February 4, 2019

I do not know much about the family of Wendell Black except that at his advanced age he was taking care of an adult son whom he often brought to Church events, and that other family members lived with him. 

But I think that the little I know about him outside...

January 28, 2019

Today's feast of St. Thomas Aquinas reminds me of the time many decades ago when I bought the 5-volume Summa Theologiae which he wrote.  It was in Latin.

It was a basic textbook and resource book in our philosophy and theology classes in the seminary.

One can not but won...

January 28, 2019

Continued . . .

Grandpa:  So, Joey, when you receive Holy Communion

you are eating the Body of Jesus Who is the Lamb of God. Right?

Joey:  Yes, Grandpa, that is what the priest says when he raises the Host at Mass. He also says "The Body of Christ" when he gives Communio...

January 22, 2019

Today, Joey, my 8-year-old grandson, wanted to go to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, a 30-minute drive away. Following is part of our conversation in the car:

Grandpa: Joey, do you know it's the feast day of your mom today?
Joey: Yes, Grandpa, it's the...

January 14, 2019

"What name do you give your child?" This is the first question the minister asks the parents of a child to be baptized.

The name given by the parents is not one thought of at the spur of the moment but was decided upon after several options were considered beforehand. A...

December 31, 2018

 As another year ends . . . and a new one begins

Saint Ignatius of Loyola recommends the Examen as an essential part of one's daily spiritual activities.

The Ignatian Examen is usually done at the end of the day before one retires for the night.  The exercise is for one...

December 28, 2018

I had thought that Saint Stephen, one of the first seven deacons, was the first martyr who was killed for witnessing to Christ. His feast day is the day after Christmas.

On my way to Mass this morning December 28, I realized that it was the hundreds of babies put to dea...

December 26, 2018

  or "Putting Christ Back in Christmas"

I was at a neighborhood Filipino grocery store making a last-minute pick-up of some ingredients for a traditional native dish for Christmas Eve dinner.  There were more shoppers than usual and the cashier was very happy...

December 26, 2018

“And the Word became flesh

and made his dwelling among us –“ (John 1:14)

Today, Christmas Day, is the birthday of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Today we again celebrate His coming about 2018 years ago, in a small town in Israel called Bethlehem, which means “House of...

December 21, 2018

There is something in songs and hymns in Latin that often catches the interest even of people who do not have much familiarity (or none at all) with the revered official language of the Catholic Church for centuries.  

Recently a close relative of mine who has left...

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