Serenity of Pope Francis & St. Joseph

“If there’s a problem, I write a note to St. Joseph and put it under a statue that I have in my room. It is the statue of St. Joseph sleeping”. This is what the Pope said in an exchange with 140 Superiors General of masculine Religious Congregations on November 25, 2016, in the framework…

The Woman at the Well with St. Augustine

St. Augustine here reflects on the famous conversation in the Gospel of John between Jesus and the Samaritan woman who came to draw water from the well.  He sees her as a symbol for the Gentiles who are called to conversion and faith and who are promised the gift of the Holy Spirit in abundance.…

The Return of the Prodigal Son

Today we are presented with the parable of the Prodigal Son. We cannot help but recall Rembrandt’s famous painting; an image which draws us to the loving embrace of the father. “For most of my life I have struggled to find God, to know God, to love God. I have tried hard to follow the…

Prayer

Matthew 6:6-7: “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.  And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for…

Grandpa

Grandpa why do cows have horns? Grandpa why is my book torn.? Its grandpa this and grandpa that Grandpa why are cats called cats.? They say asking questions is part of learning But how my poor old bones are yearning For a newspaper and a quiet nap When someone sky dives into my lap. I’m…

Tenth Station of the Cross

  Jesus willingly accepted this humiliation of being jeered at and mocked so that we may be forgiven, just as He had accepted all of His Suffering up to this point. This also must have been unbearably painful for Our Blessed Mother and those with her as they stood nearby. This was one more sword…

How Do I Go to Confession?

Lent is a time for metanoia – for turning back to the Lord. We strive to turn away from sin, and be faithful to the Gospel. The Sacrament of Confession is a wonderful sacrament of healing. In this sacrament, we hear the words of Christ, spoken through the priest: “I absolve you from your sins…” Let…