Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2021

Then He asked them, "Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?" “Why are you terrified?” the Lord Jesus asks them, which seems like a perfectly reasonable question, given the fact that they were in a boat that happened to be sinking! It probably seems to most of us like that would be ... Read more

The Sixth Sunday of Easter, 2021

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God!” Jesus Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Jesus Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Jesus Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! The Scripture above reminds us of who we are. In the first place, we exist because God is love. He … Read more

The Fifth Sunday of Easter, 2021

“I will praise You, Lord, in the assembly of Your people!” Jesus Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Jesus Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Jesus Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! As we continue toward the great solemnity of Pentecost, we are reminded of a crucial truth that should inspire us … Read more

Epiphany Sunday, 2021

“Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you.” Regardless of whatever else is going on, that Scripture above is true:  the Light has come, the true light that enlightens every man and woman has come into the world. The blessing is that, to those who received … Read more

Feast of the Holy Family, 2020

“Fear not, Abram! I am your shield!” This may seem like an odd verse to highlight for the Feast of the Holy Family, but it speaks to an often neglected reality:  our families are meant to be our first line of defense for our family members. It is interesting and perhaps crucial to note that … Read more

Fourth Sunday of Advent 2020

“May it be done to me according to your word!” As we approach the great Solemnity of Christmas, today we hear the Gospel of the Annunciation, which speaks of the event exactly nine months before Christmas in which the Archangel Gabriel invites Mary to rejoice and has the dialogue with her that concludes with her … Read more

Third Sunday of Advent 2020

“I rejoice heartily in the LORD, in my God is the joy of my soul!” The first reading for this Third Sunday of Advent announces a reality that all of us who have been Baptized and especially all of us who have been Confirmed have experienced:  “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me!” … Read more

Second Sunday of Advent 2020

“Prepare the way of the Lord!” Encounter! As we begin this holy season of Advent, this year is a bit different because we are more formally focusing our attention on our Discipleship Pathway. This is a perfectly acceptable approach to the season;  as the Glossary of the Catechism points out, the purpose of this season … Read more

First Sunday of Advent 2020

“Lord, make us turn to You; let us see Your face and we shall be saved.” As we begin this holy season of Advent, this year is a bit different because we are more formally focusing our attention on our Discipleship Pathway. This is a perfectly acceptable approach to the season;  as the Glossary of … Read more

The Carmelite Charism: The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Note:  In the 1990s, Fr. Ed, who is a Secular Discalced Carmelite, wrote a series of bulletin articles on “The Carmelite Charism.” This is a reprint of one of those articles. The Brown Scapular is a Roman Catholic devotion to Mary under her title of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  It is worn as a … Read more