Month: November 2017

Giving Thanks

Today is a national holiday of Thanks-giving. Wherever you are, and whoever you are with, I pray this day will be a blessing to you, and that you will find some time to call to mind the things for which you are thankful. A helpful place to begin with such a reflection is with God, who is the creator of all things, the One from whom all blessings flow. Faith is a good sense for reviewing one’s life – the full scope of one’s experience.  Faith alone is something for which to be grateful.  To […]

Sharing God’s Gifts

Today is the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, a day which Pope Francis dedicated as the World Day of Prayer for the Poor. Our Gospel today comes from St. Matthew (25:14-30) and is the familiar story of the talents.  As is often the case, a clue for understanding this passage lies in the first line: “A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them.” Do we recognize that all we have is given us by God? And what we have is given us according to our ability.  God […]

Humility, Loving Service, Unity

Our readings this weekend are about humility and gentleness in the manner in which we live our faith. Even though we do not hear from the Prophet Micah this weekend, his words echo in my heart: To act justly, to love tenderly, to walk humbly with your God. It is important to look to Christ as our model.  He, as God, humbled himself to come to earth, and take on our human condition.  Without abandoning his Divinity, he took on our humanity.  He came to reveal to humanity the reality of God, and he did […]

STATEMENT ON THE EMERGING CRISIS IN PUERTO RICO AND THE RESPONSE BY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

                                       Photos courtesy of Bob Roller, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON—In a November 2 statement, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chair of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Archbishop Paul D. Etienne of Anchorage, Alaska, Chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions, called on Catholics and people of good will across the United States to remember those who continue to suffer in Puerto Rico and surrounding islands in the wake […]

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