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

Leadership After God’s Own Heart

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe On 4 July 1776 at the Second Continental Congress convened at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia, the 13 American colonies declared independence from the… Continue reading

Giving Thanks–Who We Are & What We Do

Thanksgiving We live in a time of heightened tension and discord and unease. None of these is likely unique to our present time, but we can probably remember a time when life was… Continue reading

The Absurdity of Life Beyond Death

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time The comic strip Peanuts by Charles Schultz follows the adventures of a group of precocious children and a beagle who have this uncanny ability of reflecting deeply on… Continue reading

His Genius Move

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Curiosity is a natural instinctive desire to explore, discover, and understand. In its most basic form, it is a measurable sign of intellectual activity, that something might be… Continue reading

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