02/25/2018

Meister Eckhart (1260-1328) was a German theologian, Dominican preacher, philosopher and mystic. He taught about the four principles of understanding how we are made in the image and likeness of God. First, he says, there is a light in the soul at the core of our personality which cannot be separated from God. It is…

02/18/2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters, At the beginning of the year many people make New Year’s resolutions. What happened to yours? At the beginning of Lent people give up things. Do they go the way of the new year resolutions. Many years ago I gave up sugar for Lent . I never went back on it…

02/11/2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Over the years St Francis Xavier Parish has been very generous in its support for the Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal. Through the generosity of many people our seminarians have been prepared for priesthood, our Catholic schools have been helped , Catholic charities and many other organizations have been able to fulfill…

02/04/2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This week we have the Bishop visiting the parish. He comes as pastor of the diocese. It gives him in a very busy weekend a chance to see all the activities that are going on in the Parish. Most importantly it gives him an opportunity to meet the people of the…

01/28/2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters, When I was growing up there was not too much spare change in any of the houses in the neighborhood. Next door was a widow with four kids. My mother who for most of our life as school kids was a stay at home Mom always had the key to that…

01/21/2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the second and third Sundays of ordinary time we have the call of disciples. In the third Sunday call and repentance are linked. In every one of our Calls there is change and repentance. In the marriage call there is change because now there is another person in the equation…

01/07/2018

Holy Family Today is the feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The natural tendency is to try to compare our families to the Holy Family and if we do that we usually end up disappointed in our own family. In my own extended family we have alcoholism, divorce, interracial marriage, inter-faith…

12/31/2017

The Gate of the Year And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than…

12/24/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, It’s almost Christmas. I have great memories of Christmases past. My mother was a fabulous cook and the older I get the more I realize the great gift she was to all of us. Especially as cakes, puddings and other food were prepared. The traditional food in a lot of Ireland…

12/17/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This weekend we light the third candle of the advent wreath. It’s a pink candle, reminding us that the birth of the Savior is near. St Paul tells us to rejoice. As a Christian joy and rejoicing should be part of our everyday existence. We are called to live as people…