SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER The reading from the Acts of the Apostles today describes the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Apostolic Church as thousands of people became converts. Through belief in the name of Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, manyRead More →

Tonight, as we celebrate this Easter vigil, by word and song and light and water. The church comes to life. Sixteen centuries ago, Saint Augustine called the Easter Vigil the “Mother of all vigils,” the most beautiful liturgy in the entire church year. This was a night of vigil forRead More →

It was preparation day – the day on which the Jewish high-priest slaughtered the Passover lambs for the Feast of Passover – the feast celebrating the exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. It was a Friday: the city of Jerusalem was filled with people buying and sellingRead More →

Gathering for this mass of Holy Thursday, we join Christians all over the world as we visit the upper room in Jerusalem to remember all that Jesus said and did on the night before He laid down His life for us. We have listened to the Apostle, St. John, asRead More →

In the Gospel today, Saint John reports the seventh and final Miracle which Jesus worked on his way to Jerusalem and the Cross. This was the Miracle which infuriated the priests and the leaders: the Miracle, which led to his arrest, trial and crucifixion. On the Tuesday before Palm Sunday,Read More →

In the gospel today on this feast of the Holy Family, we hear the rich story of the flight into Egypt. Joseph is the man who is deeply committed to his family. He is willing to take great risks, endure tremendous hardships, become homeless and a refugee for the sakeRead More →

In a meeting that took place in a cemetery on the Friday before Palm Sunday, Martha (the sister of Lazarus) said to Jesus: “Lord, if you would have been here, my brother would never have died.” “Your brother will rise again”, Jesus said to her. “ “I know that heRead More →

During the persecution of Christians by the Emperor Licinius at the beginning of the Fourth century, a group of forty soldiers refused to take part in idolatrous pagan worship. They declared that they were Christian soldiers and that they were ready to die for their Faith. When they refused toRead More →

In the chapters of St. Luke’s Gospel leading up to the events of today’s Gospel, Jesus gave his disciples a lot to live up to. He told them that if they were going to be His followers, they would have to practice humility. They would have to accept Him unconditionallyRead More →

When we were children we had to learn a certain number of table manners: don’t put your elbows on the table, don’t slurp your milk, eat your vegetables, don’t try to talk with your mouth full, use your fork and not your fingers, don’t play with your food, sit upRead More →