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Category: Lent 2018

What was the “righteousness of the Pharisees” our Lord was complaining about in today’s Gospel? Simply put, the Pharisees liked looking good rather than being good. They were interested in fine clothes, places of honor, and grandiose titles.

Sound familiar? The Pharisees are not dead. They live on—sometimes in people like you and me.

Why is Facebook so popular? Perhaps because [read more]


Most of us have had a favorite chair through the years. Looking back on my growing-up years in Brooklyn, I remember that “Mom liked to sit here” and “Dad liked to sit there.” That was their chair.

Today the Church celebrates the Chair of St. Peter, a sign of unity, love, and service. This chair does not signify royalty, prestige, preference, or power. Quite the contrary! It signifies service. [read more]


Lent is a time to accept Christ’s invitation to mend our ways, to change our ways, to live more generously than before.

When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, lots of people changed their ways. They became more generous, going to Texas to help those who had lost everything.

In today’s first reading Jonah is told by God [read more]


I have a difficult time forgiving anyone who wrongs me. I mull over the offense for a long time, contemplating just how I can even the score. Not very Christian, I know.

Once one of my relatives came to stay with us. And I noticed that during the family rosary every evening he would omit saying the words “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

One day I got up the courage [read more]


The Church gives us the magnificent scene from today’s Gospel early in Lent to guide us through these 40 days.

This parable is unique to Matthew, the only one Jesus ever gave on judgment. But read it closely. The word judgment never appears. Jesus as the Son of Man simply reminds his listeners what they did or didn’t do in their lifetime and separates them accordingly. [read more]