Reflections

Just Arrogant Enough

Take a look at Monday morning’s Gospel reading and read between the lines. To understand the metaphor, understand the Samaritans: bastard Jews – religiously and biologically. In 581, Babylonians moved into Samaria and intermarry with Jews there. You cannot do this if you want to keep the religion and the… Read More »

Amid Chaos, Hope

An anniversary passes this week that will likely be lost in the news of hurricanes and presidential tweets. With the start of school, open houses, meetings with teachers, and homework, today might just go unnoticed. Since that Tuesday morning sixteen years ago the world has changed in so many ways. We are… Read More »

Marriage Preparation

Marriage Prep | Preparación Matrimonial en español Marriage Prep Checklist | Additional and Post-Marriage Prep Resources The Diocesan Marriage Preparation Class is designed to be an engaging, enriching, and beautiful presentation of the teachings of our faith. Use this page to read more and to register for required classes, offered several times throughout the year…. Read More »

Preparación Matrimonial

Marriage Prep | Preparación Matrimonial en español Marriage Prep Checklist | Additional and Post-Marriage Prep Resources Las clases Diocesanas de Preparación Matrimonial están diseñadas para motivar, enriquecer y presentar la belleza de las enseñanzas de nuestra fe. Utilice esta página para informarse y para inscribirse en las clases requeridas. Se ofrecen varias… Read More »

I Get Thomas

I get Thomas. I get why he needed to see the wounds. Like you, I struggle. I doubt. I wonder. I’ve put all my eggs in this basket, after all, and there are moments I look up and think, “This better be true.” I think we all do. All honest… Read More »

Official Institute Prayer Released

The official prayer of The Leadership Institute has been promulgated by Bishop Frank Caggiano and will be distributed for the first time at the Institute’s launch on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. A collaborative effort among theologians, diocesan leaders, and supporters of the Institute, the prayer asks for God to bless… Read More »

Marriage Preparation Checklist

Marriage Prep | Preparación Matrimonial en español Marriage Prep Checklist | Additional and Post-Marriage Prep Resources Marriage Preparation Checklist Initial Contact with Priest (or Deacon) Between 6 to 12 months prior to your proposed wedding date. Meet with your parish priest or deacon, even if they will not be the ones celebrating… Read More »

Signs

In the Gospel reading from Matthew, we hear some of the scribes and Pharisees demand of Jesus, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” Wouldn’t that be nice? As violence begets more violence and the world seems to go indiscriminately mad around us, wouldn’t it be great to get… Read More »

The Ditch

I’ve been thinking about the Gospel reading of the Good Samaritan. It is one of my favorite parables and I used to love when it would come up in class when I was teaching. But as I reflect on the events of the last year or so, the parable has taken… Read More »