Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament

Province of Saint Ann

St Ann Crown red

Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament

Province of Saint Ann

St Ann Crown red

June 20, 2024

In today’s Gospel reading, Matthew shares the prayer Jesus taught his disciples. It is the summary of how we are to live. We are to acknowledge God’s greatness, petition for nourishment, seek forgiveness, and appeal for protection against evil. We are also reminded to be discrete in our prayer life by not drawing attention to […]

June 19, 2024

I had a difficult time with today’s readings. Then, as often happens, two streams flowed into a river of inspiration. The Responsorial Psalm calls us to hope: “Let your hearts take comfort, all you who hope in the Lord.” That same day, Pope Francis published his design for the Jubilee Year 2025. The theme of […]

June 18, 2024

One of my favorite psalms and songs is Psalm 139. LORD, you have probed me; you know me; you know when I sit and stand; you understand my thoughts from afar. But this may have been the psalm that Jesus told the crowd they had misunderstood or been led astray by their rabbis. A few […]

June 17, 2024

The Sermon on the Mount may be the most incredible homily ever given. The purpose of this proclamation by Jesus was to set out a set of principles as a guide to help us live in a manner pleasing to God. It is a list, a catalog, of what to do to merit eternal salvation. […]

June 16, 2024

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time The keywords for today are patience, perseverance, and hope. The passage from Ezekiel is an allegory about a messianic age to come. His prophecy declares an end to the violence and destruction that Israel has been suffering. In this allegory of the cedar tree, he portrays God as a gardener […]

June 15, 2024

Elijah did everything the Lord asked of him. He defeated the prophets of Baal, escaped from Jezebel, and hid in the cave on Mt. Horeb. He anointed those he was instructed to and took Elisha to follow him as his successor. Elijah always answered yes to what was asked of him, although at times not […]

June 14, 2024

Some time ago, a young man I have been mentoring over the years shared some struggles with his prayer life. He said, “Sometimes I feel God is really speaking harshly with me.” We talked more about this, and I sensed that he was really fearing that God was being very “judgmental” of him – harshly […]

June 13, 2024

On the Potter’s Wheel A musical memory. In 1972, a song busted out the words about teaching the world to sing in perfect harmony and to stand together hand in hand. What a lovely sentiment. How? Past and present-day sages have ways of balancing our lives in an unstable world. Taking a cue from nature […]

June 12, 2024

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish, but to fulfill.” We are human, just as the disciples were, and although we may be mature adults, there is always an opportunity to develop and deepen our understanding of Jesus’ teachings. Jesus makes it […]

June 11, 2024

Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle When God calls, God equips. Jesus sent his apostle Barnabas and his disciples to proclaim the Kingdom of God and gave them the power to do what he called them to do. At the same time, he told them to give without pay, reflecting the principle of selfless service. Saint […]