Several weeks ago, Father James George McKenna died at the home of a humble family in Ciudad Juárez in Mexico. He died as he had lived, in the midst of a people suffering pain and violence, but still full of faith and of love.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015080Great memories of the glorious Easter Vigil Mass flooded into my mind as I inspected the photo on the front of the April 24 edition of The Texas Catholic. There was the good Bishop Douglas Deshotel, flanked by his faithful deacons pouring the waters of salvation over the bowed head of a lovely catechumen. What graces were bestowed upon...
Friday, April 10, 2015049By now Lent and Holy Week and Easter Sunday have come and gone. But there are always remnants of what has happened in the past to remind us that maybe we didn’t sweep all the corners, maybe we didn’t fix all the leaks in our roof, maybe we missed some blessings.
Friday, March 27, 2015072As we enter into the great days of Holy Week, preparing for the joy of Easter resurrection and newness of life in mind, spirit and body, we need to reflect on the past weeks of Lenten penance and reconciliation. Warmer, brighter, greener days are coming, but do you remember the cold icy weeks of February and early March?
Tuesday, March 17, 2015032As we march through the weeks of Lent, it is of special significance that this year is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Merton. Merton was a monk who prayed and lived in a cloistered monastery and yet had a great impact on the spiritual lives of many with his books and letters.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014094It is Advent season, and we have been warned to stay awake and to keep our eyes alert for a special coming of someone who will show us the path that leads to eternal life.
The old song told us that we could go to the east or go to the west, but someday we would find our happiness in our own backyard. The validity of this thought came to me in a very graphic way recently when I traveled to St. Louis and back on the occasion of the 50th birthday celebration of my niece, Anne.Columnists
As I meditated on St. Luke’s gospel story about the fishing expertise of Jesus, I recognized a couple of good examples to point out for all folks who would like to promulgate the Good News of salvation to their world.
Thursday, July 17, 2014059Summer is now officially here, and we Texans know that many hot days soon follow. Stay cool! Take a vacation. Relax and pray for more rain. It has been just long enough from the last day of regular school that the Vacation Bible School format proved to be a success with the students who enjoyed congregating again with their peers. At...