January 13, 2013

Every year all priests are required to make at least a five day spiritual retreat. This last week I was on my retreat. You were in my prayers, but I hope you understand that I didn’t have time to right my column. So once again my favorite guest columnist…Oremus pro invicem, Fr. De Celles Pope Benedict XVI, Homily on the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord, January, 9, 2011 Dear brothers and sisters, I am happy to give you a cordial welcome, especially you parents and godparents of the 21 infants to whom, in a moment, I will have … Continue reading

December 9, 2012

ADVENT, BAPTISM and PENANCE. Advent is a time to prepare for Christmas, not simply by buying presents or decorating the house, but by “prepar[ing] the way of the Lord” into our hearts and lives. We begin by reflecting on the words St. Luke uses in today’s Gospel to summarize the entire message of St. John the Baptist: “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” Now, for the baptized, these words might recall to us our baptismal innocence, especially if we were baptized as babies: a newly baptized baby is absolutely pure and holy in the eyes of … Continue reading