When the End Becomes a Beginning

When the End Becomes a Beginning

Every November, as the liturgical year winds down and we head towards the Feast of Christ the King (on November 24 this year), the Sunday scripture readings begin to speak about the end times. But the focus of these readings is not really about the end of the world...
When the End Becomes a Beginning

Speak your Truth

In today’s readings, we hear stories of people standing in front of the authorities of their day, and having to speak their truths no matter what the cost. The family in Maccabees spoke their truth and were tortured for it. They showed unflinching bravery in the face...
When the End Becomes a Beginning

God Will Never Scrap Us

Were you ever part of a team at the parish, school, hospital or any ministry site or function that made a big new bold pastoral plan? You spend weeks, months making this plan. Then comes the grand roll-out for the plan. The plan makes a good run for a few months or...
“Who Is Your Favorite?”

“Who Is Your Favorite?”

My mother died five days before Christmas last year. This past Independence Day, I went to my brother’s home to pick up the remnants of my parents’ estate. I unpacked Dad’s footlocker from his Air Force days, which contained Mom’s afghans, his anniversary watch from...
Prayer and Patience

Prayer and Patience

A message for the Solemnity of St. Gaspar del Bufalo from our Provincial Director Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S. A fellow Missionary of the Precious Blood reminded me last week that “We live in interesting times.” His statement is a version of the apocryphal Chinese...
Weaving the Good News into our Lives

Weaving the Good News into our Lives

The feast day of our founder, St. Gaspar del Bufalo, is October 21st but will be celebrated at some of our C.PP.S. parishes and ministry sites on Sunday, October 20th. This reflection is about the readings for St. Gaspar’s feast day. By Fr. Jim Smith, C.PP.S.  ...