Everyone should know our kindness

In the second reading, Paul tells the Philippians to “Rejoice in the Lord always,” but Paul’s command might seem hollow given the world we live in today. … Read More

God works to bring about creation

In the second reading this week, Paul encourages his readers: “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue … Read More

Use Advent as an opportunity

“Happy New Year!” But today is just the first Sunday of Advent. Isn’t it a little early to wish someone a Happy New Year? Well, not really. … Read More

Live for the eternal kingdom

In our ordinary lives we focus so much on the things of this world. How can I make more money? Do I need a nicer car? Apple … Read More

‘Learn a lesson from the fig tree’

In 2016, in his apostolic letter Misericordia et Misera, Pope Francis announced the beginning of a new observance known as World Day of the Poor to be … Read More

Confidence in the goodness of God

In a recent column, I spoke about the rich man who could not give up his many possessions to follow Jesus. This week’s Gospel reading also talks … Read More

‘Blessed are the merciful’

“They’re closing the distribution center where I work.” The speaker was a woman attending a workshop I gave recently. We were talking about the current economic situation … Read More

Bartimaeus helped me pray for others

As a priest, people ask me to pray for them and their intentions often. I struggled with these requests, in part, because they were so many. But … Read More

The leader is the servant of all

At the end of the Gospel reading for this Sunday, Jesus tells his disciples that the “Son of Man did not come to be served but to … Read More

Moderate your cravings for things

When we read the story of Jesus’ encounter with the rich man with many possessions, we understand the temptation to gather more and more material goods at … Read More