God’s Temple … God’s Family

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Growing up with six siblings, three younger and three older, I can admit I did not have the same relationship with all of them. Although close family and… Continue reading

Parish Family Ties

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time When we live and work in close quarters, we are bound to rub elbows with other people. Usually during the cold and flu season, the literal sort of… Continue reading

Be a Force for Good

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Sometime back, before DNA testing became widely available, a college classmate of mine decided to explore and document his family tree. An innocent exercise, one might think. But… Continue reading

We Belong

Presentation of the Lord When I conducted baptism prep some years back, I would begin with a question. “Why do you want your child baptized?” At first I would get blank uncomprehending stares.… Continue reading

Our Third Century

Opening Mass of the Richmond Bicentennial On 11 July 1820, Pope Pius VII chose Fr. Patrick Kelly, president of St. John’s College in Birchfield, County Kilkenny, Ireland to be bishop of the newly… Continue reading

Follow the Star

Epiphany of the Lord I have met people who, upon learning I am a priest, want to talk about God. “Where do I find God? Why are terrible things happening to me? What… Continue reading

Lessons for Family & Parish & Civic Life

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph A major highlight of the Christmas season is that people will sometimes make a genuine and intentional effort to get together with those they love, whether… Continue reading

Through the Eyes of the Holy Child

Nativity of the Lord A child is just a small human that typically attracts attention and curiosity, even fascination, primarily from other small humans like it, but eventually from everyone big and small.… Continue reading

As Morning Light in Darkest Night

Third Sunday of Advent The great and glorious festival of heavenly light and joy and reconciliation and healing fast approaches, yet there is a persistent cloud of much sadness and anger and division… Continue reading


First Sunday of Advent Do you like surprises? I’m sure that just perked some of you up. Now you’re just imagining all sorts of things, aren’t you? Good things? Not-so-good things? It has… Continue reading

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