Palm Sunday — By Fr. Rich

Our Lenten journey brings us yet again to the outskirts of Jerusalem. “The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road… and those following kept crying out and saying: ‘Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is the he who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.’ …the whole city was shaken and asked, ‘Who is this?’… ‘This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth in…Keep Reading

Reviewing the Sundays of Lent — By Fr. Rich, OP

Let’s review. Jesus, following his baptism by John in the Jordan, is driven by the Spirit into the desert and tempted by the Master Tempter. He delivers a ringing indictment of that Tempter, “It is written: The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve” (Matthew 4:10). That’s the 1st Sunday of Lent. The 40 days in the desert prepared Jesus for his encounter with Satan…Keep Reading

Coming Together in Our Weaknesses — By Fr. Rich, OP

Throughout salvation history, God’s presence in the lives of broken humanity showed us that God did indeed have a plan for the restoration of the relationship between Himself and His creatures. Most of the major characters that we revere, whose interactions we study and contemplate, were rascals to a greater or lesser degree. And today, the reading from 1 Samuel contains this, “But the LORD said to Samuel… Not as…Keep Reading

Honoring Those Jesus Honored — By Fr. Rich, OP

Wednesday, March 8, was International Women’s Day. It flowed from the energy still radiating from the Women’s March on January 21.  It is an energy that radiates from the hearts and minds of women seeking honor, respect, equality, support, protection from injustice, demanding a voice. Centuries ago, in a land faraway, Jesus Christ offered those things and more in a simple, one-on-one conversation with an outcast woman. Examined closely, this…Keep Reading

“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