July 31, 2020: Memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Saint Ignatius of Loyola is one of my favorite saints, and has had a tremendous impact on my spiritual life.  Ignatius, as you probably know, founded the Society of Jesus, or as they are commonly known, the Jesuits.  I would not be a priest today – I would not be the person I am today – without the influence of some truly good and holy Jesuits throughout my life.  So I spent just a few minutes reflecting on him today.

Totally forgot to work today’s scripture readings into this reflection.  Pretty sure I failed to do that at Mass, too.  Oh well.

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July 26, 2020: 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

I’m back, by popular demand.  There have been calls for me to resume these posts on a daily basis…that might not be very practical, but I’ll see what I can do.  Certainly, I’ll do better than I have been doing.

Today’s readings are found here.

I make a number of references to what St. Thomas Aquinas has to say about wisdom.  (No surprise, really.)  It all comes from the Summa Theologica,  II-IIae, q. 45, a.1, 3, and 6.  If you’re really that interested, you can read it here.

Mother’s Day

I know, I know, I’ve been negligent in posting this week – again – and I don’t have a very good excuse – again.  But tomorrow’s a new week; maybe I’ll do better.

I’m not going to post tomorrow; but you can watch Mass on the parish YouTube channel.

Mass is live at 10; replay will be available afterwards.

May 1: Ite ad Joseph

We survived April.

I think.

Anyway, welcome to May, and while May is dedicated in a special way to our Blessed Mother, it starts with a feast in honor of her holy spouse, Saint Joseph.  And since Saint Joseph is the patron of one of my parishes, we’re treating it with the solemnity that is its due.

So you can watch our Mass, and catch my homily, live at 8:15 AM on our YouTube channel.  It will be available for replay shortly after the Mass ends.

April 25 (Part 1): What Feast Day is it?

So this is a rare one…not only do you get a Saturday post, but you’re going to get two of them.

Today the church is celebrating the feast of Saint Mark, evangelist, but I’m not…I’m celebrating a very specific, higher rank of feast.  But that’s for part two.

This part tries to explain the differences between different liturgical celebrations.  If you were ever wondering what the difference was between things like solemnities, feasts, and memorials, my hope is this will help answer those questions.

I’ll be back later with more on what I’m up to today.