Faith

Seeing with new eyes: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel Mark 9:2-10 by Father Steven LaBaire

Seeing with new eyes: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel Mark 9:2-10 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: In the ancient world, the journey up a mountain often symbolized “enlightenment” or “seeing” things in a “new” or different way from previously. In this Sunday’s gospel, Jesus takes […]

Is it really all in the details? Wisdom from the story of St. Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes

Is it really all in the details? Wisdom from the story of St. Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes

Do those pesky little details really matter? Ask an engineer. A manufacturer. And a surgeon. One detail can make all the difference.  A slip of the knife, a screw in the wrong place can spell danger and disaster. However, surgery performed well and products  built precisely to specs can and do enhance and save lives. […]

Overcoming temptation with the help of community: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel Mark 1:12-15 by Father Steven LaBaire

Overcoming temptation with the help of community: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel Mark 1:12-15 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 Sunday’s gospel (Mark 1:12-15) states that Jesus went into the desert for 40 days and was tempted by Satan. After being tempted Jesus boldly embraced his mission. Temptation is […]

In celebration of Lent: Praying Twice – Singing the scriptures with the St. Louis Jesuits

In celebration of Lent: Praying Twice – Singing the scriptures with the St. Louis Jesuits

A celebration of Lent? Isn’t that a contradiction? Those of us who grew up in the pre-Vatican II church and for sometime after saw Lent as dour and depressing, maybe even … creepy. I know as a child I was always put off by the purple shrouds covering the statues in the church. In my […]

A new look at leprosy … and numbness … Reflections on the Sunday Gospel from Mark 1:40-45 by Father Steven LaBaire

A new look at leprosy … and numbness … Reflections on the Sunday Gospel from Mark 1:40-45 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: “A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, ‘If you wish, you can make me clean.” (Mark 1:40)  That’s in this Sunday’s gospel. Leprosy is […]

A call to prayer from the monastery’s bell– prayerful disciplines for Lent

A call to prayer from the monastery’s bell– prayerful disciplines for Lent

My monthly column with The Catholic Free Press and Catholicmom.com * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * What comes to mind when you hear the word “discipline?” Punishment? Do you think of […]

Silence is golden … Reflections on the Sunday gospel, Mark 1:29-39

Silence is golden … Reflections on the Sunday gospel, Mark 1:29-39

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 coming Sunday’s gospel describes Jesus as very busy, doing a lot of good. He’s bringing healing and relief to lives that are burdened. In the middle of this […]

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