Parish Diary: My friend Fr. Henry Rodriguez died suddenly last month. He was always a pastor and a priest, but his ministry did not stop at the church door.
Parish Diary: For me the police killings and the killing of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile occasioned two weeks of soul searching and preaching on the difficult topic of race and violence in our society.
Parish Diary: In a shrinking world, as religions and cultures interact and sometimes react, priests can be instruments of peace beyond their church walls.
Parish Diary: Wouldn’t some effort at dialogue be a better reflection of the teaching of Christ? Jesus did not feel the need to condemn.
Like much of the country just now, my parish is buried under snow. It is lovely.
The physical beauty of the shimmering clean white cover over everything is stunning. But there is also the spiritual beauty of a big snow fall. It is a universal Sabbath, given to us by God or nature or both.
In 2003 I wrote about the beauty and blessing of snow. It is still true:
"This blanket of snow is a spiritual experience. It is a sign of God's grace and a metaphor for how that grace is experienced."
First of all it is powerful.
Parish Diary: I went to see "Spotlight" by myself. As a parish priest I found it painful to watch. I was ashamed.
Parish Diary: The Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage may, in fact, make things better, not only for LGBT couples, but also for our society.
Parish Diary: When Pope Francis was here in the United States it was a great week to be a Catholic in America.
Parish Diary: Religions rise. Religions fall. Is the Catholic church going out of business? It's a fair question.
Parish Diary: Our parish has been trying to go green for almost 10 years. Earth Day seemed like a good time to reflect on how we're doing.