The Statue of David by Michelangelo is an iconic masterpiece known throughout the world, but you may not know that the project was rejected by two prominent sculptor’s before Michelangelo…watch as Fr. Michael reveals the struggle to find “the man inside the marble…” PDF Download:
This time of Lent that connects back to the earliest days of the Church is a time for spiritual discipline and training. We pray, fast and give alms in order to prepare ourselves for the Easter feast. Read the Gospel (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18) and the complete transcript:
Is Lent a time to give up dessert or a time to enter the desert along with Jesus? Fr. Jim suggests the latter. Listen for his profound insight into the healing struggle of this Lenten time. Read the Gospel (Mark 1:12-15) and transcription:
When Jesus returns to his hometown of Nazareth, he is greeted with enthusiasm which quickly turns to jealousy and suspicion. Fr. Michael suggests that we not fall into the trap of assuming that those we know cannot change. Read the Gospel and Homily Transcript:
A man with leprosy breaks societal convention and approaches Jesus. He kneels down and reaches out to Jesus physically and through faith: “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Jesus responds, “I do will it. Be made clean.” But Father Jim is challenged: “Why don’t you really heal anyone?” a woman asks him. Listen…
The sower abundantly scatters the seed but we must ask ourselves: Have we hardened our hearts like the dirt path? Are we rocky soil that can start life but not sustain it or have we opened ourselves to God’s love and purpose?
Jesus had his priorities straight. In this Gospel he heals Peter’s mother-in-law and then the whole town comes out to be healed. But afterward, what does Jesus do? He goes away to a place of quiet and solitude and prays. We can learn great things from this lesson. Read the Gospel and complete transcript: