Doer’s of the Word

“Is anyone among you sick?”

Doers of the Word                 Sunday, July 11, 2021         “Is anyone among you sick?” The last verse in today’s Gospel from St. Mark is part of the biblical basis for the Sacrament of the Sick.  This sacred anointing of the sick was instituted by Christ.  It is recommended to the faithful and St. James, the Apostle, in his … Continue reading “Is anyone among you sick?”

Fifty words for “darling”

Doers of the Word                 Fifty words for “darling” Ian Maclaren tells the true story of a young woman in his book, Beside the Bonnie Briar Brush.  She’s raised in a Christian home, but she wants, as they say, to find her freedom: freedom from all those rules, freedom from religion, freedom from the old Puritanism, freedom … Continue reading Fifty words for “darling”

“One of you is the Messiah”

Doers of the Word                                                            Third Sunday of Advent   Could he be Brother Gregory or Brother Richard? John’s question, “Are you the one who is to come or shall we look for another?” (Mt. 11:3) reminds me of a monastic story that is still being told today.  It’s about a monastery that had fallen on hard times.  … Continue reading “One of you is the Messiah”

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Doers of the Word            The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Patronal Feast Day of the United States of America                             Is it all mud? In 1858 Bernadette Soubirous saw eighteen apparitions of a “small young lady.”  The lady said, “I am the Immaculate Conception.”  When she gave instructions to Bernadette, the center of attention shifts from … Continue reading The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary