More Valuable than Gold

There are two types of people, those who see the glass as half empty and those who see the glass as half full. St. Paul was one who saw the glass half full. In this morning’s reading from his letter to the Philippians, St. Paul extorts his reader to “Rejoice in the Lord always.” Powerful…

All Things Come From You O Lord

Growing up, as much as I enjoyed Christmas Day and receiving the myriad of gifts I received from my grandparents, aunts and uncles, I dreaded the days immediately following Christmas. Those were the days my mother set aside for my brothers and me to write the dreaded thank you notes. At the age of six,…

All Things Come of You

Several years ago, I took a group of middle school youth from Boston on a mission trip to Puerto Rico. Mind you this was not a trip to San Juan or one of the more popular beach areas of the island. Instead, we stayed in the mountain villages just above the City of Ponce.  The…

An Attitude of Gratitude.

We are familiar with St. Paul’s story. He was a young man who had it all. He grew up with all the advantages a young person of his time could have. His family was well to do, members of the Jewish aristocracy, and he, by rights, enjoyed all the privileges of being a Roman Citizen….

Mercy, It’s Not Just For Paul

As I begin the homily this morning, I invite everyone to take a moment to make a mental list of what you are grateful for. In this morning’s reading from Paul’s First Letter to Timothy, St. Paul tells his young protégé that he is grateful. Grateful for what? Grateful for God’s mercy. I am not…