Father O’Connor’s Homily from October 19 & 20th

  In the Gospel just proclaimed Jesus exhorts us “to pray always without becoming weary”. This call should be troubling for us, because it seems impossible.   There’s a book called The Way of a Pilgrim. It’s a wonderful spiritual story, and a quick read, that comes from the Russian Orthodox tradition. Anyway, the story… Read more »

Ongoing Weekly Series – A Reflection on the Beatitudes

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” This Beatitude speaks of those whose hearts are simple, pure and undefiled, for a heart capable of love admits nothing that might harm, weaken or endanger that love. The Bible uses the heart to describe our real intentions, the things we truly seek and… Read more »

Ongoing Weekly Series – A Reflection on the Beatitudes

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” Mercy has two aspects. It involves giving, helping and serving others, but it also includes    forgiveness and understanding. Matthew sums it up in one golden rule: “In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you” (7:12). The Catechism reminds us that this… Read more »

Ongoing Weekly Series – A Reflection on the Beatitudes

Ongoing Weekly Series – A Reflection on the Beatitudes “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” Hunger and thirst are intense experiences, since they involve basic needs and our instinct for survival. There are those who desire justice and yearn for righteousness with similar intensity. Jesus says that… Read more »

Ongoing Weekly Series – A Reflection on the Beatitudes

Ongoing Weekly Series – A Reflection on the Beatitudes “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” The world tells us exactly the opposite: entertainment, pleasure, diversion and escape make for the good life. The worldly person ignores problems of sickness or sorrow in the family or all around him; he averts his… Read more »

Ongoing Weekly Series – A Reflection on the Beatitudes

Ongoing Weekly Series – A Reflection on the Beatitudes “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” Hunger and thirst are intense experiences, since they involve basic needs and our instinct for survival. There are those who desire justice and yearn for righteousness with similar intensity. Jesus says that… Read more »