Friday, November 27, 2020

Watch! "The Times they are Changin"


 

Advent, the short-shrift liturgical season in which we await for the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus, announce the beginning of His public ministry and prepare for His coming for us when we pass and at the end of time, brings us hope and joy for the future.  This year, though we are still in the calendar year of 2020, it is especially important because we need something to get us out the morass of so many changes that have brought fear, confusion, sadness, depression and a way of life that challenges who we are as Catholic disciples of Jesus.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Kingship or Kinship?


 

Father Greg Boyle, SJ, founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehab and re-entry program in the world, wrote a reflection in “Naked, and You Clothed Me: Homilies & Reflections for Cycle A” in which he refutes the title of Christ the King for a title he believes is more in keeping with what the feast day celebrates:

 

Sunday, November 15, 2020

What's in Your Bag of Gifts


 

There was a time early in our marriage with four young children that I was out of work for nearly three years save a few odd jobs here and there, receiving unemployment income, welfare and miscellaneous gifts from friends to survive.  It was one of those gifts that changed my wife’s and my life due to the way in which it was given.

 

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Procrastination A Disastrous Decision

 


Be honest!  We have at times in our life waited too long to take action on something that needed to be done and suffered a consequence for it.

 

For me it came early in my life.  I had decided to do something else with the thought I would still have enough time to get home to join other altar boys picked up by Father Michael Dempsey from my parish to see the Harlem Globetrotters play.  I missed them by just minutes and had to wait another 40 plus years before going to see the “show,” as it was called.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Striving to be a Saint



My closest physical encounter to a named saint by the Roman Catholic Church was Saint Pope John Paul II when he visited in September of 1987 at St. Vibiana Cathedral in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  He was walking down the nave to leave the church after he talked to representatives of the local parishes and I was standing on a pew with a camera trying to get a picture from three feet away as he passed but slipped and never got the picture.  So much for saintliness on my part.