Memorial for Pope Saint John Paul II — October 22

How does one possibly “reflect” on the life and pontificate of Pope Saint John Paul II in just a few pages? I dare say it is easy to give a list of his earthly “achievements” as Pope, as I will do later in the reflection,­ but one can never truly know fully the depth of a human person, because we are limited, finite creatures and only the Infinite, Omnipotent Creator can truly see into the…

Homily for the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

What an extraordinary burden the Shema must seem to be for those who still see their freedom as being at battle against God’s will. How in the world could you possibly bring yourself to fulfill such a commandment without believing that what God desires and has planned for you is going to bring you fulfillment? It is, in fact, an impossible task. If you have given God 100% of your heart, mind, soul, and strength,…

Homily for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

Before putting out into the deep of God’s Word and what He might be speaking to our hearts today, we need to do a little housekeeping about the actual text in front of us. The word translated as ‘roadside’ at the beginning of the Gospel is exactly the same word in the original as the word translated ‘way’ at the end. St Mark did not use synonyms (when he certainly could have). Even if the…

Homily for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

I had a conversation with this non-Catholic young man from a local Catholic High School. The young man said to me “I know you Catholics believe Jesus is your happiness, but I’m happy doing many of the things Jesus would not approve of. I don’t understand why I should believe in Him.” He continued, “I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t seek to be rich and lie and cheat if I have to in…

Homily for the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

Today’s readings reflect that echo in the heart of every man—the echo that manifests God, the God that is Love: the God Who calls us to participate of his intimate life. This echo is a longing that has been with us since the creation of the first man. St. Bernard of Clairvaux, in his Sermons on the Song of Songs, distinguishes different moments [throughout salvation history] in this ardent longing—which is a longing for the…

REFLECTION ON THE LIFE OF SAINT PADRE PIO

REFLECTION ON THE LIFE OF SAINT PADRE PIO

September 23rd marks the feast day of St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) canonized by Pope Saint John Paul II. I would like to offer a reflection on how the Theology of the Body relates to the body of Padre Pio. When I studied Mystici Corporis (On the Mystical Body of Christ) by Pope Pius XII, I was on fire and consumed with the idea of being in Christ, of being Him in the world…

Homily for the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

Once George Weigel was asked which books have had the biggest effect on his thinking. One book he mentioned was The Sources of Christian Ethics by Fr Servais Pinckaers, O.P. He then went on to explain why it was such an important book for him: because it roots the Christian life not in a series of rules to be kept (or broken or minimized or explained away), but in the invitation from God to beatitude,…

Homily for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

We welcome today’s invitation, “Come, eat of my food, and drink of the wine I have mixed!” (Prov 9:5). Then, just as we are ready to dive in, St. Paul seems to slap our reaching hand and admonishes, “Do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery” (Eph 5:18). We are conflicted because we are hungry and thirsty and sometimes desperately so. What are we to do? First, the first reading refers to Wisdom’s…

HOMILY FOR THE MEMORIAL OF SAINT BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

HOMILY FOR THE MEMORIAL OF SAINT BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

A Knight for Christ, A Divine Romance “As he now stood before his two oldest boys, holding a large crucifix in his hand and pointing to the wound in Christ’s side, he was manifesting more emotion than they had ever seen him show in all their years, even though Guy was eighteen and Gerard just sixteen. ” ‘My boy,’ said the father, ‘look at this wound often and let it speak to you.  Let it…

Homily for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

The Missionaries of Charity, the community founded by Saint Theresa of Calcutta, now serve in over 130 countries with more than 4,500 sisters ministering to the poor.  Most of them have learned multiple languages and skills in order to serve the needs of those they “meet in the street” on a daily basis.  In all of their chapels throughout the world two words are inscribed next to the crucifix of Our Lord: “I thirst.”  These…