Posts from January 2016

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“So faith, hope, love remain, these three, but the greatest of these is love.” (I Cor.13:13) Dear Friends, The readings for today talk about the cost of being a prophet. Jeremiah, Paul and Jesus were called by God to proclaim the Word of God despite persecution and rejection by the people. Ultimately, they were sent to proclaim Good News: the love of God which unites us…

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either.” (Golda Meir ) Dear Friends, Our Scripture this Sunday is filled with deep emotion. Sometimes in our culture being emotional is seen as a sign of weakness at best, or instability at worst. But the things that really move our heart are usually the most real things to…

Year of Mercy – January 2016

January 2016 – Welcome the Stranger In January, our family of four parishes is focusing on the corporal work of mercy – Welcome the Stranger. Also known as Shelter the Homeless, this work manifests in many ways in today’s world. Most obviously, there are people on our streets without a safe, decent place to sleep (a HUMAN RIGHT according to Catholic Social Teaching): in Milwaukee over 1500 people…

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Everybody can be great….because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.  (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) Dear Friends, As we continue this four week period of Ordinary Time in preparation for the beginning…

The Baptism of the Lord

The God of glory thunders, and in his temple all say, “Glory!” The Lord is enthroned above the flood; the Lord is enthroned as king forever. (Psalm 29) Dear Friends, As I watched the news of the floods affecting so many parts of the country right now, I was amazed at the power of water. At one and the same time, it is so essential…

The Epiphany of the Lord

Dear Friends, From a youngster on, I always loved Epiphany (aka Three Kings). Prior to the reforms of Vatican II, this feast was always celebrated on January 6. We moved the figures of the Magi and their servants and camels gradually throughout the house until they arrived in Bethlehem and offered their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They represented many nations…