Pentecost: May 20

We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear...

Saturday, Seventh Week of Easter: May 19

Seeing John, Peter was prompted to ask Jesus, “But Lord, what about him?” Jesus replied, “. . . How does that concern you? Your business is to follow me.” (John 21: 21-22) The apostles were truly human—curious, competitive, humble fishermen, testing to see if they...

A Brother’s Call is to Community

Br. Gerard Von Hagel, C.PP.S., who at the time was the assistant to the academic dean at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind., listened carefully as a student told him he was discerning a vocation as a religious brother. The student was looking at several...

Friday, Seventh Week of Easter: May 18

Do you love me? Then feed and tend my sheep. (John 21: 15-17) The Scriptures are filled with stories of meals. As a student in theology, I was fascinated with the four Gospels, especially that of Luke, and the emphasis on the place, the function and the importance of...

Thursday, Seventh Week of Easter: May 17

I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word. (John 17: 20) On the night of the Last Supper, Jesus prayed for you and for me. What a comforting thought. A common contemporary quote attributed to St. Augustine is, “If you were...