Freedom in Small Spaces

If you’re looking for good spiritual reading that’s practical and accessible, you might want to try the works of Fr. Jacques Philippe.  He has written many books, including one called Interior Freedom, in which he explains: “Every Christian needs to discover that even in the most unfavorable outward circumstances we possess within ourselves a space of freedomContinue reading “Freedom in Small Spaces”

Sick of Coronavirus

posted 8/8/20 I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of sick of Coronavirus.  And when I say sick, I don’t mean I have Coronavirus, but that I’m tired of it.  I hate how it has forced us to live.  I dislike wearing masks and social distancing.  The plexiglass barriers at every cash register, the closed storefronts.  In darker momentsContinue reading “Sick of Coronavirus”

Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy

posted 8/1/20 It was on March 16, 2020 that Bishop Caggiano, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, issued the decree that temporarily suspended all public celebration of Masses in the presence of the lay faithful throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport.  Thankfully, the suspension ended on May 21st, and it has been great to see people beginning to return toContinue reading “Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy”

On the Mass

posted 5/24/20 As we make preparations for the resumption of public Masses this weekend, it’s hard to believe that it’s been 62 days since the last public Mass in our parish and throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport.  Perhaps now is a good time to consider why, in the absence of the faithful, priests continued to say Masses over these past three months – not just in front of a camera, butContinue reading “On the Mass”

Enduring Hardships

posted 5/16/20 During this season of Easter, the Church gives us readings for Mass taken from the Acts of the Apostles. The Book of Acts tells us about the earliest days of the Church and the missionary work of the Apostles, especially St. Paul.  This past week featured a remarkable passage (Acts 14:5-28) about the experiences of Paul and Barnabas asContinue reading “Enduring Hardships”

Little House

posted 4/24/20 Last year my sister was looking for a nice show that she and her husband could watch with their children.  Remembering how much she enjoyed the show Little House on the Prairie as a kid, she decided she would introduce them to it.  Unfortunately, the first episode she played for them was the one in which the family’s barn burned down in aContinue reading “Little House”

Living the Mass

posted 4/23/20 “To those who are used to daily Mass there is no privation more terrible than that of having to do without it.”  These words are from the book This War is the Passion by Caryll Houselander.  Houselander was born in England in 1901 and became Catholic at the age of six, when her mother entered the Church.  She had several mystical experiences in herContinue reading “Living the Mass”