July 9, 2017 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 100 ZEC 9:9-10 PS 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14 ROM 8:9, 11-13 MT 11:25-30 I have just returned with my fellow pilgrims from a three day Ignatian silent retreat in Saint Louis.   There is something amazing about avoiding using your voice toContinue Reading

There is this overwhelmingly powerful scene in the Fellowship of the Rings in which Galadriel is tempted.  Galadriel is already a powerful figure with great magic and power.   The ring though would make her even stronger, so powerful in fact she could control the entire realm.  She has thisContinue Reading

Every time I read about Queen Esther I am struck by a particular scene from the movie One Night with the King.  It’s the pivotal moment of the movie and of the history of the Jewish people.  Here this young woman is faced with a difficult and terrible dilemma.  SheContinue Reading

Ash Wednesday.  Such a powerful service to attend.  To receive ashes on our forehead to remind us that form dust we come, to dust we shall return.   The Church is packed.  Isn’t that intriguing?  On a normal weekend you don’t find the pews that full.  At most Holy Days ofContinue Reading

A Reflection on the Readings forDecember 26, 2015 – The Feast of Saint Stephen The Day after Christmas we go from celebrating life, to celebrating death.  Isn’t that a strange dichotomy?  One morning we are celebrating the birth of Christ into the world.  The image of a newborn child swaddledContinue Reading