Friday of Sorrows

posted 4/3/20 Today we find ourselves in the Friday of what’s called “Passiontide,” which refers to the final two weeks of Lent.  Passiontide begins in dramatic fashion, with the veiling of images in our churches on the 5th Sunday of Lent.  If you visit St. Cecilia Church, or watched the video of the parish Mass in St. Gabriel’s last weekend, youContinue reading “Friday of Sorrows”

Walker Percy

posted 4/1/20 When I was in seminary I was introduced to the work of the author Walker Percy.  Percy was a native of Alabama and after finishing college at the University of North Carolina went to study medicine at Columbia University in New York.  While working as an intern at Bellvue Hospital in 1942, Walker contracted tuberculosis and was forced toContinue reading “Walker Percy”

This Strange Sabbath

posted 3/28/20 The Holy Father’s Urbi et Orbi blessing yesterday was very beautiful.  I was particularly struck by the solitary image of him walking up the steps to the podium, and then by the moment in which he led Benediction, blessing the city and the world with the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance.  In his prayer, the pope said: “ItContinue reading “This Strange Sabbath”

The Angelus

posted 3/26/20 I got a call today from my friend Fr. Andy Vill.  Fr. Vill might be familiar to you since he served as the assistant at St. John’s downtown for several years.  He’s currently living in Spain, discerning whether he is being called to join a religious community there.  My friendship with Fr. Vill goes back to our time inContinue reading “The Angelus”

The Annunciation

posted 3/24/20 Tomorrow, 3/25, is the Feast of the Annunciation on which we celebrate the Archangel Gabriel’s announcement to the Blessed Virgin Mary that God had chosen her to be the Mother of the Savior.  It’s a special day for the people of our parish for a couple of reasons – first: St. Gabriel is one of ourContinue reading “The Annunciation”

Missing Mass

posted 3/23/20 “Sometimes I think that those who have never been deprived of an opportunity to say or hear Mass do not really appreciate what a treasure the Mass is.” – Fr. Walter Ciszek  For the past month or so I’ve been making my way through a book called He Leadeth Me, which is the spiritual autobiography of Fr. Walter Ciszek,Continue reading “Missing Mass”

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

posted 3/21/20 In the year 165 AD plague broke out in the Roman Empire.  Now referred to as the Antonine Plague, historians believe it originated in China and that Roman soldiers came into contact with it while on campaign in modern-day Iraq.  It quickly spread into Gaul and the Germanic territories held by the Empire and even down into the Italian peninsula.  Based on contemporary descriptionsContinue reading “Love in the Time of Coronavirus”