Faith and Love

Faith And Love Faith versus Love. Which will change you? I think it is love that leads to change for the better. I meet lots of people who say that have faith that Jesus is God, or no faith, or strong faith or weak faith. What they all have in common, if it is just about faith, is the way they live their lives in relation to this Jesus and one another. They all think Jesus is nice and his teachings commendable. I have seen some atheists and agnostics be better followers of Jesus' teachings than believers. What brings about change for the better, from mediocrity to selflessness, is love. So for me, the Christian, the question is: "Do I love Jesus?" It is not do I believe. Yes, I be

St. Joseph

St. Joseph In my church today is the feast day of St. Joseph. He is the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus. I like St. Joseph. He is needed by Jesus and Mary, but Joseph does not call attention to himself nor make a big deal about himself. Also, he is at times clueless as to what is going on. But he sleeps well anyway because he has dreams and remembers them. So he get good REM sleep. His life has problems, questions, difficulties, but he does not take them to bed with him. All this I like. I want to be needed and on days when few read my blog I wonder. But I try not to be self-important. Joseph is the model. He did not need to be the center of attention. Play you role in life

"Populorum Progressio" 50 years young

Populorum Progressio + 50 In two weeks, Laetare Sunday (March 26) will mark the 50th anniversary of Blessed Pope Paul VI's landmark encyclical Populorum Progressio ("On the Development of Peoples"). A lot has happened in 50 years. A lot has changed in the world in 50 years. Yet, for all that has happened and all that has changed, Paul VI's challenge to the contemporary world remains as relevant as ever - and maybe more so. Thus in his 2013 Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, the present Pope categorically warned a world, which seems no more ready to listen now than it was in 1967, that we also have to say "thou shalt not" to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kill

Fr.Joe and George Fitzgerald

I’ve been on the staff of Old St. Mary’s only since August, but I’d heard about this church for many years. Old St. Mary’s was the second parish staffed by the Paulists, the first being St. Paul the Apostle in New York City. The Paulists were founded in 1858 and came to Old St. Mary’s in 1894. We’ve been here almost our entire existence. I first heard about Old St. Mary’s from my novice master, Fr. George Johnson. The first year for students seeking to become Paulist priests is called “the novitiate.” It is a year without academic studies spent learning about Paulist spirituality and mission while actually living the community life of a Paulist. In 1966, when I entered, our novitiate was lo