Reflection for Easter Sunday

  How our world, our modern day culture, is in need of Easter’s Redemption! We live in a world where love and happiness are so often confused and drained of their true value. Love is often reduced to a thing of convenience or a fortunate emotion. Happiness is most often mistaken with a feeling to be fancied in the moment or having all of our indulgences met. As we celebrate the great mystery of Easter,…

Reflection for Holy Saturday

    Have you ever been to the funeral visitation of a loved one and looked at their face and thought, “they look just like they are sleeping.” While they may appear peaceful there is also the sadness of knowing that their silence and stillness is not merely a temporary state from which they can be awaken. I wonder what Our Lady, St. John, Joseph of Arimathea thought when they looked at the face of…

Reflection for Good Friday

St. Paul refers to Jesus as the visible image of the invisible God (Col. 1:16).  St John calls him the Word made flesh that, clothed in human vesture, reveals visibly the invisible mystery and glory of the all-powerful God.  His face, His every gesture, transfers into my visible world the invisible mystery of the Divine Godhead.  As St John Paul II wrote, as a central theme of the Theology of the Body, “The body, in…

Reflection for Holy Thursday

  “This is my body that is for you.” Profoundly simply, these words of Christ relayed to us by Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians claims the fundamental purpose of Christ, a perfect gift of Himself, body and soul. In the words of the Eucharist prayer for this night in the liturgical year we find the purpose of so great a gift, “On the day before he was to suffer for our salvation…

Theology of the Body and Spiritual Fatherhood

THEOLOGY OF THE BODY & PRIESTLY VOCATIONAL DISCERNMENT: PART 3   At the end of the movie “Saving Private Ryan”, Captain Miller (played by Tom Hanks) lies dying and says quietly and profoundly to Private Ryan (played by Matt Damon), “earn this.” Of course, he speaks of the sacrifice that he, Captain Miller, and the other members of his special team of soldiers have given of their lives to save the life of Ryan.  As…

St. Louis de Montfort – April 28

All of the faithful are baptized into a share in Christ’s threefold office of priest, prophet, and king. The priest, in a unique way, shares in each of these offices, sanctifying, teaching, and governing the People of God. Certain of these offices shine forth more in one priest than in another. Such was the case with Saint Louis de Montfort. He was a preacher/teacher par excellence. Born in France in 1673, he was intensely prayerful…

Homily for Divine Mercy Sunday – Year A

  In the Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus, one invocation states, “Jesus, Father of the world to come…have mercy on us.”  As we continue to bask in the afterglow of the Resurrection this Easter season, let’s dive a little deeper into this title given to our Risen Savior. Our first father, Adam, passed onto us the gift of life that God gave to him.  It is life in the natural sense, according the…

Homily for Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

  This week Christ marries his bride.  That may seem like a strange statement, however, it is an apt description of the coming together and joining which takes place through the events of Holy Week.  The reading we heard as we blessed the palms tells of the groom’s arrival at the wedding when Christ rode into his city to the acclamations of the crowd.  He received the guests as he moved about Jerusalem.  To some…

The Logic of Waiting: Reflection for Fifth Sunday of Lent

    “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!” (Ps 130:1). What are these depths? Certainly, we may speak of the depths of debt or the depths of defeat or even the depths of depression approaching despair. And with this last one, we may be nearing the mark. Might not these depths refer first to the recesses of our own hearts? For, as we read in another Psalm, “the inward mind and…

Coming into the Light of Christ: Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

    In this Sunday’s readings we hear the great story of the man born blind – a man who goes through a transformation in the story. This transformation is all about coming into the light of Christ. My own faith story seems to be like the man born blind. The man born blind does not know who Jesus is or why He asks him if he wants to be healed. The man just wants…