Thus says the LORD:This is what I commanded my people:Listen to my voice;then I will be your God and you shall be my people.Walk in all the ways that I command you,so that you may prosper. (Jer 7:23) When we think about God’s voice, do the Old Testament images come Read more…

We are reduced

For we are reduced, O Lord, beyond any other nation, brought low everywhere in the world this day because of our sins. Dn 3:37 This morning I caught an article in the Milwaukee JournalSentinel about a new line of swimsuits produced by Abercromie & Fitch. The swimwear is geared toward Read more…

The Edge of the Cliff

When the people in the synagogue heard this,they were all filled with fury.They rose up, drove him out of the town,and led him to the brow of the hillon which their town had been built,to hurl him down headlong.But he passed through the midst of them and went away. (Lk Read more…

As high as the heavens

For as the heavens are high above the earth, so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he put our transgressions from us. (Ps 103:11-12) For me, this is one of the most beautiful lines in Read more…

Let it be done to me

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. (Lk 1:38) How beautiful and appropriate that the Feast of the Annunciation falls during Lent! When Gabriele appeared to her, Mary asked only one Read more…

In unity with Japan

Archbishop Leo Jun Ikenaga SJ of Osaka, issued the following prayer, requesting its circulation that the church “might all pray in unity” for the victims of the disaster: Merciful God, you never depart from us even in the worst of times; be with us in both our joy and in Read more…

If grave stones could talk

Lk 16:19-31 When I think about the Gospel for Thursday of the Second Week of Lent (Lk 16:19-31), I’m reminded of an old saying: “If grave stones could talk”. In the Gospel, Jesus tells the story of Lazarus, a poor man who dies and was carried away by the angels Read more…