Woman, Why Are You Weeping?

Twice in today’s Gospel, (John 20:11-18) Mary Magdalen is asked why she is weeping. She has kept vigil at the tomb, grieving the tragic crucifixion and death of Jesus.  The man who loved her with great mercy and forgiveness has been taken from her.  Now, on top of this grief, the empty tomb Read more…

Blessed Be The Lord …

Today, there is a Mass celebrated in the morning, which as a priest has always been a favorite of mine. Today, the Christmas story of St. Luke, which we have been reading for the past week, arrives at the proclamation of Zechariah, father of St. John the Baptist. Here is Read more…

God’s Holy, Faithful People

As I write this entry, I am in Burlington, Vermont for the installation of their new bishop, The Most Reverend Christopher Coyne.  Bishop Coyne was originally a priest from the Archdiocese of Boston, and in March of 2011 was ordained as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  Since Read more…

Christmas Greetings

Vatican Nativity Scene Well, friends, the eve of this Holy Night is upon us.  Please know of my deepest prayers for all of you as we celebrate the birth of the Savior. I pray this Christmas grants grace to all to better comprehend the mysterious ways of God.  May the Read more…

Gifts Received, Grown & Shared

Today’s Gospel gives another image of the Kingdom of God; its presence now, and its eventual fulfillment.  (Luke 19:11-28)  Each of us are given “gifts” (ten gold coins) by a nobleman (God/Jesus), and are told to engage in trade until I return.  Clearly, these gifts are given to be actively Read more…