Liturgical Time

Emptying our cups

Posted on March 21, 2020
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Benedict of Norcia. The recent changes to the manner of daily living, caused by the unprecedented spread of the COVID-19 virus, have brought much uncertainty and fear. It is...

The day before

Posted on February 22, 2020
This year, the day before Lent begins is Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time. The Responsorial Psalm for that day offers something to carry for the season: Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support...

Return to Ordinary Time

Posted on January 18, 2020
Ordinary Time
Probably prompted by funerals for three sisters during the last week of the Christmas season, I went to the Office for the Dead to see what it had to offer. As we begin Ordinary Time in this new liturgical year, I will...

A great light

Posted on December 25, 2019
God, today we have seen your glory, dawn follows the night. We, your people, who walked in darkness now have seen a great light. Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God – Rule of Benedict 43:3 Reference...

Calm is the night

Posted on December 21, 2019
Regarding the Fourth Sunday of Advent Calm is the night, O God, as we wait for you. All the stars are laughing at our wonder. "Wait not in vain, for the sun shall come; you will know within you my ever-...

Rejoice in patience

Posted on December 14, 2019
The following is a part of the Mass Readings for the Third Sunday of Advent. Be patient, sisters and brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth...

Who's waiting on who?

Posted on November 30, 2019
If Advent is a period of waiting, and God is already here, who are we waiting for? Is it God who is doing the waiting ... for us? Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God – Rule of Benedict 43:3

Farewell "C"

Posted on November 23, 2019
We are about to end not just another liturgical year, but also another three-year lectionary cycle of Sunday Mass readings. Built around the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) they are better known as year A,...


Posted on February 23, 2019
At Liturgy this past Sunday Father Jim informed us that the Gospel readings for that day, and for the next two Sundays, had not been heard in a while. These three Sundays are celebrated this year as the 6th, 7th, and...

The Light of the World

Posted on February 2, 2019
Today we celebrate one of two Christmas feasts outside the Christmas cycle: the Presentation of Jesus. Egeria the pilgrim tells us that this feast was already being celebrated about the year 400 in Jerusalem. In the...