Choosing to be God’s Family

Tuesday of Week 16 in Ordinary Time Jesus was having a tough time gaining acceptance from people in his hometown. This concern motivated his immediate family to seek him out, hoping to take… Continue reading

You’re In the Wrong Seat

Our Lady of Mount Carmel This week has been stressful. And I’m not even a health-care worker, a COVID patient, or a high level government official. I don’t suppose anyone can look back… Continue reading

Understanding God is Optional

St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor When we come face to face with tragedy or setback or difficulty, we are tempted to think God has abandoned us. People like to say things always happen… Continue reading

Chicken or Egg?

St. Kateri Tekakwitha We are familiar with the age-old conundrum: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? But for our consideration today in light of the scripture readings: Which comes first? Do… Continue reading

God’s Word & Virginia Soil

Bicentennial of the Diocese of Richmond 11 July 1820 was the date Pope Pius VII established the Diocese of Richmond by decree and sent Bishop Patrick Kelly from County Kilkenny, Ireland to be… Continue reading

Shrewd & Simple

Friday of Week 14 in Ordinary Time Hosea continues to speak to Israel God’s invitation to repentance and forgiveness. Yesterday he spoke of the tenderness of God. Today he offers renewal and restoration.… Continue reading

The Tenderness of God

Thursday of Week 14 in Ordinary Time After some verses from the prophet Hosea calling Israel to turn away from their unfaithfulness, we hear God calling out with words of patience and compassion,… Continue reading

Privilege & Unintended Consequences

Wednesday of Week 14 in Ordinary Time The Prophet Hosea is calling Israel to task because prosperity has gotten to their head. They were neglecting their relationship with God. More specifically they were… Continue reading

Mercy is God’s Response

Tuesday of Week 14 in Ordinary Time The prophet Hosea’s personal experience of his wife’s unfaithfulness gave him a unique perspective to enable him to raise the issue of Israel’s unfaithfulness to God.… Continue reading

Come to Me

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Are you tired yet? It’s okay to admit it. 2020 has been one long exhausting, soul-sapping, mind-numbing decade. Maybe you have something particular in mind—the global pandemic, systemic… Continue reading

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