, the mystery, the complexity and the beauty of the divine”

January 30, 2022 Every Catholic knows the names of some of the Old Testament Prophets – like Isaiah and Jeremiah because the Catholic Church reads from their writings very often at Mass. You can Google the names of 10 modern prophets.  You may have heard of some of their names: the American Jesuit Daniel Berrigan,Continue reading “4th Sunday in Ordinary Time: “All Creation communicates the wonder, the mystery, the complexity and the beauty of the divine””

A Litany of Belonging

Editor’s note: Mary Franceschini came across this beautiful litany that was written by the Center for Action and Contemplation, founded by Fr. Richard Rohr. The Center kindly gave us permission to share it here on the Harvest and Hope blog. Fr. Richard Mangini calls it “excellent, inclusive, powerfully connective.” A Litany of Belonging (reproduced fromContinue reading “A Litany of Belonging”

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

January 1, 2022 Growing up in the early 1940s, we were taught more about Mary and devotions to her than we were taught about Jesus – in my catechism classes at least. Over the centuries, our Catholic Church created a goddess-like cult for Mary.  She was much more approachable than Jesus, it seemed, and equallyContinue reading Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

II Sunday Advent: Is everything falling apart, or is God creating something new with our help and his inspiration?

December 5, 2021 What is the liturgical year that Fr. Robert keeps talking about – its ending or its beginning? It is a way for us to help focus our spiritual attention, to focus the time that we give to God, a way to deepen our sense of how God is present to us inContinue reading II Sunday Advent: Is everything falling apart, or is God creating something new with our help and his inspiration?

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe: A Light in Our Minds and Hearts to Show a Way to Integrity

November 21, 2021 We don’t use, today, the language of politics to describe Jesus.  The feudal systems of monarchs and kings went out of fashion in the 18th Century with the French revolution.  Yet it took much longer for European monarchies to vanish.  There are still a few nominal monarchies — England, Belgium, Spain. InContinue reading “Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe: A Light in Our Minds and Hearts to Show a Way to Integrity”

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

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