Blog Posts from February, 2018

The Cup of Jesus

Chalice wine prayer mass communion religion christian holy-546649 Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Lent Matthew 20:17-28 “You don’t know what you’re asking.  No saben ustedes lo que piden.” James and John (and their mother, on their behalf) desired greatness.  But they didn’t understand what greatness on Jesus’ terms really meant.  Greatness on Jesus’ terms means suffering—not all the time, but suffering all the same. It can be a bitter cup.  But there’s more in that cup.  It’s also a cup of service, self-sacrifice and love. 

Cleanser from Heaven

Its-raining-glass-rain-king-raindrops-1594135 Tuesday of the First Week of Lent Isaiah 55:10-11; Matthew 6:7-15   Today’s passage from Isaiah uses the image of rains coming down to nourish the earth and in turn to help produce our food to describe the word of God.  But rains have another effect:  they help cleanse the earth, too. I thought of that second effect early this morning as we in Chicago and elsewhere in this part of the country were receiving some heavy showers.  Forecasters were predicting several inches of rain and the risk of flooding.  This is not normal

Episode 59 - Chicago

Reconciliation-image2 Did you overindulge?  Ahhh, we all have.  Br. MJ and Br. Vito discuss the beautiful Sacrament of the Catholic Church that welcomes us to make peace with our missteps - that's right, we're talking Reconciliation. Please click here to listen Please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts and Google Play, this helps other listeners find the podcast. Please share this podcast with your friends and family! Have questions or a suggestion for a topic for the friars? Email us: Visit us on Facebook!

A Place for God to Dwell

Pexels-photo-133699 St. Paul Miki and Companions 1 Kings 8:22-23, 27-30 We humans spend a lot of time and money building places where we can encounter God or the divine in particular ways: churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, shrines, etc.  Yet the most important place for God to dwell is the one closest to us:  our own hearts.  Solomon and the people of Israel opened the temple in Jerusalem with great fanfare and countless sacrifices, yet it was destroyed a few centuries later.  After the martyrdom of St. Paul Miki and his companions, Japan was closed to the outside world