Sometimes God Surprises Us

Sometimes God Surprises Us

Today, the third Sunday of Advent, is known as Gaudete Sunday. We are getting closer to the celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas. The first reading from Isaiah gives rise to the sentiment of joy. He tells us, “The desert and the parched land will exult; the...
Speak your Truth

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...
“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...
“Who Is Your Favorite?”

Beyond Gratitude to Thanksgiving

In the month of October, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops invites us to renew our call to “cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end.” As Missionaries of the Precious Blood, this call is woven...
“Who Is Your Favorite?”

People of Hope

The opening lines of today’s first reading are some of the most powerful words in Scripture. The desperation is clear in the words of the prophet Habakkuk, “How long, O LORD? I cry for help but you do not listen! I cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ but you do not...