Posts from December 2015

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”   (George Bernard Shaw) Dear Friends, As we celebrate the wonderful feast of the Holy Family, we sometimes are tempted to compare ourselves to the bond of love shared between Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, and find ourselves feeling a bit inadequate. Anyone who has ever been…

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. (Lk 1:39-40) Dear Friends, We are much closer to the coming feast of Christmas, and this Sunday we focus more on the immediate events preceding the birth of the Savior. I recommend the movie The Nativity for its portrayal of the events that…

Third Sunday of Advent

“Exhorting them in many other ways, John the Baptist preached good news to the people.” (Luke, ch. 3) Dear Friends, We are all called to preach the good news to people. Though not all are called to preach with words, we are all called to preach with ACTIONS. In the gospel this Sunday, people asked John the Baptist what they should do, and he gave immediate and simple ways…

Year of Mercy – December 2015

December 2015 – Visit the Sick The second work of mercy on which we shine a light can be so powerful, but it can also be very difficult. When someone is sick, medicine can go a long way towards healing, but the strength of medicine is much different than the intangible power that comes from the presence of another person. When we encounter illness (especially…

Second Sunday of Advent

Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. (Taken from Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter on the Year of Mercy) Dear Friends, Did you know that God works for the DOT and is about the business of road construction and rebuilding? Anyone who lives in the greater Milwaukee area knows that we are in the midst of massive freeway reconstruction. Cranes can be seen downtown…