• Hosanna: A Palm Sunday Reflection

    April 5, 2020 by

    The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Matthew 21:9 We chant “hosanna” every time we got to Mass, but what does it mean? “Hosanna” is a Hebrew exclamation… Read more

  • This Sunday’s Gospel: April 5, 2020

    April 4, 2020 by

    Matthew 26:14-27:66 One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over. On the… Read more

  • How I Overcame Spiritual Comparison

    April 1, 2020 by

    Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10 I think we all struggle with comparison to some degree. I think everyone at some point… Read more

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    Why I’m Making a Home Altar

    March 30, 2020 by

    “Please, let us make a little walled upper chamber and let us set a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; and it shall be, when he comes to us, that he can turn in there.” 2 Kings 4:10 I read a priest’s tweet a while ago that said… Read more

  • Christ in Me Arise

    March 29, 2020 by

    Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die, and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26 Do you believe this? My first reaction is yes, absolutely! I find that I trust Jesus… Read more

  • This Sunday's Gospel: March 29, 2020

    March 28, 2020 by

    John 11:1-45 Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who had anointed the Lord with perfumed oil and dried his feet with her hair; it was her brother Lazarus who was ill. So the sisters sent word to him saying, “Master, the… Read more

  • Losing Control

    March 26, 2020 by

    “Like a city breached, without walls, is one who lacks self-control.” Proverbs 25:28 Woooooo. Zing. Ya got me Lord.  I was running the other day at the gym, listening to my crappy pop dance party workout music (as one does), and the song I was listening to had the line “lose control” in it. As… Read more

  • Following the 3 Pillars of Lent

    Following the 3 Pillars of Lent

    March 24, 2020 by

    Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father, who is in Heaven. Matthew 6:1 How’s your Lent going now that it’s about halfway over? If it’s not going as well as you hoped, a good way to get back… Read more

  • Be Thou My Vision

    March 22, 2020 by

    Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you are saying, ‘We see,’ so your sin remains.” John 9:41 Although Jesus physically heals the blind, he uses blindness versus sight as an allegory in this Sunday’s Gospel. To those who are “blind” Jesus will give sight. This blindness… Read more

  • This Sunday’s Gospel: March 22, 2020

    March 21, 2020 by

    John 9:1-41 As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him. We have to… Read more

  • St. Joseph: Protector of the Holy Family

    March 19, 2020 by

    “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit;” Matthew 1:20 Throughout his life, St. Joseph was hard working, yet humble, and he always made protecting Jesus and Mary his first priority. In the Bible, he never spoke a word.… Read more

  • Christ Beside Me: A St. Patrick’s Day Reflection

    March 17, 2020 by

    Christ be within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ inquired, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger. St. Patrick Here’s a fun fact… Read more

  • Water of Life

    March 15, 2020 by

    Jesus said to her, “Every one who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14 It’s the third Sunday of… Read more

  • This Sunday’s Gospel: March 15, 2020

    March 14, 2020 by

    John 4:5-42 Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there. Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well. It was about noon. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her,… Read more

  • You Have Redeemed the World

    March 13, 2020 by

    And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe, and put his own clothes on him, and led him away to crucify him. Matthew 27:31 I started praying Stations of the Cross when I was in Kindergarten. When I was in Catholic elementary school, the students and staff would gather in the… Read more

  • The Size of a Mustard Seed

    March 11, 2020 by

    For truly I say to you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20 Two years ago, I went on a life-changing mission trip to Nicaragua. This spring break mission… Read more

  • Transfigure Us, O Lord

    March 8, 2020 by

    And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light. Matthew 17:2 What comes to mind when you hear the word Lent? Does it imply a somber season of mourning and penance? Maybe you adopt a gloomy demeanor during this season. You might gravitate towards… Read more

  • This Sunday’s Gospel: March 8, 2020

    March 7, 2020 by

    Matthew 17:1-9 Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,conversing with him. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,… Read more

  • 22 Years

    March 4, 2020 by

    Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 How often do you count your blessings? How often do you thank God for everything he has blessed you with? Do you ever look around at your friends, family,… Read more

  • Throughout These 40 Days

    March 1, 2020 by

    But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. Matthew 6:6 I always start Lent zealously, excited for a much-needed season of spiritual renewal. I make grand plans of things to fast from, ways to… Read more

  • This Sunday’s Gospel: March 1, 2020

    February 29, 2020 by

    Matthew 4:1-11 At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry. The tempter approached and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.”… Read more

  • To Dust You Shall Return

    February 26, 2020 by

    Repent and believe in the Gospel Mark 1:15 When God made the first man and woman, he didn’t create them out of thin air. First, he crafted Adam from the Earth before breathing life into him. He used the same process for Eve, adding a rib from Adam’s side. Yes, we were created in the… Read more

  • Soil of the Soul

    February 24, 2020 by

    But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. Matthew 13:23 The Parable of the Sower and the Seeds is one that I’ve heard numerous times throughout my life. Instead of letting it become stale, I try to find something new in it every time I read… Read more

  • This Sunday’s Gospel: February 23, 2020

    February 22, 2020 by

    Mark 9:2-13 Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus. Then Peter… Read more

  • My Second Home, The Newman Center

    February 20, 2020 by

    The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. Matthew 7:25 Going to the Newman Center is like going back inside your warm house after playing in the snow. Playing outside is nice for a… Read more

  • “Let it Be Done:” Why I’m Doing Fiat 90

    February 17, 2020 by

    Then Mary turned to the servants and said to them, “Do whatever he tells you.” John 2:5 These are Mary’s last recorded words in the Bible, and they still apply to us today. She points us toward her son and gently tells us to follow him, doing whatever he tells us to do. Her advice… Read more

  • This Sunday’s Gospel: February 16, 2020

    February 15, 2020 by

    Matthew 5:17-37 Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from… Read more

  • I Love You

    February 14, 2020 by

    For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. John 3:16 What do you think of when you think of Valentine’s Day? Does it conjure images of red roses, chocolate-covered strawberries, chalky conversation hearts, or awkward middle… Read more

  • What is Lectio Divina?

    February 11, 2020 by

    If you enjoy reading scripture, or if you’re looking for a place to start, or if you’re trying to find a new way to pray, or if you want to hear the Lord speak to you, I highly recommend Lectio Divina. Meaning “Divine Reading,” Lectio Divina involves praying with scripture in a contemplative way to allow God to speak to you in a personal way.

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