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

A Perfect, No-Maintenance Garden Plan — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

What follows is a story about God and St. Francis chatting about lawn care. I’ve shared it with some of you already, so I apologize if you’ve already been exposed to it. I’ve tried to discover the source of the story, and I’ve been able to do so. With a thank you to its creator and a request for forbearance, let’s proceed. I would also ask that you continue to…Keep Reading

From California to Columbia — By Fr. Reginald, O.P.

Peace, dear friends. This is your new priest, Fr. Reginald Wolford, O.P. As I look forward to serving you and getting to know you, let me take this opportunity to introduce myself. Perhaps the place to start would be in a little chapel in the corner of the cafeteria of Thomas Aquinas College in my home state of California early in my freshman year (a good many years ago now)….Keep Reading

The Self-Giving Love of Joseph — By Fr. Joseph, O.P.

The first recorded words of God to man come after the fall. God asks, “Where are you?” The rhetorical question indicates God’s desire for us to know where our choices lead us. At the same time, I find it interesting that Jesus’ first words are some sort of playful response to the Father’s first words. He asks His mother Mary, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know…Keep Reading

A Reminder of our Jewish Roots — 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: “Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings…Keep Reading

A Request for Ideas and Suggestions — By Fr. Rich, OP

Last weekend, May 13/14 was a busy time for the Newman Center. On campus, graduations were celebrated for a good number of our students. Bishop Gaydos celebrated Confirmation with our high school students and several of our adult members. The weekend Masses saw carnations distributed for the moms in our community. Our Masses were filled with families, visitors, alumni, as only an end of the school year can be. The…Keep Reading

Where Will God’s Plan Take Us Next? — By Fr. Rich, OP

The months of February, March and April have been a bit chaotic in my life. My presence in our community has been less than I would desire, and I would like to share with you the reason behind the chaos. In February, I attended a development conference in Phoenix that morphed into a vacation. Since February, there have been four trips to Colorado. Each of the Colorado trips has been…Keep Reading

Three Years at Newman — By Fr. Joseph, OP

I went into my first assignment at Purdue University having no idea what to expect.  I had worked in campus ministries with many priests.  But to actually serve people as a priest, I had no idea.  I simply wanted to do great things.  What I didn’t see was that it was all about the person in front of me. The Newman Center there, though they don’t call it a Newman Center,…Keep Reading

Divine Mercy Sunday — By Fr. Joseph, OP

For many people the word “mercy” brings up the notion of the sinfulness of mankind.  Therefore, to conclude the eight days of Easter with Divine Mercy Sunday seems unfortunate.  Easter, they say, is for resurrection, and not a recollection of our sins. What may underlie the aversion to sinfulness is the sin of pride.  “I do not need someone else’s mercy,” many think, nor do I like being at the…Keep Reading