Readings: Exodus 20: 1-17; I. Cor. 1: 22-25; John 2: 13-25. Who likes rules and regulations? I know of no one who relishes being told what to do; it used to be inherent in our character as Americans to resist any attempt to restrain our freedoms. So how do we relate to the first reading … Continue reading “Commandments”


READINGS: Genesis 22: 1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Romans 8: 31b-34; Mark 9: 2-10. Who hasn’t made the traditional “New Year’s Resolutions’ for self-improvement? Or who has not dreamed of the day when not shackled by some bad habit, sinful inclination, or a character flaw? We all do and, as Americans, concern about ‘self-help’ has been … Continue reading “Transformation”

Never Alone

READINGS: GENESIS 9: 8-15; I PETER 3: 18-22; MARK 1: 12-15. Remember the last time you traveled through a desert; perhaps it was the Mohave Desert or that Sonoran Desert of Arizona and Mexico. Do you remember what you experienced? If you are like most people what was most striking is the seemingly barren, dry … Continue reading “Never Alone”

Ash Wednesday

Readings: Joel 2: 12-18; II Cor. 5:20-6:2; Matt. 6: 1-6; 1-18. There is much focus nowadays on the environment and our relationship to it. While much of this is framed in apocalyptic terms which induce endless hand-wringing with a sense not only of impending doom but of human powerlessness. And who needs that? So many … Continue reading “Ash Wednesday”

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”