Providing for Our Guests

Providing for Our Guests

An obvious theme in the first reading and Gospel is hospitality. During these summer months perhaps, we have had the opportunity to offer hospitality to guests or to be recipients of the hospitality of others. One of the traits that has often been associated with the...
Which of These Three Was Neighbor?

Which of These Three Was Neighbor?

It is so easy for us to gloss over this phrase at the end of the story, but it is one that requires we stop and pay attention.  The scholar could have simply said “the Samaritan” but he so hated Samaritans, that he couldn’t even bring himself to say the word. We all...
Peace in the Midst of the World

Peace in the Midst of the World

Recently I went on a week-long retreat to a Benedictine monastery. My goal for the week was simple—peace. Peace from work, from obligations, from noise, from news, from traffic, from the internet. Peace for time with God, time to listen to the yearnings of my soul,...
Your blood, O Lord, is the source of life

Your blood, O Lord, is the source of life

A message for the Solemnity of the Precious Blood from our Provincial Director Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S.   Blood is very ambiguous. It can point to life and to death. Blood spilled in violence on our streets is a powerful sign of evil and death. In our world...
No Excuses

No Excuses

By Fr. Tony Fortman, C.PP.S. In today’s Gospel, we see the apostles of Jesus, James and John, wanting to call an airstrike on a Samaritan village. We read, “On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him...
Seeing with the Eyes of Faith

Seeing with the Eyes of Faith

Fr. Al Spilly, C.PP.S.  Although we sign ourselves with the sign of the cross every day, it may remain disconnected from our experience. God the Father is a gentle, loving shepherd. We experience this early in our lives when older people show us mercy, compassion,...