Browsing the January 2017 archive of Padre's Blog


Posted by Fr John Nolan on 1/31/17

Recently I heard a short story about a carpenter who was hired to assist in the restoration of an old farmhouse.  The carpenter had just finished a pretty rough first day on the job—a flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now ... Read More »

Prayer For Christian Unity

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 1/18/17

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has a history of over 100 years . . . , in which Christians around the world have taken part in an octave of prayer for visible Christian unity.  By annually observing the WPCU, Christians move toward the fulfillment of Jesus' prayer ... Read More »

Nothing is Something

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 1/10/17

Not long ago, in a place not far away, an old story goes, a field mouse asked a wise old owl,“What is the weight of a snowflake?”  “Why nothing more than nothing,” answered the owl.  The mouse went on to tell the owl about the time he was resting ... Read More »

Epiphany--A Little Christmas

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 1/07/17

Many of our cultures celebrate the build-up to Christmas as a day, but we as a community of faith live this feast for more than two full weeks (it will end on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord--January 9th).  And there is much to celebrate here, much mystery to ... Read More »

Find Your Fig Tree

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 1/06/17

Every one shall sit under his or her own vine and fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for Hashem (“the Name”--God) has spoken. Micah 4.4

To plant, notice or nurture any tree is an act of devotion and a gesture of hope. Sitting still beneath one ... Read More »

Christmas with Pope Benedict

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 1/06/17

These quotes and reflections from the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, are excerpted from "Christmas: Pope Benedict XVI Spiritual Thoughts Series." "Presence"

Advent, this powerful liturgical season that we are beginning, invites us to pause in silence to understand a presence. It is an invitation to understand that the ... Read More »

World Day of Peace 2017

Posted by Kathy Szamocki on 1/02/17

Perhaps the best known Catholic contribution to responding to violent conflict is the just war tradition , which was developed in order to reduce recourse to war and to limit its humanitarian consequences.

But there is a second tradition as well.  Lesser known is our Catholic commitment to active ... Read More »

Another New Year

Posted by Kathy Szamocki on 1/01/17

Every 12 months, as the New-Year rolls around, we all brag about our New-Year's resolutions. With inflated chests and with all the authority we can muster, we announce to any and every available ear, that we're going to lose weight, stop drinking or smoking so much, as well as ... Read More »