This week we continue in our Christmas celebration with the image of light, the star of Bethlehem. We began our Christmas celebration with the light shining brightly as the angles proclaimed to the lowly and the poor shepherds who kept watch in the fields, "tidings of great joy." We now see wise men from the … Continue reading Your light has come, upon you the LORD shines!
Make Known the Message, Be Ambassadors of the Word!
The LORD bless you and keep you! The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace! We begin this new year as we do each year celebrating and honoring Mary the mother of God. This January 1st … Continue reading Make Known the Message, Be Ambassadors of the Word!
“Testify to the light, so that all might believe.”
Each year we begin our Christmas celebration in the midst of darkness. The church gives us this time in which to remember, celebrate and commemorate the birth of Christ. Jesus the light of the world. This deep darkness is symbolic to the darkness, sin and evil that has seemingly engulfed humanity both then and now. … Continue reading “Testify to the light, so that all might believe.”
Called, Set Aside for the Gospel, Don’t be Afraid!
This fourth and final week of the Advent Seasons draws us to find peace in the midst of our journey. We turn our focus to St Joseph and his calling to have courage and not to be afraid in taking Mary as his wife. This invitation to St Joseph can also be a source of … Continue reading Called, Set Aside for the Gospel, Don’t be Afraid!
Joy and Doubt,
DECEMBER 15, 2019 Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! On this third Sunday of Advent, known as the Sunday “of joy”, the Word of God invites us on the one hand to joy, and on the other hand to the awareness that existence also includes moments of doubt, in which it is difficult to believe. Joy … Continue reading Joy and Doubt,
Be The Voice in the Desert, Prepare the Way of the Lord!
Easter 1986 I was preparing to enter the Desert Retreat experience as a novice of the Society of the Divine Word. The retreat location was St Benedict Abbey in Covington Louisiana. The day before leaving was Easter morning and I rose early to serve a private Mass with Fr John Horseman, SVD. I knew Fr … Continue reading Be The Voice in the Desert, Prepare the Way of the Lord!
Stay Awake, Be Prepared. Let us Walk in the Light of the Lord!
A New Season, A New Hope, We are awake, preparing and walking in the light of the Lord. This week we start a new Advent Season. We are reminded that we’ve got work to do for we are a people, a church that seeks to be actively and awaiting the Lord’s return. This reminds us … Continue reading Stay Awake, Be Prepared. Let us Walk in the Light of the Lord!
United In Christ Our King!
Each year as we draw to a close the liturgical time, we celebrate Christ as King. This year we are reminded of the roles of Kings as we saw a new King rise to throne over the United Kingdom, King Charles. Kingly rule may seem odd and antiquated for us as Americans. The notion of … Continue reading United In Christ Our King!
Give Testimony to Christ’s Power in Your Life!
The year is drawing to a close and at this time we listen to Apocalyptic readings. Each year we listen to Scriptures that we often interpret as the end times, or the end of days. We see the effects of climate change as storms get bigger and more frequent, to the floods and droughts that … Continue reading Give Testimony to Christ’s Power in Your Life!
Find Your Hope and Encouragement In God’s gift of Grace!
Hope has been the reoccurring theme over these past few weeks. When there is so much despair with anger, hatred and misinformation in the air our nation and world seems to be without hope. Wars, division, outright disregard for the truth becomes disheartening and frightening. As we see election day approaching we wonder if there … Continue reading Find Your Hope and Encouragement In God’s gift of Grace!