Blog Posts from July, 2017

The Different Sort of Ambition

Jam-428094 1920 What should be the ambition of an earthen vessel? To serve well, despite one’s cracks and chips.  To be at peace at the back of the counter, behind the cabinet doors, or even on the floor.  Its greatness isn’t measured by its prominence but rather by its usefulness and sharing the treasures given it by grace.  What we now venerate as our icons of holiness were once earthen vessels. St. James, patron of pilgrims and laborers, pray for us on our journey of discipleship. —JC   

Episode 18 Tap Into Life - Detroit

Tom and keith Fr. Keith and Fr. Tom discuss how their friendship has grown over the years. Also how their ministries have given back joy, friendship, and community.  If you are interested in listening to the podcast, it can be found on Apple Podcasts and in Google Play. Or you can listen through this link here. Please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts and Google Play, this helps other listeners find the podcast.   Have questions? We can be reached at:  

A Simple and Timeless Mission

Benedictinevespers Rome St. Benedict of Nursia Matthew 9:32-38 The core of the Church’s mission is summarized in today’s gospel passage.  Following the example of Jesus, we his disciples are called to teach, proclaim the good news of God’s kingdom, and share God’s healing grace and mercy with others, especially those who are “troubled and abandoned.”  This is our common vocation, regardless of our particular vocations as single people, spouses and parents, consecrated religious or members of the clergy.  St. Benedict, whose feast we celebrate today, lived it by

Self-Evident, Not Self-Indulgent

Fireworks-574739 1280 July 4, 2017 Independence Day (USA) Isaiah 58:6-11; Luke 12:16-21   I had trouble sleeping last night. I was probably overtired from a couple days of moving into my new home at Parroquia de Santa Clara de Montefalco, which is across the parking lot from San José Friary here in Chicago.  In addition, our neighborhood was filled with the booms and crackles of various fireworks.  After about an hour of tossing and turning, I decided to do something useful.  I grabbed my phone, connected with YouTube, and listened to a couple of recordings of people reading the Declaration