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…

12/10/2017

On Friday December 8th we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception. In my childhood it was the day the country folk came to town to do their Christmas shopping. They would go to early Mass and catch the train into the city. Sometimes my mother would meet up with her sisters but most times…

12/03/2017

It was good to be with family and friends but it is equally good to come back to family and friends. I was tired at all the Masses last weekend , but it was so nice to be welcomed back and to see familiar faces. The fact that it was hospitality Sunday made it all…

11/26/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, You do not visit Ireland for the weather, but these last few days in the middle of November have been lovely. This evening we have the wedding rehearsal a much more low key event than in the US. The sun has been shining. Yesterday my brother cut the grass and tided…

11/19/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am sitting at the kitchen table at my brother’s house in Dublin writing this piece. It is a damp November day, but it’s still above freezing. The garden still has tomato plants with ripening tomatoes on them. There are still flowers in bloom, and as my niece’s wedding is on…