Month: March 2017

The Great Commandment

In Today’s Gospel, (Mark 12) Jesus summarizes the Ten Commandments and tells us to love God with all our strength, and to love our neighbor as ourself.  The Gospel values are timeless – and always applicable – including these days that we live in.  We have many neighbors who need our attention and love. On a personal level, that is quite simple.  We have only to make an act of the will and an act of charity to love our neighbor.  It is a simple choice.  On a communitarian level, it seems to have become […]

A Good Day For The Church

Before this day ends, I would like to share a few thoughts.   Since Monday evening, the priests of Alaska along with the bishops have gathered here in Anchorage for our annual convocation.  I am tremendously impressed with the selfless dedication of these men.  These priests serve an area twice the size of Texas, or 16% of the lower 48 states!  For example, for a priest in the Archdiocese of Anchorage who covers the parish in Dutch Harbor at the end of the Aleutian Island Chain, it is a three and a half hour plane […]

Three More Parish Visits Over Weekend

This weekend provided another gorgeous opportunity for a drive to parishes north of Anchorage.  The visitation began Saturday afternoon at Our Lady of the Lake in Big Lake, Alaska.  We have a Benedictine priest presently serving this community, Fr. Mark Stronach, OSB.  Both he and Fr. Joseph McGilloway provide pastoral care to the people in Big Lake, Willow, Trapper Creek and Talkeetna. We had an overflow crowd for the 6:00 evening Mass, with many of the parishioners taking part in the pot-luck meal that followed. Sunday morning, Fr. Joseph McGilloway picked me up and we […]

Lent: Expect & Desire Encounters With God

n this 2ND Sunday of Lent, we hear Scriptural accounts of powerful experiences of God.  Abram hears God directing him to leave his homeland behind to discover a new land which God will show him.  He hears of God’s promise of blessing, and Abram followed the direction of God. Peter, James and John also have a powerful experience of God (the Father) as they accompany Jesus during his transfiguration.  And of course, Jesus himself, who is always in communion with the Father, has a mystical encounter with Moses and Elijah and is transfigured before the […]

Pastoral Visit To Soldotna & Kenai

I arrived home late last night from a two day road trip back to the Kenai Peninsula.  I’ve had the good company for these parish visits of our Stewardship & Development Director, Mrs. Laurie Evans-Dineen.  Besides working with the local parish leaders to set up each of these visits and receptions, she is also becoming an accomplished photographer in the process!  I’m very grateful for her willingness to hit the road with me and visit the people that we serve.  Having an extra driver along is also a huge bonus. We left Kenai last night […]

Lent; A Call To Conversation With God

As I write today, I am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Soldotna.  The image to the left hangs in the sanctuary of this parish church.  As many of this readership already knows, I was ordained a priest on the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, June 27.  This June will mark my 25th anniversary. Over the years, I have looked to Our Blessed Mother to teach me about conversation with Our Lord.  In this particular image, the young Jesus ran and jumped into her arms (depicted by the dangling shoe on […]

The Desert As A Place Of Privileged Encounter With God

On this First Sunday of Lent, our readings today take us from the Garden of Eden to the Desert. As the season of Lent always does, we are reminded today of the reality of sin and its consequences.  In our first reading today, Genesis tells us that in the beginning man and woman enjoyed a loving relationship with each other, with God, and with all of creation.  To a certain extent, every human heart still longs for such a properly ordered life, and we believers seek such a life through faith, hope and love.  At […]

Ash Wednesday Mass on UAA Campus

Earlier today I posted a reflection for the beginning of this Lenten journey. Here I simply wish to share some photos from the Mass that I celebrated today on the University of Alaska – Anchorage campus with a good gathering of students and faculty. This gathering provided a nice opportunity to meet and visit with our collegians before and after Mass.  One of my hopes is that we will be able to grow our on campus ministry and collaboration with the Newman Club. Young people, know that God loves you unconditionally!  May this Lenten journey […]

Lent: The Church’s Annual Retreat

Now that another Lenten journey has begun I am ready for this annual moment of grace and renewal, and pray you are as well. St. Paul in the second reading at today’s Mass encourages us to “be reconciled to God.” That in a nutshell sums up the call of this penitential season. I know my own life has been filled with so many new demands, and it is nice to have a formal season of the Church call me back to the basics of the spiritual life, which are at the service of a life […]

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