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”

Father’s Day

As Fathers’ Day approaches, I’ve been thinking about what a blessing it is to be a father to my three kids.  Thankfully, I’ve met a lot of great fathers in my life who have been examples to me of what it means to love and sacrifice for their families, foremost being my own dad.  He … Continue reading “Father’s Day”

World Refugee Day, 2020

Today is the United Nations World Refugee Day1. Whether a person is still living as a refugee or has returned to their home, displaced within their own country or to another, seeking asylum status or not, still possessing a nationality or “stateless”, they possess a common “well-founded fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, … Continue reading “World Refugee Day, 2020”

One Bread, One Body

Sunday is the Feast of Corpus Christi – many of us have not received the Eucharist in physical form for a few months – but in offering this as a sacrifice for the well-being of others, I believe that this also gives me the opportunity to be in solidarity with those who are not able … Continue reading “One Bread, One Body”