On behalf of the Jesuit Fathers of St. Francis Xavier, and the members of our community missioned at Brophy College Prep, and Creighton Medical School, I offer our best wishes for a blessed Thanksgiving. We hope the day provides you and your family with memorable moments that are cherished for years to come.
Put on your helmets and fasten your seatbelts, it's apocalyptic time. Apocalypse is a Greek word for revelation. As we approach the end of the liturgical year, our readings turn to end times. Though the images are dark and jagged, Jesus assures us that we have nothing to fear. Since we do not know the day nor the hour, it's up to us to continue our lives of praise, reverence, and service daily, lest we be caught unawares at the end.READ MORE
As we wind down the liturgical year (just two weeks left until Christ the King -the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year) it is not by accident that our readings contrast the overwhelming generosity of the Widow of Zarephath, and the Widow who gives the Mite, with the hypocrisy of the Scribes.READ MORE
Shema Israel, Adonai elohenu, Adonai echad. Hear O Israel, the Lord your God is Lord alone.
What a paradox! When we surrender to God's love, we become part of God's whole heart, soul, mind and strength. God's tremendous generosity allows us to love God back with everything we have and are. This love overflows to our neighbor. We give everything to God, and God gives it back to us 100-fold plus life eternal. Beat that insurance package, Mutual of Omaha!READ MORE
Pope Francis invites the faithful to pray the Rosary in October from Vatican News 9/29/2018:
The Holy Father has decided to invite all the faithful, of all the world, to pray the Holy Rosary every day, during the entire Marian month of October, and thus to join in communion and in penitence, as the people of God, in asking the Holy Mother of God and Saint Michael Archangel to protect the Church from the devil, who always seeks to separate us from God and from each other.READ MORE
Brothers and Sisters, let us Pray for our Holy Father, the hierarchy and for our Church throughout the world including laity and clergy alike that we may reconcile, heal and build bridges moving forward as one body in Christ.READ MORE
We recently held the annual fundraising breakfast, “Coffee with Companions/Jesuit Strong-er.” Both John Graham and I spoke at the event and I felt it was important to share the essence of these remarks again.READ MORE
Exactly half way through Mark’s Gospel, Jesus asks, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter responds, “You are the Christ.” Then Jesus gives his first warning that he must suffer greatly, be rejected and be killed and after three days, rise again. This is the first prediction of his Passion, Death and Resurrection. There will be two more.READ MORE
Wash inside the cup. People can see the outside, but health depends on the cleanliness of the part where we drink. The gospel of today clearly tells us; "Wash the interior, keep it clean."
Lave en interior de la taza. La gente puede ver la parte exterior, pero la salud depende de la limpieza de la parte donde bebemos. El evangelio del dia de hoy claramente nos dice; "Lava el interior, mantenlo limpio."
The whole Church has been rocked with the Pennsylvania scandal. Please read the Holy Father, Bishop Olmsted, and Fr. Provincial (Scott Santarosa)’s letters on our SFX Website.
Bishop Barron’s homily for Tue, Aug 21, gives us hope for a path forward.READ MORE
There is a unifying theme in this Sunday’s three readings:
Proverbs 9:1-6. Wisdom or folly?
Ephesians 5:15-20. Use your time well, not in drunkenness and debauchery.
John 6:51-58. We can choose to receive the “Bread of Life” or NOT.
Let us choose wisely. Let us choose life.
Hay un tema unificador en as tres lecturas de este domingo.
Proverbios 9:1-6. ¿Sabiduría o locura?
Efesios 5:15-20. Usa bien su tiempo, no en la embriaguez y el libertinaje.
Juan 6:51-58. Elija recibir el Pan de Vida o NO.
Vamos a elegir sabiamente. Vamos a elegir la vida.
Each of us receives the abundant blessing of the Bread of Life - Holy Communion - when we participate in mass. We carry the bread of life forward and distribute it through our good works to all those we meet. We come back to Holy Communion to complete the cycle. This infinite circle keeps us constantly connected to God.READ MORE
Seeking eternal life has been the subject of many movies, books, and stories; in “The Last Crusade,” Indiana Jones’ quest is to find the Holy Grail and achieve immortality. Earthly death is our common denominator, and shattering the constraints of it has been a fantastical desire since the beginning of time.READ MORE