28th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Jesus invites us after a shockwave to put our ingenuity to work, to walk through positive possibilities with the help of others who will appear

9/18/22 We have to work.  We need a job that is fair and pays well.  We need money.  We need a career which fulfills our life.  We need relationships that complement and fulfill ourselves as human beings. We need values.  We set priorities.  We need our families and our human relationships.  We need to beContinue reading “28th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Jesus invites us after a shockwave to put our ingenuity to work, to walk through positive possibilities with the help of others who will appear”

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Tame our ego, look for the truth, have some personal discipline and invite God to help

September 11, 2022 As a younger child, I used to go to “confession” every Saturday night, and I repeated the same sins of fighting with my brothers and sister and disobeying my parents – for years. I did not substitute a molten calf for Jesus in the blessed sacrament.  I was not a “stiff neckedContinue reading “24th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Tame our ego, look for the truth, have some personal discipline and invite God to help”

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”

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

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

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: