19th Sunday in Ordinary Time: “The real treasure of life is ourselves”

August 7, 2022 What we have just heard is a “mouthful” – a lot of wisdom and know-how, to make it through life.  It all has to do with how God has created us to function well and to get the most out of life. So, let’s begin to unpack it all.   The starting pointContinue reading 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time: “The real treasure of life is ourselves”

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”

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”

“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” 

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…”

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”

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”

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?