Mass Readings for the Day Where does the radical boldness and the freedom of the martyrs come from? How do people like the North American Martyrs find the insane courage to acknowledge Christ before rulers and authorities who are absolutely intent, not only on eliminating their lives, but also stamping out the Gospel entirely? When […]
Daily Mass Homily for the Memorial of St. Faustina, apostle of Divine Mercy. Let your heart be filled with enduring JOY!
Our Gospel today is beautiful — and yet so frustratingly simple. Jesus says to Matthew the Tax-Collector, “Follow me.” And Matthew gets right up… and follows the Lord immediately. End of story. No other details are provided. For all we know, there was no struggle in Matthew’s heart. No anxious hesitation or battle of the […]
Readings for the Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest Today we hear the prophet Jeremiah say: “Why have you struck us a blow that cannot be healed?” It’s the voice of Israel lamenting that God has allowed them to suffer the consequences of their sins, but it’s also fitting on this feast of Ignatius […]
This is a reflection delivered after mass on the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle. Thomas often gets a bad rap for doubting… but have you ever noticed that he STAYED with the other Apostles a full week after they started raving over something he totally didn’t believe? This is impressive to me, and it […]
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? […]
Readings for the Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot The story of David and Goliath is a classic Bible story — one that most anyone off the street would be familiar with. But at a deep, allegorical level, the David and Goliath story illustrates the spiritual combat we are each called to engage in on a […]