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God hovers over us (6/18/2017) - One day Elijah was griping about the people at Mount Carmel.  He said to them, “You are like a bird hovering between two branches.” In other words, make up your mind: land on one branch or the other: choose God or Baal.”  The word that Elijah chose to describe the hovering bird was פָּסַח (sounds […]
Each one must give not reluctantly or under compulsion – God loves a cheerful giver (6/11/2017) - I used to rake leaves after school and I saved my earnings. The plan was to go to the mall after Mass and buy some stuff.  I went to Mass, and at the collection, I took my roll of money and I flipped through the fives and tens until I found a dollar bill, the […]
Let go – Let God (6/4/2017) - Someone once described the pitch of the great Yankee closer, Mariano Rivera: “Take a golf ball and tee it up.  Grab driver and swing away.  Just about three inches before impact, the ball rolls off the tee. That is a Rivera pitch.”  So you are in the batter’s box.  Rivera delivers his pitch and it […]
Those most like Him in suffering will most resemble Him in Glory. (5/28/2017) - You would think the thunderstorm would just keep moving up the road, but it lingered around all day: loud thunder, lightning, and lots of rain. Naturally, there was a flood in the basement. I was wearing my fishing waders, and frantically trying to bail out the flood. The seminarians were in the kitchen mopping up […]
Fr. Peter is on the pond with his brothers this week. This is one from his archive. (5/21/2017) - You will not need an extra coat or walking staff. Travel lightly!! That is what I say.  I didn’t arrive at this piece of ethereal   wisdom   theology by reading the Gospel (the way I should have).  No. had to learn it on my own, the hard way.  After moving from home (Boston) to the Seminary […]
His Home (5/15/2017) - During the wedding feast at Cana, we learn that it is the job of the groom to supply the wine, however, Jesus seems to be acting like the groom because He provides lots of wine. In the next chapter, John the Baptist says that he is happy to be the best man of the groom. […]
Our true home. (5/14/2017) - During the wedding feast at Cana, we learn that it is the job of the groom to supply the wine, however, Jesus seems to be acting like the groom because He provides lots of wine. In the next chapter, John the Baptist says that he is happy to be the best man of the groom. […]
The open Gate. (5/7/2017) - I can understand that Christ is a shepherd of the sheep. I can figure out why He is a vine because we are the branches. But – why a gate? In ancient times, sheep and lambs were kept inside the gate during the winter months. This made sense because there was nothing to eat outside […]
There is a Plan. (4/30/2017) - About a year ago, my father called and said, “Peter, the stripers are in the canal.” Let me tell you a little about stripers. Every spring they migrate, like birds, from the Carolinas to Nova Scotia. When they arrive at the Cape Code Canal, they stop to get a quick bite and then go on […]
Give it a try – beat Him in generosity! (4/23/2017) - If you are raising money for your school with a bake sale and Billy Gates comes and says, “How can I help your cause?” What are you going to ask him? You are not going to invite him to buy a cake. No, you are going to ask him to buy the school. That is […]
How great? (4/16/2017) - When they laid Jesus in the tomb everyone was sad. Why? Because they didn’t let Him finish the story. A few seasons ago Tom Brady tossed an interception near the end of the fourth quarter. He handed the ball to the team who was already winning. Forty thousand fans left the stadium. They didn’t want to […]
God does not destroy His enemies. He wins them over. (4/9/2017) - Jesus says on the cross “My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?” That is the first verse of Psalm 22. Let me tell you about Psalm 22. The Psalmist is presenting his personal experience of God.  First, he claims that he is in complete darkness. Next the psalmist says, “They can count all […]
18 Plastic Eggs (4/2/2017) - A guy fell in a hole and couldn’t climb out. He heard someone and shouted for help.  “Send me down a rope.”  The passer-by said, “I am a physician, I don’t have a rope. I will give you want I have.” He threw down a prescription.  The guy in the hole said, “How is this […]
