Confirmation

The Holy Spirit and the Old Testament

"Pentecost (detail) by Josef Ignaz Mildorfer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“The readings at the Vigil introduce us to the Holy Spirit and His mission through Old Testament typology and prophecy.” The Extended Vigil for Pentecost Many years ago while studying in Rome, I was able to attend an extended Vigil Mass for Pentecost. While not many parishes take advantage of the option, the current Roman Missal has brought back an extended option […]

Life After the Ascension

“God does not call us to a mission without giving us what we need to accomplish it.” Right before the Ascension in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus says something intriguing before leaving:  I am with you always. An interesting way to say goodbye. I am with you always. Seems a big contradictory, doesn’t it? Jesus has spent three years with these men, […]

Leaven for the Kingdom

“As members of Christ’s Mystical Body, we must work to make His Kingdom present in the world.” As we finish up looking at our mission as baptized members of the Church, we must remember—baptism doesn’t just make us members of the Church. It incorporates us into Christ. We become part of His Mystical Body, and so we are called to […]

Prophets in the World

kj “Prophecy is not always about telling the future. It’s about telling the truth.” Last week, I began looking at the three-fold office or mission of the People of God. We receive this mission as our baptism, when we are incorporated into the Body of Christ and given a share in Christ’s office of priest, prophet and king. In the […]

The Priesthood of the Faithful

Photograph © by Andy Coan

“As priests, we are united to Christ and His sacrifice in the offering we make of ourselves and our daily lives.” Over the next three weeks, I want to look at our baptismal call as Christians. There are many effects of the sacrament of Baptism – the forgiveness of all sin (original and personal) and the infusion of God’s life […]

Sign of Transformation

Photography © by Andy Coan

Everyone knows the story of the first of the Lord’s “signs” — how Jesus changed water into wine at the wedding feast of Cana at the request of Mary, his mother. But there is more to the story than at first meets the eye. The Mass readings for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) — Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalms 96:1-2, […]

Baptism of the Lord and Mission

Photography © by Andy Coan

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Jordan closes the Christmas Season. This reflection on the scripture readings for the feast also provide us insight into the sacraments of baptism and Confirmation and give us food for meditation as we say the first luminous mystery of the rosary. The Mass readings for the Feast of […]

Daily Quote — from Saint Ambrose of Milan

"St. Ambrose" by Matthias Stom

“Remember, then, that you received a spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear. Keep safe what you received. God the Father sealed you, Christ the Lord strengthened you and sent the Spirit into your hearts as the pledge of what is to come, as you learned in the […]

Living Your Anointing

I am five years old.  I’m sitting in my bedroom, pondering as I tend to do at this age. “God, I just want you to know that I am here when you need me,” I silently pray as I gingerly caress a favorite image of Our Lady. “I want to do great things for You one day.” This was not […]

Why is the world not on fire?

A few years ago, I was faced with the task of teaching about the sacrament of Confirmation and the Holy Spirit to a large group of catechists.  It was daunting task.  My own Confirmation had been fifteen years earlier, and I honestly didn’t remember much of the preparation, although I know it was probably better than most.  I don’t remember […]