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He does not leave us orphans
The Feast of the Ascension is the “Rosetta Stone” that unlocks the mystery of Christ’s Paschal Mystery and his very identity.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Be attentive to the needs of others
At the Eucharist, we praise the Lord for his tender care of us. At the same time, we promise to do for others what the Lord has done for us.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Help each other believe
We are a people moving toward a faith we have yet to achieve. Our good actions are hints of what we can be. Our lapses and failures are reminders of our continual need to reach beyond ourselves.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
He loved us more than enough
Christian commitment is a willingness to take our place at the foot of Jesus’ cross.  There will be nothing for us to do but to be.  We may not be able to alleviate physical pain or mental anguish, but we can look to the community around us — at all those willing to proclaim their faith—and by embracing them, relieve their pain.  
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Called to be forgiving and forgiven
At first sight, the parable of the Prodigal Son is about forgiveness and mercy.  It is also a story about the waywardness in each of us and the petty jealousies which consume us.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Lent is our Transfiguration
February 21, 2016 Second Sunday of Lent. Since most of us are more like Jesus’ disciples than we are like him, it is helpful to look at this narrative from the perspective of Jesus’ followers.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
It isn't easy being green
Recent efforts to recreate the magic of the Muppets and “Sesame Street” have not captured my imagination. It seems that every character and song has garnered new meaning. My favorite song still belongs to Kermit. “It isn’t easy being green,” he croons. Despite the various interpretations the words have been given throughout the years, green has always been the color of hope for me. 
Friday, February 5, 2016
Proclaim a Year Acceptable to the Lord

Most people do not have a very favorable view of law. Perhaps that is because we think of it in a restrictive way. Today’s Scripture leads us to see the law found in the Torah and in the Gospel as good news.

Friday, January 22, 2016
John leads us to Jesus
Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016
The Baptism of the Lord
Everyone needs affirmation in life. When I was a young woman and decided to work in the Church, I waited anxiously for my parents to tell me that I had made the right decision. Their support saw me through those first years and affirmed my initial decision. I had no idea at the time that my choice was linked to my own faith and not simply my parents’ faith in me.

Thursday, January 7, 2016
Love for Mary is part of our DNA
Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Where does Marian devotion arise? What fuels it? What sustains it? The intellectual answer might well be articulated from the works of the early Church or the writings of the Church Councils. To take that approach would be somewhat like saying Marian devotion begins in the muscles in our heads. I believe that it is more than an intellectual devotion. Like a smile, I think it begins in the heart – in the core of what makes us the persons we are.

Thursday, December 17, 2015
I like being Catholic
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 
Second Sunday of Advent
When I reflect on some of the reasons I like being Catholic, I almost always begin with the simple fact that Catholicism makes sense to me. All the direction I need to live a good life is available to me in the Scripture, our magisterium, and in the example of others. Advent is part of the “sensible Church.” The liturgies of Advent and Pope Francis’ proclamation of a Jubilee Year of Mercy give me a map that leads to the Kingdom.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Ours is an unlikely king
Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Christ introduces us to a form of kingship that is alien to our world. In this Gospel, he tells us about his kingship. He is the one whose crown is made of thorns and whose throne is a cross.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Look to Mary, she knows our lives
OREGON CITY — We often do not think about it, but Mary was only around 13 years old we she said yes to God. That is really young to be the mother of God. 
Monday, November 9, 2015
Sacraments linked to seasons
Ever since I moved out of my crib, I have been surrounded by the rituals of farm life and have learned the routine of each season. Over these years of growing in faith, I have found that the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church have a peculiar way of connecting to the seasons of the year.
Monday, November 9, 2015
Don't let distractions keep you from maintaining, growing your faith

Through school, sports, struggles, friends, and family it's easy to become pulled away and distracted from your faith and relationship with God. If you’re experiencing this, you’re not alone and you can still become recommitted to your faith and relationship with God.


Monday, November 9, 2015
Catholic youth are the Church of today

In late September, it was common to see thousands of people gather to listen to Pope Francis as he visited the East Coast of the United States. During this time, the Holy Father went to numerous Cathedrals, addressed the Congress, and went to many important U.S monuments where he met with the public to address important matters. 


Monday, November 9, 2015
Don't forget about the poor
Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015
Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
There are many sayings that have been quoted so often that no one seems to know who first said them. “We do not see things as they are but as we are ourselves” is one of those. It has been attributed to Anaïs Nin, the Babylonian Talmud and to dozens of others. It might well apply to the many ways we interpret the story of the rich people and the poor widow.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Innocence, complexity and sanctity

CHICAGO — Some years ago, I officiated at a wedding. As the officiating priest, I was invited to the reception and dance that followed upon the church service. Not knowing the family well and having church services the next morning, I left right after the banquet and the toasts, just as the dancing was about to start. When I was seemingly out of earshot, I heard the bride’s father say to someone: “I’m glad that Father has gone; now we can celebrate with some rock music!”


Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The cost of discipleship
Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
When I was younger, most of what I wanted was material and its cost could be measured in dollars and cents. I knew that “How much will it cost?” would always be a question my parents would ask. I don’t remember when all that changed. There came a day when “How much will it cost?” was no longer only a question of money as much as it was a question of time, of sacrifice, of work, and sometimes of separation and loneliness. Sometimes I discovered that the cost was too much. At other times, I was surprised at how my values had changed. The cost of maintaining certain values seemed less important as I matured.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015
When we live out our faith, unknown love becomes known
At the end of July my grandpa turned 90. He is the full time care-giver of my 85-year old Grandma who has Alzheimer’s disease. She does not remember me anymore. Over the last couple of years she has forgotten who her children are, and for a while now she has not recognized Grandpa and has been unable to speak in sentences. When I would go visit, Grandpa would explain to me how Grandma was doing. When I would ask him about how he was doing he would just smile and then pay attention to what Grandma was trying to say as she noticed something out the window.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Colbert, Tolkien and gifts
This summer, Stephen Colbert gave an interview in which the depth of his Catholic faith was on clear display.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015


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