Saturday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

The theme of generosity in today’s readings invites us to reflect spiritually but does not excuse us from examining our attitude towards money.  We know that money isn’t good in and of itself: it can give us a certain power to acquire other material goods, but is itself neither good nor evil.  The Pharisees are accused by Jesus of being “lovers of money.”  On the other hand, Saint Paul thanks the Philippians for giving to him in his need.  The Pharisees are interested in increasing wealth in order to continue to have power and influence.  Saint Paul sees neither wealth nor poverty as evil in and of themselves, but rather the attitude of heart we can have in either of those situations. read more

Monday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

What does the Christian journey look like after baptism?  Receiving Grace is the beginning of a lifelong transformation.  It is a transformation that God initiates, but one that we must consent to.  Am I a disciple of Jesus Christ?  What does that mean?  What does that look like?  How do I cooperate with grace?


Death is understood in two ways. The first is the familiar definition—when the soul is separated from the body at the end of life. The second is that, while abiding in that same body, the soul pursues the desires of the flesh and lives in sin. read more

Our Lady of the Rosary

Our Lady of the Rosary is the title finally given to Our Lady of Victories.  The complete and decisive victory over the Ottoman Empire was attributed to the intercession of Mary and especially through the prayers of the Rosary.  The Rosary is a prayer that has been used by Christians since the time of St. Dominic who – legend has it – received the Rosary from Mary herself.

The appeal of the prayer of the Rosary could be attributed to many things:  miracles associated with the recitation of the Rosary, the scriptural and Christocentric nature of the Hail Mary and Our Father prayers, the repetition that calls to mind the recitation of the 150 Psalms.  This prayer is used to meditate on the mysteries of Christ’s life, His Passion, death, and Resurrection.  It can also be used in a more contemplative way by allowing the mind and heart to cling to the mysteries of our faith with love and the help of the Blessed Virgin. read more