Time to Retire

It is almost 12:00 midnight. It is time to go to bed and retire for the night. But it is hard to do just that. There is still a lot more to do. The day has been filled with so many things, so much stuff, so many events, so many activities, so many words spoken, so many thoughts in mind, so many interactions with so many people, so many things you wanted to do but are not all done, so many projects begun and are still to continue or to start. There is still a lot more to do. If only there were more than 24 hours in a day. Maybe another 12 or 24 more! But that is not the case. At the end of the day, one must go to bed and retire for the night. To rest one's tired body, one's tired spirit. To r

Winning the Cup . . . Finally !

There was a lot of jubilation in Washington, D.C. last night. Its ice hockey team, the Capitals, after 44 years of trying, finally won the prestigious Stanley Cup. Throngs of fans crowd inside and around the Capital One Center jumped and cheered their hometown team each time they scored and then erupted into frenzied celebration even before the last half-second ended. Bigger crowds can be expected to welcome their champions when they return bringing home the coveted trophy. Last night and the following days are moments of glory for the Washington fans and their team and, as the caption flashed on the TV screen, probably everyday for a long time. It is amazing how two competing teams trying t

"Why Did You Do This?"

Some Reflections on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi Whenever I open the tabernacle at Mass to get the ciborium containing the Sacred Hosts, I often talk to Jesus and ask Him: "Why did You do this?" -- that is, making Himself present in the form and appearance of pieces of unleavened bread (wafers) to be received by the people, and staying there in the tabernacle night and day. I ask Him the same question whenever I open the tabernacle and put a Host in a pyx to bring to a home bound parishioner or distribute Him to the people, or receive Him myself at Mass. The question does not imply a doubt in the Real Presence at all but is an expression of awe, amazement and gratitude for what God's lo