2nd Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday

By Fr. Jeff | 04/07/2024

Today I would like to take a look at how our readings on this Divine Mercy Sunday contrast to the way the world looks at life.  Our reading from the Acts of the Apostles speaks of how the early church…

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4th Sunday of Lent Year B

By Fr. Jeff | 03/10/2024

Last week we hear God giving the Ten Commandments to his people (Exodus 20:1-17).  God made it clear to his people how He expected them to live.  It’s not just what He wanted.  God knows that the Ten Commandments are good…

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New Video – Why Should I Go to Confession?

By Fr. Jeff | 02/23/2024

Last night I offered a new presentation, Why Should I Go to Confession?. The recording of the video and the slides are now available on my website at If you view the video in the next few days, you can complete…

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6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

By Fr. Jeff | 02/11/2024

Jesus had been healing many people.  In today’s gospel, “A leper came to Jesus.”  Given the number of people that were coming to Jesus one might think of the man with leprosy as one of many.  He knelt before Jesus and…

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What Does It Mean to be Saved?

By Fr. Jeff | 01/30/2024

Some Christians will ask, “when were you saved?”.  Generally, the people who ask this question have experienced a time in their lives when they felt a profound conversion in their lives and gave their lives over to Christ.  This is…

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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 07/23/2023

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AWisdom 12:13, 16-19Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16 (5a)Romans 8:26-27Matthew 13:24-43July 23, 2023 “Where have the weeds come from?” The man had sowed only good seed.  Why were weeds growing in the field? His enemy had…

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Divine Mercy

By Fr. Jeff | 04/16/2023

We are all in need of God’s Divine Mercy. Following the revelation of the Divine Mercy devotion by Jesus to Sr. Faustina, Pope John Paul II declared the Second Sunday of Easter to be Divine Mercy Sunday (cf. my article…

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Maybe You Heard (or Maybe Not)

By Fr. Jeff | 03/21/2023

You may have heard there are changes coming to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The changes will be mandatory as of Divine Mercy Sunday, which falls on April 16th this year (2023). (The changes were optional as of Ash Wednesday this…

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St. Francis De Sales on the Battle Against Temptation

By Fr. Jeff | 01/17/2023

This is the tenth and final article in my series based on my reading of the Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis De Sales. Written 400 years ago, it is available in various translations. I am reading the 2015 version…

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Purification in the Devout Life

By Fr. Jeff | 11/22/2022

Last week I began a series of articles inspired by my present reading of St. Francis De Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life. The first article was “What Does It Mean to be Devout?”. I ended that article with a…

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Our Loving God

By Fr. Jeff | 09/11/2022

Many people tend to see the portrayal of God in the Old Testament as of a God is punishing, bestowing his wrath upon all who break his commandments. Our first reading today from Exodus begins with a God who is…

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Living Simply as Instruments of God’s Mercy

By Fr. Jeff | 06/14/2022

This is my fifth article offering reflections based on my reading of Judith Valente’s book, How to Live: What the Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning, and Community (Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing. 2018). You can see the four…

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Divine Mercy Sunday, Year C – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 04/24/2022

Divine Mercy Sunday (2nd Second of Easter), Year CActs 5:12-16Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 (1) Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19John 20:19-31April 24, 2022 It is not always easy to follow God.  We see this with the prophets in the Old Testament.  For…

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What Mercy Offers

By Fr. Jeff | 04/12/2022

We need God’s mercy. Our world is in need of God’s mercy and we need it as individuals. We are human beings who are not perfect. At times we fall short of doing good and we need forgiveness. As look…

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Video – Finding Peace and Healing in a Troubled World Part III

By Fr. Jeff | 04/08/2022

I completed my series, Finding Peace and Healing in a Troubled World, with Part III last night. The slides and video are now available online at If you watch video in the next few days, you can complete an…

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Handing Our Sins to God

By Fr. Jeff | 04/03/2022

There are numerous stories in the Bible. I would consider today’s (Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year C) gospel of the woman caught in adultery as one that many people remember. You may remember it but how much do you reflect…

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4th Sunday of Lent, Year C – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 03/27/2022

4th Sunday of Lent, Year CJoshua 5:9a, 10-12Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (8a)2 Corinthians 5:17-21Luke 15:1-3, 11-32March 27, 2022 The Israelites had been through much.  Now under the leadership of Joshua, they have crossed the Jordan into the land in which…

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Video – Finding Peace and Healing in a Troubled World Part II

By Fr. Jeff | 03/25/2022

Last night I offered Part II in my series of webinars, Finding Peace and Healing in a Troubled World. In this webinar the focus is on our forgiveness. We need to forgive others and we need to be forgiven. I…

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Finding Forgiveness

By Fr. Jeff | 03/15/2022

Following Part I in my new series of presentations, Finding Peace and Healing in a Troubled World, I was asked about the following. As Catholics, we have the Sacrament of Reconciliation to receive God’s forgiveness, Since Protestants and other religions…

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Video – “Finding Peace and Healing in a Troubled World, Part I”

By Fr. Jeff | 03/11/2022

I started my new series of presentations, Finding Peace and Healing in a Troubled World, last night with Part I. You can find the video recording and slides on my website at If you watch the video, for the…

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God’s Gift of Mercy

By Fr. Jeff | 12/18/2021

I just finished reading Understanding Divine Mercy by Fr. Chris Alar, MIC (Stockbridge:MA. Marian Press. 2021). He writes as a member of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception from the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA. Fr.…

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Reflecting on the Act of Contrition

By Fr. Jeff | 04/22/2021

After we confessing our sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and receiving a penance, we say an Act of Contrition. This expresses our sorrow for our sins. We say the Act of Contrition as part of the ritual of the…

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2nd Sunday of Easter, Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 04/11/2021

2nd Sunday of Easter, Year BActs 4:32-35Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 (1)1 John 5:1-6John 20:19-31April 11, 2021 On this Second Sunday of Easter we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.  In today’s gospel Jesus gives the power to forgive sins to the disciples…

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Good Friday – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 04/02/2021

Good Friday:  Celebration of the Lord’s PassionIsaiah 52:13-53:12Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25 (Luke 23:46)Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9John 18:1-19:42April 2, 2021 I begin with two questions.  First, who is responsible for the death of Jesus?  Secondly, why was He put…

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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year A – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 03/28/2021

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the LordGospel at the Procession – Mark 11:1-10Isaiah 50:4-7Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24 (2a)Philippians 2:6-11Mark 14:1-15:47March 28, 2021 Our gospel for the blessing of the palms began, “When Jesus and his disciples drew near…

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