Archive for September 2011

Get it Through Your Heads: Athletes Are Not Role Models!

Thursday’s Chicago Tribune’s front page was strewn with articles about the new book written about Walter Payton and revelations of his drug use, philandering and an illegitimate child. And this surprises people?  I am not a sports fan.  I ride the bandwagon every once in a while when on that rare occasion, one of our sports teams... Read more »

Three Angels and A College Dropout's Feast Day

Today is the triple feast day of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael the only three angels with proper names in the scriptures. While preparing to do research for the three angels I ran across another saint who shares today’s feast day. Richard Rolle (1300?-1349) was a college drop out and prolific writer about the spiritual life.... Read more »

Why Do We Have the Homeless?

They are everywhere.  On my way to work, coming home from work, in the store trying to shop, sleeping in the craziest places.  Just everywhere.  The homeless.  Why do we have homeless people in this country? In the 70’s I worked downtown and even then, there seemed to be a lot of homeless people.  There... Read more »

The Voice of a Saint: Vincent de Paul

Jesus, the Lord, expects us to have the simplicity of a dove (see Matthew 10:16).  This means giving a straightforward opinion about things in the way we honestly see them, without needless reservations.  It also means doing things without double-dealing or manipulation, our intention being focused solely on God.  Each of us, then, should take... Read more »

She Who Sings ... Sings Her Fool Head Off

“He who sings prays twice.” – St. Augustine Singing in church is one of those things where not everyone participates, including me.  If I’m not in the choir, I don’t always join in.  Sometimes I’ll look around and I see a few mouths moving.  Then I’ll be moved by a certain hymn and sing along... Read more »

Novena to St. Therese: In Thanksgiving

O Glorious St. Therese of the Child Jesus! Our beloved heavenly patron, our beloved guide. Shower upon this community with abundance of roses. Make this your mission parish. O Patroness of the Missions! That the sweet frangrance of your roses, may bring everyone to know and love, The Divine Child Jesus whom you have loved... Read more »

To You, O Lord

I’m going to sing this at the 5 PM (central time) vigil Mass today.  It has been my prayer all week. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul, to you, I lift my soul. Lord, make me know your ways,  teach me your paths and keep me in the way of your truth, for... Read more »

The Execution of Two Men: How Do You Feel About the Death Penalty?

The execution of Troy Davis on September 21 for the murder of  police officer Mark McPhail in August of 1989 puts a much needed light on our justice system and our own consciences. It took me three pregnancies to become pro-life.  It was a gradual change of heart that I had with each new child.... Read more »

If You Want God To Hear Your Prayers ...

If you want God to hear your prayers, hear the voice of the poor.  If you wish God to anticipate your wants, provide those of the indigent without waiting, for them to ask you.  Especially anticipate the needs of those who are ashamed to beg.  To make them ask for alms is to make them... Read more »

Calling All Stubborn Sinners!

As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. – From today’s Gospel, Matthew 9:9-13 Matthew was a tax collector, a profession, that was viewed as a necessary evil, not much different from today.  Jesus lets... Read more »