A Model of Forgiveness: St. Maria Goretti’s Story

But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:44 St. Maria Goretti is easily one of the most beloved Saints of our times. At just 11 years old, she wasn’t “too young” to be a Saint, setting an example for all of us to stay strong inContinue reading “A Model of Forgiveness: St. Maria Goretti’s Story”

This Sunday’s Gospel: July 5, 2020

Mathew 11:25-30 At that time Jesus exclaimed:“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,for although you have hidden these thingsfrom the wise and the learnedyou have revealed them to little ones.Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.All things have been handed over to me by my Father.No one knows the SonContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: July 5, 2020”

God Bless America

There is a famine in America. Not a famine of food, but of love, truth, and life. St. Teresa of Calcutta Tomorrow is the 4th of July, which entails a day of cookouts, yard games, fireworks, and family fun to celebrate America’s independence. We often hear the cliches that America is the best country inContinue reading “God Bless America”

When You Need Your Mom

What a joy it is to remember that she is our mother! Since she loves us and knows our weakness, what have we to fear? St. Therese of Lisieux I think everyone to some degree wants to be like their mom. When I was growing up and even now that I’m an adult, I’m intriguedContinue reading “When You Need Your Mom”

This Sunday’s Gospel: June 28, 2020

Matthew 10:37-42 Jesus said to his apostles:“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me,and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;and whoever does not take up his crossand follow after me is not worthy of me.Whoever finds his life will lose it,and whoever losesContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: June 28, 2020”

5 Intentional Ways to Create Community

And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they partook of food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:47-48 In my last post, I talkedContinue reading “5 Intentional Ways to Create Community”

We’re Made for Community

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 When I was in college, I learned from the Newman Center and our FOCUS missionaries the importance of community. Looking back on my time at Slippery Rock, I always had something to do at the Newman Center, and someone who I loved was always there.Continue reading “We’re Made for Community”

This Sunday’s Gospel: June 21, 2020

Matthew 10:26-33 Jesus said to the Twelve:“Fear no one.Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,nor secret that will not be known.What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;rather,Continue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: June 21, 2020”

The Power of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

There is in the Sacred Heart the symbol and express image of the infinite love of Jesus Christ which moves us to love in return. Pope Leo XIII For as long as I can remember, I’ve been surrounded by images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. At home and in my little Catholic Elementary Schools,Continue reading “The Power of the Sacred Heart of Jesus”

This Sunday’s Gospel: June 14, 2020

John 6:51-58 Jesus said to the Jewish crowds:“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;whoever eats this bread will live forever;and the bread that I will giveis my flesh for the life of the world.” The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”Jesus said to them,“Amen,Continue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: June 14, 2020”