My Dear Friends, Perhaps we can call this “Relationships with God.” To get the answers to these questions that are posed by today’s readings and the Gospel, we have to begin with the fundamental truth of Christianity. Jesus Christ is the Eternal Son of the Father, true God from true God. He is the center of the universe. For the … Read More


My Dear Friends, The second reading from the Letter to the Colossians goes well with the first reading and the Gospel. Those passages warn how useless material wealth will be when we die. St. Paul continues this warning by reminding us that we have already died with Christ in baptism and risen to new life. To live this new life … Read More


My Dear Friends, Many years ago, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy made a memorable statement of which we are all familiar. It was, “Ask not what your country can do for you: Ask what you can do for your country.” Those words still echo in our hearts. If that statement can be applied to the country, it certainly can be applied … Read More


My Dear Friends, Recently, I was leaving the hospital after visiting with a parishioner. On my way to the car, I passed a number of individuals and said hello to all of them. We shared eye contact and I knew that they had heard me. For whatever reason, they chose not to say hello. As I approached my car, I … Read More


My Dear Friends, The mercy and kindness of Jesus are so amazing. We experience the mercy and kindness of Jesus through the awesome Sacrament of Confession. What is sin? The Catechism of the Catholic Church gives us a concise definition. “Sin is an offense against reason, truth, and right conscience; it is failure in genuine love for God and neighbor … Read More


Only God has Absolute Independence. Our Independence is rooted in our Dependence on God. We are contingent, dependent beings. An independent creature is an intrinsic impossibility. Not even God can create an intrinsic impossibility. God can create a square and God can create a circle but not even God can create a squared circle. It is an intrinsic impossibility. That … Read More


In the olden days in the Holy Land, the life of a shepherd was very difficult. A flock of sheep never grazed without his presence and therefore, the shepherd was on duty every day of the week. Since the sheep always had to travel in order to find grass to eat, they were never left alone. Sheep could get lost, … Read More