HOLY THURSDAY Tonight we begin the Triduum, the three most important days in the liturgical year of our Church. It is the Passover, the Last Supper, and Jesus has gathered with his disciples. In St. John's Gospel passage for the Mass of the Lord's Supper, Jesus washes the feet of the disciples. Why are we reading about Jesus washing feet? It is essential to understand that the lowest slave would have the task of washing the disciples' feet before entering the host's home. So
SPY WEDNESDAY It is the last day of Lent. Tomorrow we will enter a new liturgical season, the shortest of the year, the Triduum. We have had all of Lent to reflect upon the words prayed over our ashes, "Repent, and believe in the Gospel." Today as we read Matthew's Gospel, we again see Judas's betrayal of our Lord. St. Matthew's account is heart-wrenching; the tension at the table is palpable even today as we place ourselves in the scene. The disciples are troubled, "Deeply d
HOLY MONDAY Holy Week is here. This Lent seems inordinately short, and yet, at the same time, it feels like we've been in "Lent" for a very long time. In Wyoming, the snow is finally beginning to melt, and we've had a few warmer days with sunshine. Those days are usually quickly replaced by another cloudy, snowy day, and we are reminded that Spring isn't quite ready to take hold. In today's Gospel, it is six days before the Passover. Jesus has gone to Bethany to be with his f
THURSDAY OF THE THIRTY-THIRD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME Reading today's Gospel, Luke 19:41-44, I cringe at Jesus weeping. You see, when Jesus approaches Jerusalem, His chosen people do not recognize Him. He knocks at the door of their hearts, asking to be let in, but they are too busy, too consumed with their own lives to open their hearts to Christ and His peace. As we come to the end of our liturgical year and approach the season of Advent, I reflect on my own heart. Am I conten
MONDAY OF THE THIRTY-THIRD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME Is it Christmas yet? Yesterday, I cooked sticky toffee pudding and mama's holiday staple, Spinach Madeline. I served them both with a glazed pork loin and roasted fall vegetables. The table was set with our wedding napkins, tablecloth, and my husband and I ate dinner by candlelight. Is it Christmas yet? Before mom and dad headed back home to Louisiana for the winter, we had our own "Christmas day" with a full Christmas dinner a
TUESDAY OF THE TWENTY-NINTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME Reading today's Gospel from St. Luke, this line strikes me: "ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks." (Luke 12:36) Cris and I have just returned from a two-week visit to Michigan to visit his family. As a complete introvert, being with people continually is challenging for me. Ready to open immediately? When we are speaking of interior prayer life, I'm all in. An hour in the Adoration chapel, easy peasy! But I'm no
MEMORIAL OF ST. THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS Last night before I climbed into my bed, I laid down with my dog, Addie, on her bed for some goodnight snuggles. As I lay there with my sweet pup, I realized a few things. Cris and I have been getting ready for a road trip to visit his family. As always, I'm anxious about many things, not the least of which is leaving Addie with a sitter. She doesn't know I'm leaving her; she seems to think life is perfectly fine. She gets up with me
THE FEAST OF ST. MATTHEW During this morning's Daily Mass, Father posed this question while preaching the homily: "How do we deal with conflict?" He continued with the question, "How do we deal with Roe v. Wade?" The second question was easy for me. I work in a pregnancy resource center. I have been on eight trips to Washington, DC, for the March for Life with hundreds of young people, and I've taught Theology of the Body to hundreds of teens. I believe Roe v. Wade is about a
MEMORIAL OF SAINTS CORNELIUS, POPE, AND CYPRIAN, BISHOP, MARTYRS It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. (1 Cor 13:7-8) Today's first reading from 1 Corinthians is one that strikes the heart. St. Paul's words are so poetic and truthful. Love is patient and kind; it is not rude; it does not seek its own interests; it rejoices in truth! We are in the midst of the worst year for our country that my generation has ever see
TUESDAY OF THE TWENTY-SECOND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME Three weeks ago, the University of Wyoming pulled back it's opening, and my step-son, Jake, was among the many kids that stopped packing for college and made plans to start college from his bedroom. Since the day we got the news, I've been exchanging emails with our Airbnb host. Now, in fairness to her, her cancellation policy is pretty much if you don't come, you don't get money back. But me being me, I approached the situat
I'm thousands of miles away. My house is standing. My family is safe. When I turn on the faucet, water comes out. The power is on. The internet works. The grocery stores are stocked. There isn't even a line at the gas station. Yesterday, UPS delivered my Amazon package with a brand new waffle iron. I am blessed. I am beyond blessed. This life offers us trials, and 2020 has put many things in perspective. Now, I watch as the people of Lake Charles and the surrounding areas beg
MONDAY OF THE SEVENTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME In today's Gospel, Jesus is again speaking in parables. This time it is the parable of the mustard seed and the leaven. Parables are frequent in the Synoptic Gospels. Jesus's parables conceal and reveal the divine mysteries by comparing earthly scenarios to heavenly mysteries. The humble look deeper into the parable's meaning to search out God's revelation while the purpose remains hidden from the proud. Parables in their negati
WEDNESDAY OF THE THIRTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME There were these two savage demoniacs . . . this is not the beginning of my bad joke for the day; it is the beginning of today's Gospel reading. Jesus comes upon two demons. We are told they are so savage that people will no longer use the road for fear of them. The demons cried out to Jesus, "What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?" (Matthew 8:29) Did you notice it?
FRIDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF EASTER I am unimaginably blessed. This is the thought that has been swirling around my head this morning to share with you.
After spending some time with the daily readings, on the elliptical, because exercise and prayer are how I start the day, I thought I get it, Saul. I hear Jesus say, the way to eternal life with Him is by eating His flesh and drinking his blood. If someone has never read these words, they must be disconcerting. If no one has
MONDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF EASTER "What can we do to accomplish the works of God?"
Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent." (Jn 6: 28-29) Those words recounted by John from our Lord seem so simple, believe in me. Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. (Jn 6:27) Again, His message to us is so simple. Do not settle for what this world offers y
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER This morning, I was blessed to watch Sunday Mass live from Our Lady of Mercy in Baton Rouge. A little trip home to one of my favorite churches with a priest that has been dear to our family since I was a young girl. God is Good. All. The. Time.
When I was a teenager, Fr. Cleo was assigned as Pastor at Immaculate Conception in Denham Springs, La. Where we attended Mass, and my mother was the parish secretary.
When I moved back home to Baton Rouge in 2
FRIDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF EASTER Today's Gospel from John gives us an account of the feeding of the multitude. Five loaves and two fish feed 5,000 people. The story of the multiplication of loaves and fishes is so significant that it the only miracle that appears in all four Gospels. Let me say that again, the Lord taking bread and giving it to the people following Him is the only miracle that all four evangelists write about in the Gospels. All. Of. Them.