Sunday Reflections from the C.PP.S.

C.PP.S. Members share their reflections on Sunday readings

The Struggle, the Pain, the Love

The Struggle, the Pain, the Love

By Fr. Tim Knepper, C.PP.S. Before today’s Pandora or Spotify playlists, songs on repeat flowed out of the speakers of my dad’s stereo system. The song with the most airplay, and long-term memory storage for me, was “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” by Lynn...

read more
Freely Given, Out of Love

Freely Given, Out of Love

By Fr. Angelo Anthony, C.PP.S. On this Mother’s Day I would like to celebrate the vocation of motherhood with these pearls of wisdom shared by Moms. “When you can see your heart walking around outside, that’s the day you turn into a mother.” “If you hear the toilet...

read more
The Difference Between Law & Ethics

The Difference Between Law & Ethics

By Brother Brian Boyle, C.PP.S. In a class I took 10 years ago, my classmates and I were asked to explain the difference between law and ethics. I responded, “Rosa Parks did the right thing (ethics) by not relinquishing a bus seat to a white passenger. That act broke...

read more
A Promise of Peace and Mercy

A Promise of Peace and Mercy

By Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S. Frequently someone has confessed to me, “Father, I know that I am supposed to forgive them, but I just can’t.” In their words I can hear the pain that they still carry. In their words I can hear their need and desire to be healed. Just...

read more
Christ is Risen!

Christ is Risen!

Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, he has been raised. Luke 24:5-6 By Fr. Steve Dos Santos, C.PP.S.   “Christ is risen!” Is the traditional Paschal greeting along with its response, “Christ is risen indeed!” Some add an alleluia for...

read more
What Did Jesus Write?

What Did Jesus Write?

By Fr. Tim McFarland, C.PP.S. The Gospel for this Sunday has always captured my imagination. Two points stand out in my mind. One, I always wondered where the man who committed adultery was. Second, what did Jesus scribble in the dirt? If this woman was caught in the...

read more
God’s Healing Touch Can Help Us See

God’s Healing Touch Can Help Us See

By Fr. Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine! This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine! Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!  Today we celebrate the second scrutiny with those who will receive the Easter sacraments in...

read more
Sinners Welcome

Sinners Welcome

Year C By Fr. Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S. Our God is an awesome God, who reigns from heaven above, with wisdom power and love, our God is an awesome God! Today’s Gospel contains the third parable in a series, all in answer to the complaint of the Pharisees and scribes...

read more
Use the Tools You Were Given

Use the Tools You Were Given

By Fr. Matthew Keller, C.PP.S. “Leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future” (Luke 13:8–9). Leaving the barren plant for another year may not make the most sense, but I think it says...

read more
Our Citizenship is in Heaven

Our Citizenship is in Heaven

By Fr. Harry Brown, C.PP.S. This Sunday’s theme for readings is Lift up your hearts to God in prayer. And yes, today’s readings deal with persons conversing with God. Let’s ask ourselves during Lent: “Do I find prayer really important? When do I pray? How often? Do I...

read more
Discouragement is an Early Hurdle

Discouragement is an Early Hurdle

By Fr. Tony Fortman, C.PP.S.  So here we go! Lent is here. The fish fries, the giving up of candy and pop. These are some common ideas about our Lenten time. But Lent is a time of deep discussion with Jesus. Much of this discussion is on our own with Christ and much...

read more
Lent on Two Levels

Lent on Two Levels

An Ash Wednesday message from our provincial director, Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S. Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, when as a Church we turn our minds both inward and outward. We go through Lent on at least two levels. We experience it as a private...

read more
Uniting our Hearts with the Heart of Jesus

Uniting our Hearts with the Heart of Jesus

By Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S. For the past couple of weeks our Gospel passages has come from a section of Luke’s Gospel referred to as the Sermon on the Plains. Immediately after Luke’s account of the calling of the apostles, Jesus begins to form them and teach...

read more
Looking Past the Sin that Divides Us

Looking Past the Sin that Divides Us

By Brother Brian Boyle, C.PP.S. I was walking down a street in Des Moines, Iowa, my home for 2 years in the 90’s. A gentlemen on the corner asked for a dollar. What’s a dollar? He needed it more than I do. I gave it to him. He said, “I will have this back to you next...

read more
Who Do You Trust?

Who Do You Trust?

