Weekly Reflection 03/07/2021

REFLECTION The Third Sunday In Lent March 6-7, 2021   Six days a year for six Fridays in Lent we commemorate the suffering and death of Jesus through a unique liturgical service.  “Stations of the Cross” allows us to contemplate our Lord’s sacrifice for us as a community and individually.  […]

Weekly Reflection 02/28/2021

REFLECTION Second Sunday of Lent February 28, 2021 As we embark once more on our Lenten journey, we are reminded that the path to Easter joy is paved with prayer, almsgiving, and fasting.  I don’t know about you, but I have never been a big fan of fasting!  I don’t […]

Weekly Reflection 02/21/2021

Weekly Reflection February 21, 2021 First Sunday of Lent Lent, as I just taught a Faith Formation class of sixth graders, is a season focused on three things: almsgiving, fasting, and prayer. As I was preparing the lesson, I found myself being able to explain the first two with ease, since […]

Weekly Reflection 02/14/2021

February 14, 2021 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Living Lent   As we prepare for this Lenten season, I’d like to suggest reflecting on an incident from Matthew’s gospel.  The disciples are unable to drive a demon out of a child, and after Jesus Himself performs the cure, they ask […]

Weekly Reflection 02/07/2021

REFLECTION The Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time February 6-7, 2021   Today’s Gospel is a guideline for faith and life.  By listening to Christ’s words and watching His actions we receive a blueprint for being a true Christian. Lesson One; Faith moments occur when we least expect them.  After leaving […]

Weekly Reflection 01/31/2021

REFLECTION Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time January 30-31, 2021   The Eucharist, the real and living presence of God; the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ. That is a fundamental belief of the Catholic faith. St Thomas Aquinas says that, “…the sacrament of the Eucharist is the greatest of […]

Weekly Reflection 01/24/2021

REFLECTION FOR 1-24-2021   It was over 150 years ago that the first Mass was celebrated at the mission church that would become the parish of St. Francis de Sales in Abingdon.  It was a time in the history of our country when we were trying to recover and move […]

Weekly Reflection 01/17/2021

REFLECTION The Second Sunday In Ordinary Time January 16-17, 2021   There is a scene early in the television series, “The West Wing” when Josh goes to see his friend Sam, who is working as an attorney at a prestigious Manhattan law firm, to tell him about a dark horse […]

Weekly Reflection 01/10/2021

REFLECTION ON THE FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD AND THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM January 9-10, 2021   If Jesus is sinless, why did He seek out John the Baptist to be baptized by him, which was a Trinitarian event. (Mt 3:11-17)?  The baptism of Jesus marks the beginning […]

Weekly Reflection 01/03/2021

REFLECTION The Epiphany Of The Lord January 2-3, 2021   We often get caught up in all of the trappings of this feast day.  The Magi have evolved into wise men or Kings.  Their Crèche figures are always the most elaborate, as are the costumes for the persons portraying them […]