Browsing Fr. Reggie's Reflections

THE PHARISEE IN US

Posted by John Sage on 9/02/18

A newly-installed bishop who holds a doctor’s degree in Canon Law gave his first talk to the clergy. He solemnly declared: “Henceforth this diocese will be ruled by Canon Law. An old priest who was hard of hearing leaned to a young priest sitting beside him and asked, “What ... Read More »

DO WHAT YOU CAN

Posted by John Sage on 8/27/18

John was a young man who had drifted away from the Church. He no longer attended Mass or received the sacraments. When he enlisted in World War II his mother’s worries increased. What if he should be killed? What about his soul? As he prepared to leave she spoke ... Read More »

GOD ’ S BREAD LINE

Posted by John Sage on 8/11/18

In the depression years of the 1930’s millions of Americans were out of work and many thousands were hungry. In a number of cities religious groups set up bread-lines to feed the hungry. One of these was the Franciscan Monastery, 1615 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio. Every day a generous, ... Read More »

‘BREAD FROM HOME’

Posted by John Sage on 8/03/18

During the Spanish Civil War a severely wounded soldier was brought back to the field hospital. There was a good chance for his recovery, except that he would not eat. The nurses and the nuns tried everything but he refused all food. One of his buddies realized that his ... Read More »

THE EUCHARIST FOR THE WORLD

Posted by John Sage on 7/28/18

Starting this Sunday, we set aside the Gospel of St. Mark and take up the Gospel of St. John for the next five weeks. We see Jesus preaching God’s message to people and sensitively taking notice of the HUNGER of his audience. He realizes that preaching the Kingdom involves ... Read More »

A TIME TO WORK, A TIME TO PRAY

Posted by John Sage on 7/20/18

Everybody will agree that our times call for hard work, assiduous labor, and double effort. It should be the case in this period of financial crisis. Businesses are imperiled and even the most powerful countries declare alarm in their economies. As active employees, we know the value of hard ... Read More »

OUR MISSION STARTS HERE, RIGHT NOW

Posted by John Sage on 7/14/18

Filipino Catholic Christians love and admire missionaries. We are proud of the foreign missionaries who came to our shores and helped evangelize our people. We are even prouder of our own Filipino missionaries bravely working abroad. We can think of them crossing expansive rivers, hiking up mountains, living with ... Read More »

FEELING AT HOME

Posted by John Sage on 7/07/18

In this Sunday Gospel, Jesus returns to his home town Nazareth. People were familiar with his background. Returning now as a renowned preacher and healer, he became controversial. Instead of appreciating his talents and achievements, the neighbors disparaged him. They derided his former occupation, carpentry. They belittled his mother ... Read More »

TWO STORIES, ONE LOVE

Posted by John Sage on 6/30/18

This Sunday, the Gospel gives us two stories. Two women needed help; one was an adult, the other a young girl. Two maladies were brought at the feet of Jesus and He worked two miracles of love in a single day. Here we witnessed what is called sandwiching or ... Read More »

THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

Posted by John Sage on 6/23/18

With the exception of Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. John the Baptist is the only saint whose birthday we celebrate. The importance of John’s nativity gave signal to the coming of the Messiah, Our Lord Jesus Christ. John the Baptist was considered the last prophet before the ... Read More »