The Beautiful Life of St. Francis 

In the Italian city of Assisi there is a small church named San Damiano located halfway down the hill upon which the city is built.  There, in the year 1205, the young Francis knelt in prayer before a large crucifix. Suddenly, he heard the voice of Christ speaking to him from the crucifix, calling toContinue reading The Beautiful Life of St. Francis “

Parish Potential 

Next Saturday, August 13, is the feast day of Blessed Michael McGivney.  Fr. McGivney is well-known for having founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882, which today is a Catholic fraternal organization that has over 2 million members worldwide, providing hundreds of millions of dollars in charitable giving as well as countless man-hours of serviceContinue reading Parish Potential “

“They Glorified God in Me” 

The title of this article is the phrase with which St. John Henry Newman introduces his short poem titled: “Transfiguration.”  The poem is as follows: I saw thee once and nought discern’d/ for stranger to admire;/ A serious aspect, but it burn’d/ With no unearthly fire./ Again I saw, and I confess’d/ Thy speech wasContinue reading “They Glorified God in Me” “

What It’s All About

There’s a story about a young Italian priest who was travelling by train and found himself sharing a compartment with a group of high school students. Since it was 1952 and there were no smart phones to distract them, the priest and the young people engaged in conversation.  What the priest discovered through the conversationContinue reading “What It’s All About”