Surrender To God

Today we celebrate the conversion of St. Paul.  His “immediate conversion” story is perhaps one of the best known accounts in all of Christian history.  For that reason, I am “struck” with the thought that no matter how powerfully God intervened in Saul’s life, there was still for him as Read more…

Christmas Homily

Merry Christmas! I wish to begin my reflection this evening / morning with a story, which seems to capture the event of the Incarnation: Imagine a child’s sandbox.  A young Dad is driving home from work.  In the backyard, in the sandbox, are his little daughter, and her younger brother, Read more…

Gift of Redemption

The summer before I entered the seminary, 1984, I built a grotto in the backyard.  I got the idea from my uncle, Fr. Bernie Voges, who built a shrine for the Blessed Mother in my Grandmother’s backyard.  I planted two small evergreens next to the grotto.  Today, the trees are Read more…

The Father’s Will

Thursday’s Gospel from Matthew clarifies again for us the common and continual focus of the Christian journey: Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.  These words of Jesus call us Read more…

Desire of Saints

The saints we honor today desired to walk in the Light of the presence of Christ.  They desired to live the will of God.  If not desiring the cross, they desired to carry it gracefully.  All we need do to imitate their lives and holiness, it to desire to live Read more…

Invasive Species

Another lesson from nature comes from the effort to remove invasive species from our woods. There is one tree, oddly enough named, Tree of Heaven, that is an invasive species, and must be controlled if not eradicated. Invasive species in a hardwood forest are synonymous with sin in the spiritual Read more…

Celibacy For The Kingdom

In Today’s Gospel, we hear the challenging words of Jesus regarding marriage and divorce.  After being asked by his disciples why Moses allowed divorce, Jesus replied:  Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.  I say Read more…

St. Joseph, Husband of Mary

As a pastor, I always placed the parish families, facilities and finances under the protection and intercession of St. Joseph, and he always provided for every parish.  As we celebrate his feast again today, I’m reminded to do the same now for the families, facilities and finances of the diocese.  Read more…