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: 

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”

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”

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”

5th Ordinary Sunday: “You will be catching people for God.”

February 6, 2022 We grow up in a certain life setting, determined by place, by others, by culture and by language, by our parents’ circumstances. One reality is for sure, that we can feel love; its lack diminishes us; its presence enables us to grow and to be secure and to dream our future. InContinue reading 5th Ordinary Sunday: “You will be catching people for God.”

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”

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: “Do whatever he tells you”

January 16, 2022 So now what is Jesus supposed to be and to do?  Last Sunday, God spoke: “You are my beloved Son, Jesus; with you I am well pleased.” So now what?  What is Jesus supposed to do next?  Start talking!  Start doing!  The human part of Jesus is not sure what his nextContinue reading “Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: “Do whatever he tells you””

The Baptism of the Lord: “The purpose of Baptism is to share with us who we are really and to encourage us”

January 9, 2022 (Version 1: This is Father Mangini’s first version that he delivered at mass) Today (yesterday) at St. Mary’s Church in Walnut Creek, I baptized Luca Slovik.  Thirty years ago, I baptized his mother Veronica.  I married his parents a few years ago.  I even married his grandparents.  When you are a priestContinue reading The Baptism of the Lord: “The purpose of Baptism is to share with us who we are really and to encourage us”