You will see greater things than this.

SAINTS MICHAEL, GABRIEL, AND RAPHAEL, ARCHANGELS (FEAST)   You will see greater things than this.  Do you remember the first time you took a trip on an airplane? Most likely you were amazed when, as the plane took off, you saw the ground beneath you getting...

They did not understand.

SAINTS COSMAS AND DAMIAN, MARTYRS (OPTIONAL MEMORIAL)   They did not understand.    The disciples couldn’t figure out what Jesus meant when he told them that he was to be “handed over to men” (Luke 9:44). But this wasn’t the first time—nor would it be the...

a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.

25TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME   . . . a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.    What a challenging year we’ve had! The coronavirus has turned our lives upside down. What we used to take for granted—that schools and businesses would be open, that...

All things are vanity!

25TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME   All things are vanity!    Today’s Old Testament reading (Ecclesiastes 1:2-11) comes from one of the great pieces of world literature. Like Wisdom and Proverbs, Ecclesiastes contains wise sayings assembled by an unknown author....

Take nothing for the journey

SAINT PIUS OF PIETRELCINA (PADRE PIO), PRIEST (MEMORIAL)   Take nothing for the journey.    “Lord, these words are hard. I know you were speaking to your disciples when you sent them out to evangelize, but how does this relate to me? You have called me to...

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