The Glory of the LORD

This Second Sunday of Lent we listen once again to the Gospel account of Jesus’ transfiguration.  As the Gospel acclamation was sung, and the deacon lifted the Book of the Gospels, I thought to myself: “We are fulfilling the command of God from the Gospel today.  This Gospel is Jesus, Read more…

Fire of Sin; Fire of Soul

I recently began reading Generations of Priests  by Thomas J. McGovern.  This book reviews the lives of ten saintly priests / bishops of our tradition.  The first reviews the life and writings of St. John Chrysostom (345 – 407).  St. John was known for his preaching and great use of 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…