“New” Beatitudes for Modern Christians — By Fr. Rich, OP

This past November 1, Pope Francis was visiting Sweden and in the context of that visit, proposed new “beatitudes”. He was speaking about the saints and where they found their grounding. “The best description of the saints — in fact, their “identity card” — the pope said, is found in the beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, which begins, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” As Christian saints have…Keep Reading

What are you Giving for Lent? — By Fr. Rich, OP

Those of you who keep track might recognize this column. I confess that it is the opening column from Lent 2015. I had actually almost completed the column for Lent 2017, but wanted to check on something. As the opening line suggests, I think that the ideas and concepts are “OK” to think about anew. So, with humility I submit for your consideration. It’s time for the age old question,…Keep Reading

Sacramental Mystery of Grace — By Sr. Karen, OP

Last Sunday at the 9:00 Mass we welcomed Benjamin Adam Samson into our faith community.  We watched parents and godparents trace the sign of the cross on Bennie’s forehead.  We heard Father say, “I claim you for Christ.”  With ritual anointing, with words and water, Bennie was launched on a journey of faith that will mature over his lifetime. Benjamin’s baptism, and the RCIA process of our catechumens and candidates…Keep Reading

Glorify God — By Fr. Joseph, OP

One of the chief messages in this weekend’s Gospel is that “your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father” (Mt 5:16).  The text could have just as easily read, “That they may see your good deeds and imitate your random acts of kindness,” but it didn’t.  Doing good deeds is vital to Christianity, but this is not its heart.  While…Keep Reading

Engaging the Challenges of Our Landscape — By Fr. Rich, OP

Someone asked me if I knew why presidential inaugurations occur on January 20. So, of course, I went hunting and found a wealth of information about events that occurred on that day. Here is a sample. On January 20, 250CE, Saint Fabian ended his reign as Pope. Then apparently nothing of significance happened on that day until 1045 when Giovanni di Sabina was elected on January 20, taking the name…Keep Reading

Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace — By Fr. Rich, OP

In the first bulletin of the new year, I committed a large portion of our weekly bulletin to sharing Pope Francis’ message celebrating the 50th World Day of Prayer for Peace. In the almost 3,000 words, his Holiness speaks about “Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace.” In the letter, Francis offers a concise history of the power of Catholic nonviolent participation in global politics over the last 50 years….Keep Reading

Are you Ready for the Christmas Season? — By Fr. Rich, OP

Throughout Advent, our community has been offered themes for contemplation; “Anticipate,” an invitation that grounds the entire season, as we direct our prayers, activities and thoughts to the celebration of the Messiah. Supported by the exhortation to “Be Awake,” we dust off not only the Christmas lights and decorations, but also unused prayers, readings and activities. The parishes in our diocese offer Advent reconciliation services, encouraging us to stop, examine…Keep Reading

The Three Reveals of Advent — By Fr. Rich, OP

So, if the Gospel for the third Sunday in Advent were a show on HGTV (Home and Garden Television, for the uninitiated), there would be three separate “reveals.” Last week, John, the messenger, was preaching and baptizing repentance for sin. He proclaimed the imminent appearance of the Anointed one. He warned his listeners that judgement was coming and they needed to prepare.  And today, in response to John’s query, Jesus…Keep Reading

Repent this Advent Season

One of the reasons that our Scriptures are so powerful is their timeliness. We are constantly reminded that words penned centuries earlier, imbued with the power of the Holy Spirit, speak to us, bringing us to the scenes of Moses addressing the Chosen People, David dancing in front of the Tabernacle, and Isaiah encouraging the people. We are transported to those around Jesus as He draws His Disciples into His…Keep Reading

10 Beatitudes for Catholic Advocates — By Fr. Rich, OP

Although this list that I’ve included here is directed by the Missouri Catholic Conference toward Catholic Advocacy, I would offer that, as the season of Advent begins, we have an opportunity to set the tone for our lives as Catholics in the coming year. These “Ten beatitudes for Catholic Advocates” seem to be a solid foundation from which to proceed: BE PRAYERFUL — Unless the Lord builds the house, we…Keep Reading

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe — By Fr. Rich, OP

As I survey the landscape of our world these days, I find myself gravely challenged to engage the virtues of faith or hope. I look to Thanksgiving later this week and find myself wondering, as a Church, if we can be authentically thankful.    From the Gospel of November 13, Christ’s prophetic warning, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues…Keep Reading

Time for a Renewed Engagement — By Fr. Rich, OP

As I am writing this column in the middle of October, the election is still three weeks in the future. However, because of how the system works, this column has to be written prior to the election’s outcome. Rest assured that I am not aspiring to be prophetic in this effort. I can say, with some assurance, that the world is a different place than it was before November 8….Keep Reading