Blessed Are The Meek

Today the Church celebrates the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola.  He was one of several great saints that lived during what could be called the Golden Age of the Church.  Born in 1491, he was one of several saints the Lord raised up during the time of the Reformation. Read more…

The Beauty of Marriage

Today I had the distinct pleasure of returning to a parish where I served as pastor for nine years to celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony for a lovely couple. The groom was only 15 years old when I arrived in 1998 as pastor. I quickly came to know and Read more…

Faith In Final Victory!

How we doing, Church?  Does it still feel like Easter Sunday?  If it does, good for you!  If it doesn’t, then lean on the cross for the victory and hope it holds.  I recall the words of an old Italian priest friend of mine while a seminarian in Rome.  When Read more…

Thy Kingdom Come…

As we prepare to usher in a new liturgical year, we pray that old familiar phrase…thy Kingdom come!  For those of us who live in the northern part of the country, nature itself in this transition from fall to winter is a great teacher.  Everything around us goes into a Read more…

Treasure In Heaven

This weekend’s Gospel (Luke 12: 32-48) gives a simple message: “The Father is pleased to give you the Kingdom.”  Jesus is speaking to His disciples.  He is ultimately speaking of heaven, as the text says explicitly in the next line.  However, Jesus is also speaking of the founding of His Read more…