By Fr. Tim Knepper, C.PP.S. Before their 30 years together on The Tonight Show, Ed McMahon became the announcer for Johnny Carson on a game show called Who Do You Trust? At first it was set up as a husband-wife game show, but then changed to men and women paired...

read more
God Knows All About Our Imperfections

God Knows All About Our Imperfections

Fishers of Men (Ravenna)   “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” (Luke 5:8) By Fr. Steve Dos Santos, C.PP.S. When I was ordained a deacon, then Bishop Allen Vigneron began his homily saying, “Steve, it is good that you picked as your first reading the...

read more
St. Maria De Mattias, Passionate Pioneer

St. Maria De Mattias, Passionate Pioneer

By Sister Anita Fearday, ASC St. Maria De Mattias, whose feast day and birthday is February 4, is the foundress of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. She was born in 1805 in Vallecorsa, a mountainous village about 56 miles southeast of Rome. Fr. Giovanni Merlini, a...

read more
You are Patient, You are Kind

You are Patient, You are Kind

By Fr. Angelo Anthony, C.PP.S.  One day a mom was driving her daughter to school when she began thinking, “I wonder what my daughter will be when she grows up?” Looking over at her daughter she noticed she was playing with her mom’s stethoscope. The mom thought to...

read more
We Each Find Our Own Way

We Each Find Our Own Way

By Brother Matthew Schaefer, C.PP.S. When I was in initial formation with the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, one of my volunteer activities during the first semester was visiting people at Maria Joseph Nursing Center in Dayton. My first visit on my first day was...

read more
Let the Celebration Continue

Let the Celebration Continue

By Fr. Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S.   The Christmas season is over. The decorations put away. It’s Ordinary Time once again.   The prophet Isaiah challenges us to continue the celebration, to continue to make some noise. He continues to prophesy about the reign...

read more
Don’t Pack Joy, Love Away

Don’t Pack Joy, Love Away

By Fr. Matt Keller, C.PP.S. Today we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and with our celebration today, fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you view it, we draw our Christmas season to a close. The trees, the statues in our nativity scene, and...

read more
To Be the Light

To Be the Light

By Fr. Tim McFarland, C.PP.S. The timing of our great feasts this year seem to be rushed. The day after Christmas we celebrated the observance of the Holy Family when Jesus was 12 years old. A little over a week later we observe the Feast of the Epiphany. The Epiphany...

read more
A Holy Family is Loving, Trusting

A Holy Family is Loving, Trusting

By Fr. Angelo Anthony, C.PP.S. Today we move quickly from the story of Christmas to Jesus as a boy of 12. We do not know much about the early years of Jesus’ life, so today’s Gospel gives us an unusual glimpse into his family life. Luke tells us that the Holy Family...

read more
How Do We Revel in God’s Mysterious Gift?

How Do We Revel in God’s Mysterious Gift?

By Brother Matthew Schaefer, C.PP.S. Last week I went to the store to get supplies for our religious education program’s Christmas party. As I turned into the Christmas aisle, looking for candy canes and chocolate Santas, I was faced with an entire row of empty...

read more
More than Too Good to be True

More than Too Good to be True

By Fr. Matthew Keller, C.PP.S. We all know those people who can tell a good story with a straight face. You believe the story to be true, then you realize the story is fiction. Then they tell you another good story that seems to be real, but you do not believe it, and...

read more
Give It All You’ve Got

Give It All You’ve Got

By Fr. Tim McFarland, C.PP.S. As we read the newspaper, check the news on the internet or on TV, it is often discouraging. In Chicago (and other places), newspapers keep score of the shootings each weekend. For those of us who listen to the Scriptures this Sunday, it...

read more
The Lord Has Done Great Things for Us!

The Lord Has Done Great Things for Us!

By Fr. Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S. Today’s readings call us to rejoice. While we wait for the coming of the Lord, we rejoice that Christ is already in our midst. While we prepare for the celebration of Christmas, we rejoice that our salvation has already come.   The...

read more
St. Francis Xavier, a Great Missionary

St. Francis Xavier, a Great Missionary

December 3 is the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, who is the patron of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. By Fr. Harry Brown, C.PP.S. Fr. Francis Xavier, priest and patron saint of the C.PP.S., lived to be only 46 years old—born in 1506 in Navarre, Spain, and died...

read more
A Citizen in Christ’s Kingdom

A Citizen in Christ’s Kingdom

By Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S. I have heard a story told of what is claimed to be the shortest homily every—just seven words. According to this story, it was on the Feast of Christ the King and after reading the gospel, the preacher paused dramatically to ensure...

read more
No Worries, God is in Control

No Worries, God is in Control

By Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S. During this time of year in the northern hemisphere we begin to see signs of the upcoming winter. Trees that were once beaming with red, orange and yellow are now dropping their leaves, revealing barren branches. The sun is setting...

read more
Missionaries of the Precious Blood