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”

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

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Jesus frees us to be our best self

June 26, 2022 (First homily before Supreme Court Decision) Have you heard the expression: “You said a mouthful?”  It refers to someone who speaks an obvious and worthwhile truth – like the Scripture we have heard today.  So, let’s review each passage.  First reading: 1 Kings 19 The prophets Elijah and Elisha.  Neither wanted GodContinue reading 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Jesus frees us to be our best self

Holy Trinity: God is in our heart of hearts

June 12, 2022 (third and final version) The first place that we go to look for God is in our “heart of hearts.”  Somewhere deep within our consciousness – partly in our mind, somewhere in the depths of what we call our hearts, our souls. In an old cosmology of 2,000 years ago, God wasContinue reading Holy Trinity: God is in our heart of hearts

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: 

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”