Posts from June 2016

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement, namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. But if you go on biting and devouring one another, beware that you are not consumed by one another.” (St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, ch. 5) Dear Friends, St. Paul’s words are so appropriate for the current climate we are living in. In an election year that has…

Year of Mercy – June 2016

June 2016 – Visit the Imprisoned The issue of imprisonment is a significant one in our day, especially in our country, and most especially in our local community. Of the 223 countries listed in one article, the U.S. has the 2nd highest rate of incarceration (698 per 100,000 people) of any country. The U.S. has about 4.5% of the world population, but around 22% of…

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends, It was only a week ago that our country went into mourning as we heard of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history with 50 dead and 53 others injured at the gay night club known as the Pulse in Orlando, Florida. In the first reading, the prophet Zechariah expresses our sorrow, even though the historical circumstances were different. “….they shall…

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

“One who accompanies others has to realize that each person’s situation before God and their life in grace are mysteries which no one can fully know from without.” (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, par. 172) Dear Friends, As I get older I hope I am growing in a bit of wisdom. One thing I am trying not to do as much as I…

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends, Now that we have completed most of the Solemnities of the Lord, we begin Ordinary Time in earnest with two stories of a widow who had lost her son and how God intervened in their lives. The plight of the widow of Nain is captured in a limerick, a five-line, rhyming poem. There once was a widow of Nain whose…