22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: Thoughts on Humility

August 28, 2022 One of the things that I find most difficult to do as a priest is to sit at a head table or at “the” most special seat of honor. I understand “the special seat” as a sign of love and affection and that it is a sign of thanks and admiration. WhileContinue reading 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: Thoughts on Humility

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”

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Expressing our intimacy with God through prayer

July 24, 2022 Persist, Pester, Perish.  Jesus said a number of things about prayer and praying.  He talked about prayer as being simple and natural.  He was most concerned about making prayer a “show” or about tying ourselves up in endless words. All of us were taught three or four of the most handed downContinue reading “17th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Expressing our intimacy with God through prayer”

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”