20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Francis)

On this twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Church encourages us to fight against evil by following the footsteps of Christ who came to bring “fire” upon the earth in order to purify, transform, and save us from the perils that afflict us.In the first reading,...

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Francis)

“Where your treasure is there will your heart be also.” This is an extremely important line in today’s Gospel. It tells us that what we treasure will control our hearts. What we value will determine the way that we live. This is so important because we do not have...

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Francis)

In our first reading Qoheleth says, “Vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!” The Hebrew word for vanity has the sense of “bubbles”. When we were children most of us had those little bubble blowers. Now, you can see guys in parks with much...

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Francis)

A young man I was on a retreat with once told this story of prayer: “I was so angry at God because I had asked and asked him to help me stop doing drugs. And then before long I was getting high again. “I was angry at God and I was angry at my parents who told me that...

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Francis)

The story is told of the father who after work would take a long walk with his teen-age daughter. He took great pleasure in her company. Suddenly she began to offer almost daily excuses as to why she could not accompany him. He was hurt but held his tongue. Finally...