June 2018

10th Sunday Dear OLPH Family and Friends, Today’s Gospel has a two-part scene from the life of Christ.   Beginning with something unique to Mark’s Gospel, Jesus’ family comes to the conclusion that he has gone crazy.   Their evidence?   He’s gained fame as an exorcist and a healer...

Corpus Christi Sunday   Dear friends in Christ,   The Catechism of the Catholic Church, quoting St. Thomas Aquinas, states that the Eucharist is the “Sacrament of sacraments – all other sacraments are ordered to it as its end… The Eucharist is the Source and Summit of the Church’s...

Trinity Sunday   Dear OLPH Family and Friends, The following story of “Lucy” describes the readings today.  It is not dogma but very practical statement of fact.   Lucy, an energetic 10-year-old, told her dad.  “It’s not hard to believe that God can be three persons.   Look at you,...

Pentecost Sunday                                                                            Dear friends in Christ,   In Advent we cry out: “Come, Emmanuel!” It is our cry to Christ the Lord, who is Emmanuel, God-with-us. Now, at Pentecost, our cry turns to the Third Divine Person: “Come, Holy Spirit!” We make...

Ascension Dear OLPH Family and Friends, The Feast of the Ascension is treated as a totally separate event.   However, it should be treated as an integral part of Easter itself. I remember as a child that at the end of the Gospel, the Easter Candle would be...

6th Easter Sunday                                                                                                  ...

5th Sunday of Easter Dear OLPH Family and friends, In last week’s Gospel reading, Jesus emphasized the unity he and his disciples share, using the image of the good shepherd. This week he speaks of the same unity with the symbol of a vine and its branches. The...

Dear OLPH Family and Friends, Due to a slight problem, I am unable to do my usual column. Please accept the following for this week. It expresses essentially my thoughts. 3rd Sunday of Easter "He stood in their midst and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' But...

2nd Sunday of Easter                                                                                                                               Dear friends in Christ,                                     Today in the Responsorial Psalm we proclaim God’s love and mercy, singing, “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting… his mercy endures forever.” God’s love and his...

Dear OLPH Family and Friends!   CHRIST IS RISEN!   ALLELUIA!_ Certain events can really cause sudden and dramatic transformation.  That was certainly so for the Apostles on that first Easter.   Their Master had been arrested, tried, tortured, executed and buried hastily.  They were afraid of suffering the same...