“…we are facing a global health emergency that is like nothing we have seen in our lifetimes. But our hope is in the Lord and we know that he will give us his grace and mercy in our time of need.” -Archbishop José H. Gomez Archdiocese of Los Angeles President of US Conference of Catholic Bishops … Continue reading “Coronavirus”

Remember and Celebrate

January 14th is the Anniversary of the passing of Msgr. Anthony Brouwers. How many of us can tell you the anniversary of the passing of a parent or loved one?  These dates, over time, serve as a day of memory rather than sadness, filled with opportunities to pray, remember with joy the lives of those … Continue reading “Remember and Celebrate”

New Year

So many have been looking forward to turning the page to a new year, there were even Christmas ornaments that tried to make light of some of our shared 2020 experiences. I admit I did learn to make sourdough bread, cleaned out closets, and found new ways to work from home. So we take a deep breath, head into … Continue reading “New Year”

So lets pause

2020 Christmas will most likely be different from any Christmas we have celebrated. There will be fewer family gatherings, fewer large events, and for some, the only Mass that they will attend will be virtual. It can be easy to feel sad about these changes, I know my husband and I are sad that we … Continue reading “So lets pause”

Nothing is Impossible

READINGS I Sam. 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38 “For nothing is impossible for God.” A short and pithy phrase at the end of today’s Gospel reading from Luke. A phrase which may roll smoothly off our tongues and sound very proper, Christian, and fitting but for us today is it only a … Continue reading “Nothing is Impossible”

Perfect Joy

READINGS Isa. 61:1-2a, 10-11 I Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28 Today is Gaudete Sunday (Joy) because two of the reading remind us of the importance of joy in our spiritual life. In particular, the reading from First Thessalonians tells us to “ Rejoice always’. But it does not tell us what joy is so how … Continue reading “Perfect Joy”


Readings Isa. 40: 1-5, 9-11; 2 Peter 3: 8-14; Mark 1:1-8 Hope seems to be in short supply nowadays. Corporate Media is constantly bombarding us with messages of fear, hate, and imminent destruction whether from war, totalitarianism, or a virus. Some political leaders are even telling people not to celebrate Christmas.  And we, as humans, … Continue reading “Hope”

Imperfect Vessels

In reflecting on the life of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of Mission, this year something different stood out for me. Perhaps it is the result of it being 2020, knowing this year is unlike any other we’ve experienced, the twists and turns finding new ways to support our partners. St. Francis’ success in … Continue reading “Imperfect Vessels”

All Saints and All Souls

November 1st, the Feast of All Saints is a celebration of the communion of saints, those people we believe are in heaven, through good works and God’s grace.  Among the saints are the ones who are recognized by the Church as Saints and the many who have worked in their lives, although unrecognized, are also counted … Continue reading “All Saints and All Souls”