Browsing Fr. Reggie's Reflections

THE MIRACLE OF CHARITY

Posted by John Sage on 12/12/16

The class in Sociology in a Mid-Western University was studying what various groups and organizations were doing for the poor and needy of the world. The professor asked one of the students to prepare a paper on the topic: “CHARITY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.” Although the student was not a ... Read More »

NOW IS THE TIME!

Posted by John Sage on 12/03/16

In this Sunday Gospel St. John the Baptist appears with his exhortation: “Reform your lives. The reign of God is at hand...Prepare the way of the Lord...Even now the ax is laid to the root of the tree.” In other words, St. John the Baptist is saying: “Why wait ... Read More »

WAKE UP!

Posted by John Sage on 11/25/16

Today we begin the new liturgical year CYCLE A with the season of Advent. Advent comes from the Latin word “adventus” which literally means “coming.” For many of us Advent refers to the coming of the joyous season of Christmas. But Advent refers also to the Lord’s coming at ... Read More »

JESUS, THE MEERCIFUL KING

Posted by John Sage on 11/19/16

As we end the “YEAR OF MERCY” and the Liturgical Calendar Cycle “C” the Gospel writers all emphasize the virtue of ‘MERCY’. Matthew, for example, writes that when Jesus saw a large crowd of hungry people, He immediately created bread and fish for them to eat (Mt. 14: 13-21)

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HOW NOT TO MISS THE END

Posted by John Sage on 11/12/16

Last week we started our All Souls’ Masses for the whole of November. What better way to remember our beloved dead is put their NAMES in the ‘TREE OF LIFE’. Be mindful also that we are almost at the end of the Liturgical Year C and of the civic ... Read More »

YEARNING FOR LIFE IN HEAVEN

Posted by John Sage on 11/04/16

Our readings today support our Christian practice of remembering the saints and our departed (November 1 & 2). And in a special way, it gives us a chance to review what we really believe to be the meaning of Heaven, which is our goal to reach one day.

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A GLIMPSE OF JESUS

Posted by John Sage on 10/29/16

When the late General Dwight D. Eisenhower was returning from Europe after V.E. Day, his plane landed in the Azores for breakfast. The general walked around the island, shaking hands and signing autographs. He was ready to take off when a young soldier came on the run, calling out: ... Read More »

PRAYER OF THE HUMBLE

Posted by John Sage on 10/23/16

There is a story of a pious old priest who was asked to explain the unique nature of his Religious Order. “Well...” he replied, “When it comes to learning, we are certainly way behind the Jesuits. And when it comes to good works, we are no match to the ... Read More »

PERSISTENT PRAYER

Posted by John Sage on 10/16/16

St. Bernard was riding on his horse one day, lost in prayer. He met a beggar on the road and engaged in conversation with him. The beggar asked Bernard what he doing on the horse as he went along, and Bernard said he was praying. “But I often had ... Read More »

TYL. [THANK YOU, LORD] FOR EVERYTHING!

Posted by John Sage on 10/09/16

This Sunday Gospel strikes a chord in our hearts today as it speaks to us of a very human sentiment – GRATITUDE. Of the few words in any human language that can truly cheer up people, “THANK YOU” has the unique power to light up the face and cheer ... Read More »