Good Shepherd Sunday: IV Easter May 3, 2020

Jesus presents himself to us today as someone who wants to help us put our “lives back together” and to show us that there is a simple way to live a “more abundant life.”  The secret is not in things, or work, but in love and being a personal resource to help each other toContinue reading “Good Shepherd Sunday: IV Easter May 3, 2020”

Third Sunday of Easter, April 26, 2020

What are you discussing as you walk along? This is the question that Luke asks in today’s gospel. (Luke 24:13-35) Whoever the two were, they were escaping Jerusalem for a safer town.  They feared, as the disciples who locked themselves inside, in Jerusalem, that they were closer to being caught.  So they escaped.  They wereContinue reading “Third Sunday of Easter, April 26, 2020”

II Sunday Easter April 19, 2020

So where are we today– almost at a Peak, levelling out, descending the peak?  The Trumpists declare the virus’ defeat.  They want their freedom back.  “Liberate Michigan.” Andrew Cuomo declared Saturday morning that he has never seen the emotions of Americans running so high: anxious, frustrated, angry, distressed, depressed. These were also the emotions ofContinue reading “II Sunday Easter April 19, 2020”

A Thoughtful Article

It is important to read substantive and thoughtful articles exploring the deeper meanings and significance of what is happening in our world of the Pandemic. I recommend this article, “Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting” by Julio Vincent Gambuto published on Forge/ on April 10, 2020. –Fr. Richard Mangini Sandra’s note: Also, here is someContinue reading “A Thoughtful Article”

Good Friday – A Celebration of Life 4/10/20

In many ways, Good Friday feels like we are coming to a funeral, to a memorial service for a man who died over 2,000 years ago, but actually we are coming to do what many families want to do today, rather than celebrate a funeral, to do a celebration of life. One insight is absolutelyContinue reading “Good Friday – A Celebration of Life 4/10/20”

Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, April 5, 2020

Today we begin a week that remembers how Jesus died, how he left this world.  For many centuries, the Catholic Church has called the Paschal Mystery. No one escapes the Paschal Mystery.  We passed over from God and began who we are as human beings, and each of us will return and passover once againContinue reading “Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, April 5, 2020”

A Profession of Faith for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 29, 2020

This morning as we stand to make a Profession of Faith, I want each one of us to make a personal profession, to profess my faith in God and for you to profess your faith in God. What do you profess today? This is what I profess: I BELIEVE that you, Our Father, Jesus OurContinue reading “A Profession of Faith for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 29, 2020”

Introduction to Mass of the Fifth Sunday of Lent

As with Lazarus, a beloved friend of Jesus , we too face a possible viral sickness and even death. And we do so relying upon ourselves, quarantines and social distancing. But we also rely upon the encouragement and help of Jesus who is a healer of body and soul, and of mind and spirit. AtContinue reading “Introduction to Mass of the Fifth Sunday of Lent”