Living the Joy of the Gospel

Don’t Live a Lie

One day, my son was explaining to his mother that he felt she had lied to him. It was nothing very important, but he wanted to take this opportunity to share how important telling the truth is to him. He explained that he simply tells it like it is in all aspects of his life. But an hour later, we caught him in a lie! Again, it was not about a matter of life and...

Live a Life of Mercy

February 14, 2020  •   Angie Windnagle For Sunday, February 23, 20207th Sunday in Ordinary Time   Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-181 Corinthians 3:16-23Matthew 5:38-48 Recently, I posted a controversial article on social media, and not surprisingly, I was met with a slew of responses from friends describing ways they either agreed or disagreed with me. It was like a lot of social media debates — one sided, heated, and in the end, somewhat pointless. As I reflected, I...

Drop Your Nets and Be Free

There are times I wish I had no obligations. It would be great to take my wife’s hand, hop in the car, and drive into the sunset. Where we were going would not matter as much as the fact that we would have nowhere we had to be. There would be nothing we had to do. No bills. No commitments. No problems. Freedom! Life doesn’t work like that, however. When Jesus came along and asked...

Carry the Light of the Faith

January 24, 2020  •   Br. Silas Henderson For Sunday, February 2, 2020The Presentation of the Lord Malachi 3:1-4Hebrews 2:14-18Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22-32 St. Luke tells us that Mary and Joseph, in keeping with the Law of Moses, presented the Child Jesus to God in the Temple in Jerusalem 40 days after his birth. This would also have been the time of Mary’s ritual purification following the birth of her child. We read that they offered to...

Centered On the Light of Christ

January 17, 2020  •   Angie Windnagle For Sunday, January 26, 20203rd Sunday in Ordinary Time   Isaiah 8:23—9:31 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17Matthew 4:12-23 or 4:12-17 Looking up at the stars on a warm, quiet night is one of my favorite things to do. I revel in the chance to soak in the vastness around me, staring at the charming character of stars that are so massive and powerful in existence but seem so tiny to my eyes....

Heal Our Blindness

The value of stewardship living is difficult to see unless we are experiencing that way of life for ourselves. You can read 100 Everyday Stewardship reflections and go to church every Sunday, but unless you are actively growing in faith and trying to live a life of generous stewardship, you cannot see the power of such a lifestyle. Like most things, we need direct, purposeful experiences to really understand. I worked in a stewardship parish...

LESSONS FROM BAPTIZING A FROG

January 10, 2020  •   Tracy Earl Welliver I used to lead an RCIA session on baptism, where I would bring in my Kermit the Frog toy from when I was a child and pretend to baptize it. It was a session I especially made sure I led when we had children preparing for Easter sacraments. You would think Kermit would have become super holy having been baptized so many times, year after year. But, if he...

Increasing the Reign of Christ

Br. John-Marmion Villa For Sunday, January 19, 20202nd Sunday in Ordinary Time   Isaiah 49:3, 5-61 Corinthians 1:1-13John 1:29-34 As I’m writing this reflection, I am taking pause from writing a talk for an upcoming Diocesan Youth Conference. I’m preparing a brief overview of Christian history, hitting only major highlights for this 45-minute presentation. In coming into the 21st century, one cannot pass by Pope Leo XIII chanting the Veni Creator Spiritus on January 1,...

Follow God’s Voice to Safety

For Sunday, December 29th, 2019 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14Colossians 3:12-21 or 3:12-17Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 Christmas naturally brings with it thoughts of family, especially our families of origin. These thoughts are laced with myriad emotions, ranging from tender memories for some to painful memories of loneliness, abandonment, loss, and sadness for others. Unlike the Holy Family who fled the grasp of Herod, we cannot flee our family memories. We...