Lent, Reflections

Anger and the Dark Side

Readings for Friday of the First Week of Lent What can Master Yoda and Jesus teach us about dealing with our anger and responding with forgiveness? A lot! This reflection was delivered to the weekly school mass with kids ranging from Pre-K to 8th grade.

Reflections, Saints

Is Jesus Blasting Tradition?

Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs This morning, I’d like to briefly comment on the topic of Tradition. When we hear Jesus say things like: “You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition!” we might begin to wonder — is Jesus blasting all Tradition? What about Catholic traditions — are they safe? What does he mean by…

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Shut up and dance… like King David

Readings for Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time King David, for all his many flaws, teaches us an important lesson in today’s first reading: If we really want to worship the Living God, we won’t be able to blend in… In fact, if anyone finds themselves blending into today’s cultural mindset, I’d say something is very wrong. Like…

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Advent, Reflections

The Skepticism of Zechariah

Readings for Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent Gabriel’s words really stuck out to me today for some reason: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because Your prayer has been heard.”  Evidently, Zechariah had been praying that his wife Elizabeth would bear him a son — maybe for a very long time! And now — it was finally happening! His…

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Feast Days, Reflections, Virgin Mary

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mary Wants to Visit Us

Readings for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Before my deeper conversion into Catholicism took place, I thought Marian apparitions like Our Lady of Guadalupe were kind of foreign and hard to take seriously… They seemed really unrelatable and superstitious to me — strange legends that only distracted from God. “Where does anything like that happen in the Bible,”…

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