Father’s Day History — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

There are times when we are in the midst of a celebration and we fail to fully appreciate how it came to be that we are celebrating. So, I thought that some history about Father’s Day would be in order. I would encourage you to take the time to delve into the development of the holidays and celebrations that punctuate our days. It helps to stay in touch with our…Keep Reading

Christ is Present — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/the-mass/order-of-mass/liturgy-of-the-eucharist/the-real-presence-of-jesus-christ-in-the-sacrament-of-the-eucharist-basic-questions-and-answers.cfm The link that opens this column is a USSCB link that offers a great deal of information about the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Although it does not attempt to unravel the mystery, it does offer an historical perspective and attempts to answer a number of the questions that derive from its contemplation. Most, but not all, Catholics profess a belief in the “real presence” of Christ in…Keep Reading

The Mystery of the Trinity — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

Most of us find mysteries frustrating. Most of us tend to like information in neat, easy-to-digest units. Most of us prefer not to be burdened with irrelevant data, what we have labelled “irrelevant,” anyway. Mysteries are frustrating because they rarely are neatly packaged. Rarely are they orderly with information that interacts nicely with reality. In our world, mysteries demand to be solved; they poke and prod; they demand that we…Keep Reading

Strengthened By the Spirit — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

Every now and again, if we take the time, we are reminded of our Jewish roots. Our feast of Pentecost coincides with a Jewish feast of the same name. This feast celebrates the giving of the law on Mount Sinai, traditionally 50 days after Passover. Here is the short story, from Bible History Online. The Giving of the Law “Then it came to pass on the third day, in the…Keep Reading

Witness Blessings — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

Words have power. Ritual actions have power. When combined, words that color ritual action potentially have a profound impact on those who witness the moment. The words of our heroes and scoundrels, saints and sinners, athletes and politicians, musicians and poets; they ring through the years and the ages, still full of their original power and passion. The rituals that capture our attention — funerals, weddings, baptisms, graduations, inaugural events,…Keep Reading

Remain in His Love — By Fr. Reginald, O.P.

This week, I would like to use this space to offer some encouragement to our students (though others may find something helpful here too): Dear students, as you prepare for exams, graduation perhaps, and whatever the summer and beyond might bring, I can think of no better advice than our Lord’s beautiful words in today’s Gospel, “Remain in my love.” Jesus brings an extraordinary, mysterious, and unimaginable love into the…Keep Reading

Jesus is Always the Good Shepherd — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

We are celebrating the Fourth Sunday of Easter; the Gospel is of the “Good Shepherd.” It is a concept that, for a city boy like me, requires some serious investment of thought. The position of shepherd is, in some ways, older than organized civilization. It has endured over a period of 5,000 years through every culture into our world today, essentially without significant change in its essence. Should we focus…Keep Reading

What is Divine Mercy? — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

These questions and answers are from a blog by Jimmy Akin, published April 4, 2013 from the National Catholic Register. Although this is not an exhaustive list of questions and answers, perhaps it offers enough that those who are curious might be encouraged to search further. What is Divine Mercy Sunday? Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the Second Sunday of Easter. It is based on the private revelations of…Keep Reading

The Power and Love of God — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

I’ve struggled this year with the Easter column. I was focused on one that I had written in 2015, centered on six words: “bravely, fiercely, and compassionately; relentless, forgiving, unconditional.” Since I first heard them in an episode of Chicago Fire, they have come to be the thread through which run the events of Holy Week and Easter. Finally, I’ve landed on the moment that everything has been preparation for:…Keep Reading

Move Toward a Changed Self — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

Well, we’ve arrived; Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. And that pretty much says it all. The liturgy opens with the triumphant enter of Jesus into Jerusalem; then Mark’s Gospel. Opening with an account of Jesus’ anointing by the woman with oil, “anointing my body for burial”; it builds inexorably through the meal in the upper room, his sharing of his Body and Blood; a final gift to his friends….Keep Reading

Ground Routines in God’s Love — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

Over the past few weeks I’ve found myself, in conversation with friends, parishioners, and colleagues, voicing a consistent thought: “We spend a good portion of our lives on auto-pilot.” I know that I do. I have a morning routine and a nighttime routine. I have a routine as I get to the parish, as I prepare to celebrate the liturgy. Routine make our lives manageable in some ways. In some…Keep Reading

The Gift of the Eucharist — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

I’m writing this column on March 2, this being my third attempt to do so. This effort follows the privilege of celebrating the Eucharist, in the morning for the children at St. Peter’s in Fulton, at noon for our community here. As the Spirit would have it, both homilies were drawn from the Responsorial Psalm, “Remember the marvels the Lord has done.” In both homilies, I invited members of the…Keep Reading