Envisioning Our Future — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

Over the past year, this idea of “visioning the future” has been very much a part of my present. The Holy Spirit, in a rare show of humor, has arranged for this process to take place, not only in our parish community, but also at the level of our diocese and our Dominican province. With respect to our parish and diocese, the interests are entwined. We’ve been tasked with examining…Keep Reading

Organize Your Spiritual Life — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

A creedal statement is “an authoritative, formulated statement of the chief articles of Christian belief.” The one we publicly profess most regularly is the Nicene Creed, which is popularly thought to have been promulgated by the Council of Nicaea. Current scholarship has uncovered a more complex history, which is beyond the scope of this column, but makes for interesting reading. (See www.britannica.com/topic/Nicene-Creed) Creedal statements help us to remember what is…Keep Reading

The Spirit of Christmas — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST Christmas Eve was coming to a close. After dinner and presents at my grandparents’, my siblings and I were getting ready for a long winter’s nap. Mom and Dad would gather us around the tree, ablaze with lights and tinsel. (Mom always put tinsel on the tree until the day before we took it down!) Dad would read “the story”; the Gospel of Luke, Chapter…Keep Reading

A Year of Favor — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

This passage from Isaiah is read by Jesus from the scroll in the synagogue at Nazareth. The event serves both to fulfill the prophecy and stand as the “mission statement” for Jesus. “The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release…Keep Reading

Reflecting on our Year of Faith — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

One of the perceived challenges in writing a column on a regular basis is the desire to write something fresh, engaging, entertaining and informative, thought-provoking and accurate; all this in about 600 words. Add the fact that the media is print, and the task is formidable. So, here we go. The celestial mechanics have conspired to create a short Advent season; the fourth Sunday of Advent morphs into Christmas Eve….Keep Reading

“I Will Be There Tomorrow” — By Fr. Reginald, O.P.

Blessed Advent, dear friends! As you know, the season of Advent is a time of preparation for the Lord’s arrival. It is a time to reflect on the great mystery of God’s breaking into human history to heal the wounds of our sin and foolishness and to set us on the path back to his heart. It is a time to reflect on our great need for the Lord, for…Keep Reading

Holy Lives, Set Apart — by Fr. Rich, O.P.

The Concise Dictionary of Theology defines the word “saint” in this way: it’s Latin for “one who is holy or set apart.” This weekend celebrates both those that we know and honor and those who are unknown to us; there are uncounted numbers of such individuals in our history, and we remember them in our prayers and thoughts today. The qualifications for entry into this select elect have developed through…Keep Reading

Priesthood: Year One — By Fr. Reginald, O.P.

October 1 marked the completion of my first year of priesthood. This occasion brings to mind many blessings that I have experienced in that time. The greatest of these, of course, is the mystery of consecrating the Eucharist and absolving sins for the People of God. I really have no words to describe these. However, I would like to share a couple of other thoughts with you: The first thing…Keep Reading

Caring for Our Common Home — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

The book of the prophet Isaiah, in its 61st chapter, opens with these verses: “The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; He has sent me to bring good news to the afflicted, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the Lord and a day of vindication by…Keep Reading

Prayer, Not Despair — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

If you are a regular reader of this space, you will recognize much of what is written here. Pope Francis’ letter continues to be a touchstone for me, so likely, it will be back. I think it bears repeating. Wherever you find yourself on the spectrum of politics, education, religion; whatever your stand on sexuality, drugs, gun control, or any of the myriad issues and challenges that engulf our world…Keep Reading

Pray, Learn, and Be Charitable — By Fr. Reginald, O.P.

Friends, this Tuesday, August 8, the Church remembers St. Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers, who serve you here at St. Thomas More. With that in mind, I would like to share a bit about our great founder and the legacy he has left us. Dominic’s life can be summed up in three major themes: his spirit of prayer, his love of learning, and above all, his charity. Though…Keep Reading

Recommitting to Live the Beatitudes — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

I penned this bulletin for the second week in January. As we approach the end of July, I believe that we should remind ourselves of what Pope Francis has challenged us to commit our lives to. In the first bulletin of the new year, I committed a large portion of the bulletin to sharing Pope Francis’ message celebrating the 50th World Day of Prayer for Peace. In the almost 3,000…Keep Reading