“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy”(Mt 5:7)
As a child of God living in the 21st Century, I am a witness of difference: in race, skin color, sex, gender, politics, and religion. All these differences unfortunately have led to conflict, have led many ultimately Read More ››
I am often amazed at what Hollywood can do with some of the special effects in the movies created these days. While sitting in the theatre, it is easy to feel as if we are transported to a place that doesn’t truly exist while speaking to Read More ››
In the Gospel for today, it is said that Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were “fearful, yet overjoyed” (Mt 28:8) upon realizing that Christ had risen from the dead, and went to go tell his disciples.
In light of the Resurrection, which we celebrated yesterday on Read More ››
A few years ago, when I was in seminary, I was fortunate enough to be able to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. It’s one of the most extraordinary places I’ve ever been. During our visit to Jerusalem I got up very early one Read More ››
It’s Holy Saturday and our Lenten pilgrimage is coming to a close. If you have not been able to live out all your aspirations for a deeper spiritual connection with Jesus it’s still not too late. Holy Mother Church gives us one more opportunity to enter Read More ››
What a paradoxical phrase “Good Friday” can be for some of us, considering what we commemorate today: the brutal, bloody death of Jesus Christ. But today isn’t just a day of somber remembrance; it’s also an occasion of hopeful anticipation and deep gratitude.
As Christians, we find Read More ››
We’ve finally made it. It’s the Triduum! These next three days are some of the most powerful, sacred days in our calendar. These are the days when our salvation was accomplished by Our Lord and Savior on the Cross! “But before his arms were outstretched between Read More ››
Consider Jesus in the Agony in the Garden. Weighed down with fear and anxiety, crippled with weariness and pain, He puts Himself in the one place where He can find true rest: the embrace of the Father in prayer. And Jesus cries out to the heart Read More ››
In today’s Gospel, we hear Saint John’s account of Judas’s early departure from the Last Supper. Saint John remarks that, “After Judas took the morsel, Satan entered him.” Judas was tempted by the devil to derail the plan for salvation. In Blessed John Henry Newman’s Mediations Read More ››
And so we enter into Holy Week. Yesterday, we celebrated Our Lord’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, greeting Him with palms, excitement, and joy! But today, we hear of the Lord’s servant who, like a “lamb led to the slaughter” (Is 53:7), did not cry out, who Read More ››
Each day, two desires contest with each other within us. The first is a desire for satisfaction, in a selfish way. The second is a desire for purification, in a humble way.
Every instinct of our fallen human nature rebels against the idea of purification. To the Read More ››
Somehow we find ourselves in the fifth week of Lent, just days away from the start of Holy Week. At this point in the season, some of us are feeling worn down by our Lenten sacrifices and commitments, while others are regretting the resolutions we didn’t Read More ››
“and Jesus wept…”
Jesus, upon finding that his friend Lazarus died, wept. He didn’t just feel a solitary tear roll down his cheek; he didn’t just feel sad; he didn’t just cry. Jesus wept. The Son of God, the second person of the Blessed Trinity wept over Read More ››
As with any journey we may be on, whether a holiday trip, a much-needed vacation with family and friends, or a shopping excursion that promises to give us the best deal, we may tend to ask the question, “Are we there yet?” The same can be Read More ››
“So you just…sit in your office and tweet all day?”
I have worked for the Diocese of Bridgeport for more than two wonderful years, serving an incredible Bishop, and reporting on events with enormous spiritual significance, yet I must hear this quote once a day. I don’t Read More ››
Here are the things that have consumed my heart and mind in the last week: shop; finish talk outlines; do last minute prep for our Life Teen Winter Retreat with 30 teens and 10 leaders; organize our Life Teen Pancake Dinner that feeds about 50-60 families Read More ››
St. John Chrysostom in the 4th century preached, “Whenever…you see a poor believer, imagine that you behold an altar. Whenever you meet a beggar, don’t insult him, but reverence him.” Spiritually speaking, the poor person becomes a living altar on which we can offer our charitable Read More ››
When I was maybe eight or nine, I gave up TV for Lent. At the time, it seemed nearly impossible, and I was proud of challenging myself.
One Lenten evening, my family gathered in our living room to watch TV. Since I had given it up, I Read More ››
Growing up in a Catholic family, Lent was not particularly my favorite time of year. The idea of giving up something that I like was rather harsh in my eyes. But as I’ve grown up, the true meaning of Lent has started to become more apparent Read More ››
February 5th was the BIG Day. It was SUPER BOWL Sunday. It was the opportune moment for family gatherings and fun times even if the favorite team did not reach our expectations.
So, let’s try some Monday morning quarter backing in a rather different sphere. February, with Read More ››
As was Jewish Law, 40 days after the birth of a male child, the mother was to present the child in the Temple along with a lamb for a burnt offering to God and a turtle dove or pigeon for a purification offering. At the time, Read More ››
I’m often asked how I keep my faith life alive and well in college. The answer is quite simple…I try.
I don’t particularly know if there is an answer, a secret to keeping faith alive in college. However, I do know that I just try to keep Read More ››
Another year has concluded and most of us barely crawled across the finish line. Reflecting on 2016, it was a wild ride full of ups and downs. But we would not have been able to make it through if it was not for the grace of Read More ››
With the Baptism of the Lord, we arrive at the end of the Christmas Season, a time marked by the tender love and humility of God who became man in the poverty of a stable in Bethlehem to be with us always and save us. These Read More ››
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
in the days of King Herod,
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage. (Matthew 2:1-2)
Epiphany is the feast where Read More ››