8 October, Friday — Catholics In A Strange Time

Friday of Week 27 in Ordinary Time Joel 1:13-15;2:1-2Lk 11:15-26 “But on arrival, finding it swept and tidied, it then goes off and brings seven other spirits more wicked than itself...and set up house there...” I turned 46 this year. And though 46 is not a milestone birthday by any stretch, the fact that ‘mid-life’... Continue Reading →

6 October, Wednesday — Schadenfreude

Oct 6 – Memorial for St. Bruno, Priest St. Bruno (1030–1101) was educated in Paris and Rheims, France. He was ordained in 1055. He taught theology, and one of his students later became Blessed Pope Urban II. He presided over the cathedral school at Rheims from 1057 to 1075. He criticised the worldliness he saw in... Continue Reading →

5 July, Monday — On Action

Jul 5 – Memorial for St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Priest St. Anthony (1502-1539) studied medicine at Padua, receiving his doctorate at age 22. Working among the poor in Cremona, he felt called to the religious life. He was ordained at age 26; legend says that angels were seen around the altar at his first Mass.... Continue Reading →

4 July, Sunday — 4th of July

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Eze 2:2-52 Cor 12:7-10Mk 6:1-6 I was given a thorn in the flesh…. to beat me and stop me from getting too proud. Just before Thanksgiving last year, I received word from the United States government that my application for citizenship had finally been approved. It was a surreal feeling,... Continue Reading →

17 April, Saturday — On Doubt And Fear

Acts 6:1-7Jn 6:16-21 It is I. Do not be afraid. There’s an old trope, ‘The devil’s in the details’, that I’ve been ruminating over a lot this last week. Working out the fine print for any life decision is always daunting -- sometimes enough to put you off even pursuing it. Everyone wants the dream.... Continue Reading →

16 April, Friday — Surviving Scarcity

Friday of the 2nd Week of Eastertide Acts 5:34-42Jn 6:1-15 So they picked them up, and filled twelve hampers with scraps left over from the meal of five barley loaves. Scarcity brings out the worst in people’s true characters. All of this was made abundantly clear in 2020 when, during COVID, America found itself facing... Continue Reading →

15 April, Thursday — Finding Courage

Thursday of the 2nd Week of Eastertide Acts 5:27-33Jn 3:31-36 “When they heard this, they became infuriated and wanted to put them to death” It seems like ‘cancel culture’ was a thing even back in the days of the Apostles!! Yesterday, we talked about my difficulty with finding the right words to say to a... Continue Reading →

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