Sts. Phillip & James, Apostles: May 3

Sts. Phillip & James, Apostles: May 3

There is no word or sound, no voice is heard, yet their message reaches to all the ends of the world. (Psalm 19: 4) In my ministry of teaching young immigrant children the language of this country, I have learned that words are not always necessary, especially in the...
Sts. Phillip & James, Apostles: May 3

Feast of St. Athanasius: May 2

I am the vine, you are the branches. (John 15: 5) I am writing this on February 2, the congregational feast day of the C.PP.S. Sisters of O’Fallon, Mo., so my reflections on today’s readings are highly influenced by this fact. The first reading describes the Church...
Sts. Phillip & James, Apostles: May 3

St. Joseph the Worker: May 1

Peace I leave with you. (John 14: 27) Every now and then, a person will greet me with “Shalom.” That is a loaded word, loaded with grace. It’s a lot more than the peace sign of the 1960’s. Jesus, about to pour out his Blood on the cross, wishes everything good for his...
Sts. Phillip & James, Apostles: May 3

Monday, Fifth Week of Easter: April 30

Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him. (John 14: 21) It is easy to say the words, “I love you” to someone. Words are a dime a dozen. It is much harder to prove it by one’s actions. If you love someone, you want to...
Sts. Phillip & James, Apostles: May 3

Fifth Sunday of Easter: April 29

I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. (John 15: 5) We have today what may be the most vivid image for those of us living in the 21st century. When Jesus talks about the...
Sts. Phillip & James, Apostles: May 3

Saturday, Fourth Week of Easter: April 28

If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it. (John 14: 13) There was a young woman in RCIA a couple of years ago when I was working in a parish. She was always cheerful, positive and had a bubbly personality. She had a beautiful voice that she shared with the...