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"Let Us Make This Week Holy"

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 4/10/17

Let us resolve to make this week holy by claiming Christ’s redemptive grace and by living holy lives. The Word became flesh and redeemed us by his holy life and holy death. This week especially, let us accept redemption by living grateful, faithful, prayerful, generous, just and holy lives. ... Read More »

Google AND Gospel

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 3/23/17

"In an address after his Angelus blessing Sunday at St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis posed a question:  What if we check the Bible like we checked our cellphones?

What would happen if we turned back when we forget it, if we opened it more times a day, if we ... Read More »

The Obstacles In Our Path

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 3/01/17

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway.  Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.  Some of the King's' wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by  and simply walked around it..  Many loudly blamed the King for not ... Read More »

Lent 2017

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 2/23/17

From the very earliest times, Christians took time out before Easter to reflect on their faith, cultivate it, and prepare for a most joyous celebration of Easter. The Church sets aside 40 days prior to Easter for us to get ready. These days, many observe Lent – but, too ... Read More »

Here and There

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 2/20/17

Last Saturday morning, after laundry, mopping, scouring and a short walk, I sat at my computer and began to sort through some old files with somewhat strange titles (remember when you could only use eight letters in a filename).  Often times, when surfing the web, I’ll cut and paste ... Read More »


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 »