Browsing Fr. Reggie's Reflections

WHEN WE ARE HELPLESS

Posted by John Sage on 6/17/18

Today we celebrate Father’s Day, honoring our fathers, grandfathers, god-fathers and those who have acted as fathers in our lives. How fortunate are we if we had or have a father who is like the majestic cedar described in the 1st reading, providing comfort and protection for all those ... Read More »

JESUS, THE VICTORIOUS ONE

Posted by John Sage on 6/09/18

We often wonder why in moments when we are doing good deeds, there are people who do not appreciate what we do. Many of us in frustration, give up our laudable initiatives and succumb to the negative comments of others. Reacting this way thwarts the good that God inspires ... Read More »

THE PASSOVER AND THE EUCHARIST

Posted by John Sage on 6/02/18

Before Jesus meets his death, He asks his apostles to prepare the Passover meal. Annually the Jews celebrate the Passover to commemorate their liberation from slavery in Egypt. The men are required to go to Jerusalem. They follow an outline of the celebration. It is called Passover Seder, like ... Read More »

GIFTS OF THE SOUL

Posted by John Sage on 5/20/18

Bill was two years older than his brother Joe. They loved the woods and the lakes surrounding their small town in upper Michigan. That is the main reason for admiring Phil, a bachelor as they grew up. He was an expert hunter and fisherman. Uncle Phil often gave his ... Read More »

THE POWERFUL FAREWELL

Posted by John Sage on 5/12/18

A farewell is a powerful experience. Even a simple one of a person going to the airport can elicit a host of emotions. How much more a farewell whose effect will last forever? Today, we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord Jesus into Heaven. After 40 days since the ... Read More »

HELP SOMEONE LOVE

Posted by John Sage on 5/06/18

One of the many charming stories about lovable St. John XXIII tells of the time he was discussing some of the basic truths of our faith with some leaders in the Church. Among other things he asked: “What do you think is the purpose of life?” Several gave answers ... Read More »

THE VINE AND THE BRANCHES

Posted by John Sage on 4/29/18

This is a beautiful and evocative Gospel. The message is about Jesus as the VINE and we, as his BRANCHES. This is one of my favorite gospels: John 15: 1-8. As in previous times, I read this passage, I always marveled at words of ten repeated. May be this ... Read More »

PRAYING FOR VOCATIONS

Posted by John Sage on 4/21/18

This Good Shepherd Sunday is a worldwide prayer day for vocations to the priesthood and religious life (nuns and brothers). There is such a crying need for good priests and religious that the Pope has set aside this Fourth Sunday as a world day of prayer. All Catholics, especially ... Read More »

SEEING A GHOST

Posted by John Sage on 4/14/18

A janitor in an office claims one night that he saw a chair being lifted from the floor and placed on the top of the table. Puzzled by what he saw, he returned the chair in its original position – only to see it moved again. Still skeptical, he ... Read More »

THE ONLY WAY

Posted by John Sage on 4/07/18

Let us begin our reflection by asking a simple question. Why did Jesus tell Thomas to put his finger into the wounds in his hands, and to put his hand into his side? Would it not be sufficient for Thomas just to see Jesus? No, I don’t think it ... Read More »