July 31 is the Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. Fifty-four years ago, at the age of 17, I entered the society as a somewhat naive and reckless young adult. Asking God for travel and adventure, in His tremendous generosity, I received an overabundance of both. It is truly unbelievable the way God has graced me, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude.READ MORE
"Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." (Mk 6:31)
As we gear up for the new school and fiscal year, it is important that we all get rest, recreation, a retreat if possible. Jesus and his disciples were just as challenged then as we are today.
Let's all make an effort to "Recreate" ourselves through rest and relaxation.READ MORE
Jesus sent the 12 out, two by two, on a mission. No food, no money, nothing extra. What is the no-frills core of our mission and how can we accomplish it?READ MORE
"My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made in perfect weakness." Lord, let me turn my weakness over to you so that your power can manifest in me, remembering that when I am weak, then your power working through me makes me strong.READ MORE
The woman with the hemorrhage was unclean according to Jewish law. She violated the law by touching Jesus. What faith she had that he would overlook her viiolation of the law, see her faith, and heal her of her afflictions! Lord, increase our faith...to help us grow in your love and overcome our fears and our shortcomings.READ MORE
This summer, I invite you to plant a mustard seed in a cup of soil. Water it, and watch it grow. And as you watch it grow, remember that the smallest of seeds can become the largest plant. The same with the seed of the Kingdom of God in our hearts. The smallest seed, when nurtured, can conquer the universe with love.READ MORE
To parents of young children attending St. Francis Xavier Parish: May we suggest … RELAX! God put the wiggle in children. Don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome!READ MORE
‘Pesach’ is the Hebrew word for Passover. Our word “Paschal” is a derivative of Pesach. In effect, Christ became our Passover, our Paschal Lamb, when he gave us his body and blood at the Last Supper.
As summer approaches, let us renew our effort to be nourished weekly by the Body and Blood of Christ at the Table of the Lord.READ MORE
The mystery of the Holy Trinity is far beyond our imagination. We all know the 1,2,3 formula: One God; Two Natures; Three Persons. We’ve all heard the three-leaf clover and the triangle analogies, but really, since the Trinity is beyond our comprehension, let's take what we can from this mystery.
The Most Holy Trinity is a synergy of Love. The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit create a vortex of Love. Whenever we make the Sign of the Cross, or pray to one of the persons of the Trinity, we enter into that vortex and become part of God’s power of love.READ MORE
Pentecost is the feast of the Holy Spirit. “As the Father sends me, so I send you. Receive the Holy Spirit.” The Spirit is prompting St. Francis Xavier Parish to spread the Good News through many ministries and apostolates. Perhaps the most crucial ministry we offer is for youth and teens. If the Spirit is calling us to minister to young people, what can we do to help them? I would ask everyone in this parish to pray to the Holy Spirit to enlighten us. What is the Spirit calling us as a Parish—as the assembly of God and the body of Christ-- to do here and now?READ MORE
In today’s gospel, Jesus missioned his disciples, “Go into the world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” For almost 2,000 years, the gospel has been proclaimed in every corner of the world. But has it been lived? Have Christians proclaimed the Good News with their lives?READ MORE
Fr. Henri de Lubac, S.J., a “peritus – expert” at Vatican II, came to my Novitiate during one of the breaks in the council to go through his annual retreat. The retreat director, a newly ordained priest, started the retreat with today’s second reading, “God is Love.”
De Lubac began taking notes furiously. The young retreat master stayed up late all 8 nights of the retreat to write brilliant talks to impress Fr. de Lubac. At the end of the retreat, the young priest asked de Lubac to see the notes he had taken. What a shock! All de Lubac had written were the first three words the retreat director had spoken, “God is Love.” The rest were merely scribbles de Lubac wrote while pondering the magnitude of those words.READ MORE