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

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