The end of something should always allow a little time for thoughtful consideration of whatever it may be that is concluding. If it is something significant, perhaps some more time may be taken to evaluate and draw some relevant conclusions and possible future ideas. If not so significant, it may be time spent in shrugging […]
During one of my years studying Sacred Theology in Toronto, I worked in one of the local parishes. Since I was not yet a priest I usually wound up assisting at many of the Masses celebrated on any given Sunday. This is typical work for a seminarian and is generally enjoyed as a part of “internship” for the priesthood. As it turned out I was on deck for Trinity Sunday.
One of the priests, also a professor at one of the local universities, celebrated the early Mass and the last Mass of the day. For the early Mass his homily lasted about 35 minutes and resembled a college lecture. After the Mass, the pastor had a conversation with Father and asked him to use the intervening time between the Masses to bring his homily down to earth and cut the time at least in half. So off he went.
The next Mass found one of the local associates celebrating. He got to the pulpit after the proclamation of the Gospel and rapidly said: “Today is the feast of the Holy Trinity. St. Augustine didn’t understand it, St. Ambrose didn’t understand it; and I don’t understand it. It’s a mystery. We gotta believe it!” Then he began the Creed.
Father professor returned for the last Mass and went through his entire homily as at the earlier Mass – only faster. It was dizzyingly amazing! Needless to say, I don’t think the congregation walked away with too many tangible insights into the Blessed Trinity that day.
As we bask in the glory of Easter joy, we remind ourselves of our firm belief that Jesus Christ is alive. He is risen from the dead and is gloriously alive right now in heaven. Our focus, then, must center on how we live the mystery of the risen Christ among us here and now.
That causes us to consider how Jesus communicated himself to us and how he continues his living presence among us until he returns in glory, as he promised, at the end of the world. That, of course, calls our attention to his church (the people of God). The church, therefore, means something to us; it is important. As we reflect upon the church we must not necessarily be confined simply to the thought of an institution or an organization. The church is much bigger and more significant than that. We need to consider the church as the focus of the love of Jesus. She is personified, if you will, as the Bride of Christ (CCC 796).
Ready or not, here comes Holy Week. These days lead up to the celebration of the central mysteries of our faith, namely, the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Blessed Lord. These events along with the Ascension and the sending forth of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, form the heart and soul of the mission […]
“Remember you are dust; and into dust you shall return.” That little mantra sure is the showstopper of Ash Wednesday: and it really is enough to slow us down a little even into the ensuing days of Lent. We don’t always like to think about our mortality. Everyday that goes by, every commercial on television, […]
Last Saturday I celebrated the ordination to the priesthood of two Franciscans from the Assumption Province located in Franklin. The ordination was at St. Clare Church in Wind Lake and it was a magnificent event. The parents of both of the newly ordained, Fr. David and Fr. Jason, were so proud and shed more than one tear – but then, again, so did I!
As hard as it may seem to believe, the Year for Priests is already at its halfway mark. It has been a great time for me to reflect on the beauty and dignity of the priesthood and to pray for our seminarians especially the ones with whom I live at Saint Francis de Sales. We in the archdiocese are particularly blessed with the men whom God has sent our way.
Once again we come to the end of one year and the beginning of another. The transition is a passage of time and time is a special invention of God. It is more like his invitation to help us prepare for eternity – where there will be no time!
This concept of time is intriguing; in so many ways we seem to take it so much for granted. For example, New Year’s Day inspires ideas and resolutions about how we will use our time in the new year. Some of us may come up with resolutions for self-improvement, thoughts about jobs and career moves and other personal tasks that we may want to accomplish. More often than not, those ideas and resolutions take on some mighty large presumptions on God’s good will for our lives.
We stand at the mid-point of Advent – Gaudete Sunday. The “rose color” vestment of this Sunday reminds us that the liturgical season of Advent is nearly completed and we move on through the rest of the liturgical year with the celebration of Christmas. But wait; let’s not move too quickly away from Advent. While […]
I can barely set down the drumstick and the cranberry sauce before I have to pull out the Advent wreath. Yes, it is that time of the year. Are you ready? That may be the most significant question you will hear – over and over again for the next few weeks. Are you ready for […]
This weekly column allows our new archbishop, Bishop Sklba and me, an opportunity to provide uplifting and thought-provoking ideas and themes based on our beloved faith. I am happy to set aside some time and share good news concerning our Catholic schools. As you know, all departments of the archdiocesan central offices were drastically cut […]