Choosing Between Good and Better

As part of a “Sunday Scriptures” reflection a few weeks ago, I referenced the book “The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity” by Matthew Kelly. I wrote, “The book challenges us to ask ourselves four questions: Who am I? What am I here for? What matters most? What matters least?” That understanding of what is important, what matters, certainly has a central role in this Sunday’s Gospel.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Wikipedia describes Fred Rogers as “an American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister.” It goes on to explain that his dissatisfaction with the way television addressed young children led him to create the TV show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

We Are All on That Same Journey

by Msgr. Joseph P. CaliseIn 2010, Emilio Estevez directed a film starring Martin Sheen as a father, Tom, traveling to retrieve the remains of his son who died in a storm in the Pyrenees Mountains while walking El Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage in the footsteps of Saint James.

True Freedom Is Found Only in Christ

This is one of those weekends when we listen to the Readings and then say to ourselves “No…Elijah the Prophet said that? And Jesus said that? No…I must have heard it wrong, or the lector said it wrong, or it’s a mistranslation. Jesus, of all people, would never have said something like that! Neither would Elijah!”

Removing a Problem Is Not What Jesus Is About

As Christmas approached when I was 10 years old, my parents asked me what I wanted for Christmas, and they were good and surprised at my answer. I wanted a globe, a nice, big, colorful globe that I could spin around and see all the countries of the world, circa 1958, spinning by me. This was to be certain an unusual wish for a 10-year-old, but that’s what I wanted.

The Love of the Most Holy Trinity

by Father Anthony F. RasoLast month, I experienced the first Mothers’ Day of my life as an “orphan.” My father passed away in 1986, and last January, my mother went home to Heaven to join him and her own mother and all of those whom she had loved so dearly in this world. It was surely a happy Mothers’ Day for her.

The Birthday of the Church

Other than Easter Sunday, this day, Pentecost, is the most important and meaningful day of the year for all of us who are Christians.

John Echoes the Greatest Command: Let Us Love One Another

St. John the Evangelist is a fascinating character. He was, tradition tells us, the youngest of the Apostles. The brother of James, the son of Zebedee the Fisherman, he was a “Son of Thunder,” who had his mother ask the Lord if he and his brother could sit one on his right and the other on his left.

The Good Shepherd Should Be the Model for All Priests

On this Good Shepherd Sunday, pray for your shepherds, your priests and bishops, that they may indeed be good and holy and that, in their service to God’s people, they may strive by words and deeds to sanctify the Bride of Christ, the Church, in the service of Christ, the Bridegroom.