Faith

Surprise! Holy Energy in our midst: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 by Father Steven LaBaire

Surprise! Holy Energy in our midst: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 by Father Steven LaBaire

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA. In preparation for mass this Sunday: This weekend we join millions of Christians as we celebrate Pentecost, the 50th and final day of the Easter Season. Pentecost celebrates the presence of a divine energy called […]

Love begets love: how can something you love to do spread love to others?

Love begets love: how can something you love to do spread love to others?

This past Tuesday I did something I love doing. We are fortunate in Massachusetts to have several chapters of WINGS, an organization dedicated to gathering together women of faith in an effort to support and deepen that faith. I was pleased to be invited to speak this past Tuesday at Christ the King Parish in […]

Traveling a life of transitions: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel John 17:11B-19 by Father Steven LaBaire

Traveling a life of transitions: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel John 17:11B-19 by Father Steven LaBaire

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA. In preparation for mass this Sunday: Life is full of transitions. The longer we live, the greater the number of our years, the greater the number of transitions. Some transitions are rather universal like adolescence […]

Dealing with the problems in our country: One person, one step at a time

Dealing with the problems in our country: One person, one step at a time

This is my most recent column in The Catholic Free Press: Our son called the other day to share a lovely story about a former student. Until recently Stephen had been a pre-school teacher in Brooklyn, NY. Although he had neither experience nor background in education, he took the job because he was desperate, having […]

Laying down one’s life: the decision to adopt a special needs child—a conversation with Allison Gingras, host of “A Seeking Heart” on Real Life Radio

Laying down one’s life: the decision to adopt a special needs child—a conversation with Allison Gingras, host of “A Seeking Heart” on Real Life Radio

From my current post on Catholicmom.com: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:12-13 In this new commandment Jesus took, “Love your neighbor as yourself” several steps further. Now love involves sacrifice. […]

The divine flavor of love: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel John 15:9-17 by Father Steven LaBaire

The divine flavor of love: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel John 15:9-17 by Father Steven LaBaire

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA. In preparation for mass this Sunday: “This is my commandment: Love one another as I love you.”  (John 15:9-17) I once knew a marriage therapist who used to say to couples: “Love is less about […]

Pruning the Vine: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel John 15:1-8 by Father Steven LaBaire

Pruning the Vine: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel John 15:1-8 by Father Steven LaBaire

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA. In preparation for mass this Sunday: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower…[every branch that bears fruit] he prunes so that it bears more fruit.” (John 15:1-8) Last year, I […]

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