I’ts not about us. (3/26/2017) - I led thirty-two teenagers from the parish, with a small gaggle of chaperones, to Denver to see the Pope John Paul II on the occasion of World Youth Day. Thousands of us were gathered in a field waiting when suddenly five helicopters appeared on the scene. First, the bishops processed out on the stage, then […]
Nothing is worthless. (3/19/2017) - My colleague and friend is a Shakespearean scholar. After he published a book on Shakespeare, he was interviewed by a newspaper. At the end of the interview, he was asked: “Why do you like Shakespeare so much?” He answered: “If could write just one poetic sentence like Shakespeare, I would consider my life a success. […]
He knows each of us by name. (3/12/2017) - Several years ago I went on a whale watch. There were twelve of us to brave the cold, fall wind and choppy seas.  We all huddled inside the cabin with hot chocolate, reading a Save the Whale brochure provided by the captain. After about an hour of full speed ahead to nowhere, the captain bellowed, […]
Our we fulfilling the right dream? (3/5/2017) - My mother and I were doing errands and we stopped at Dunkin Donuts. I order a plain donut. Why a plain donut instead of my usual chocolate doughnut? Because a guy in an apron and flour all over his arms just came out of the doughnut making room and brought out a tray of plain […]
You are His partner (2/26/2017) - Jesus said we should not worry about what we are to eat and what we are to wear or worry about our lives. This is my question: Who in the Bible is the poster boy for anxiety?  The man who fell among robbers who stripped him, beat and left half-dead in a gutter. If anyone […]
Christ gives demanding objectives to live by. (2/19/2017) - There was a Hindu who studying to be a Catholic.  He said to his instructor, “Let me get this straight; you are blessed if you are poor; you are blessed if you’re persecuted.  If someone strikes you on one side turn and give him the other.  Love your enemy. I must pick up my cross, […]
His yoke is easy. (2/12/2017) - Growing up, I was the second oldest of five boys. That means I had one brother who was the boss and three who were clueless. It was impossible to grow up with four brothers and not use the word “idiot.”  With that said, I grew up, minding my own business, then, all of a sudden, […]
Just a little makes a big difference. (2/5/2017) - Dad said, “Let’s go fishing.” I said, “It’s January, the middle of winter! Sounds like a good idea.” We went to the Salmon River. When we arrived, we were met with a severe snowstorm.  It was blowing sideways and I had so many layers of clothing on, I looked like the Michelin tire man. For […]
“Now,do the same” (1/29/2017) - Moses’ life was threatened at infancy by a king. Jesus’ life was threatened by a king. Moses left Egypt, Jesus left Egypt with His parents; Moses entered the desert for forty years, Jesus entered the desert for forty days. Moses went up the mountain to deliver the law; Jesus went up a mountain to deliver […]
Jesus wants us to have two skills in place. (1/22/2017) - Jesus is walking along the shore and he sees fishermen. He calls to them. Then He sees two others mending their nets. Why does Matthew not just write that they are fishermen? Why net menders? Because Jesus needs two sets of skills: one to catch the fish and another not to lose them after they […]
Treasure with your heart (1/15/2017) - Every letter (except one, Galatians) Paul begins with a thank-you to God. This is true with the letter we just read to the Corinthians. Paul is so happy, ecstatic, in fact, at the gifts that God will bestow on his Corinthian Church. But just after the thank you to God, the fireworks begin. Paul seems […]
Following the Light (1/8/2017) - My friend Jack asked me to fish with him one early evening. I always like to fish with my friend because he knows all the secret places. When I arrived it was dark. He first wanted to go to the yacht club where he is an associate member. Associate membership in a yacht club means […]
Nothing is impossible. (1/1/2017) - The angel Gabriel gave word to Mary that she was going to be the mother of God. Mary tells him that she is the handmaid. Then, the last line: “the angel departed.” Does that strike you as odd? I would think that the angel needs to explain about some of the events that are about […]