Monthly Archives: July 2019

Week of August 4, 2019

Take care to guard against all greed; one’s life does not consist of possessions. (Lk 12:15) When I was in college, a fellow student came to class one day wearing a shirt that read, “The one who dies with the most toys wins!” Although the saying was an ironic comment on the excesses of the […]

Week of July 28, 2019

Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples. Lk. 11:1-13 Jesus offers these teachings on prayer during his journey to Jerusalem.  This is especially apt, because it is during this time that he prepares his disciples for their own ministry.  Luke presents a version of the Lord’s Prayer as a summary introduction […]

Week of July 21, 2019

Every good work contains the possibility of an encounter with God.  —Michael Simone, S.J. In Abraham’s time, visitors were relatively rare, and their arrival could be a cause of anxiety for all parties.  A powerful individual could enslave an unprotected wanderer; an unscrupulous traveler could plunder an unsuspecting host.  To control the encounter, ancient cultures […]

Week of July 14, 2019

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” (Lk. 10:29) The problem of righteousness perplexed many in Jesus’ day.  Righteousness, in its basic sense, means life as God intended it to be lived.  Humanity had somehow lost its way, so God gave Israel instructions for full human […]

Week of July 7, 2019

Every year through the Missionary Plan of Cooperation, the diocese tries to bring to every parish a personal experience of what it means to be engaged in mission, and to assist a particular group of missionaries working in one of the thousands of missions in the world. The Oblates of St. Francis de Sales will […]