Advent:  Waiting in Hope

Advent: Waiting in Hope

  As the days get shorter and the nights get longer we find ourselves once again in Advent.  Advent brings a fresh start to the Church year and an invitation to enter into the silence and mystery of whatever is waiting to be born or reborn within us.  It begins...
A Deeply Engaging Month

A Deeply Engaging Month

  November is such an engaging month. Autumn is at its peak, crunching leaves underfoot and bright colors everywhere we look, letting us know that even dying has this profound beauty opening up before us. So, it isn’t surprising to see All Saints, All Souls, The...
St. Francis in the Autumn Season

St. Francis in the Autumn Season

Happy St. Francis Day to all of you!  It is a very special day here in Aston and across the world as we celebrate the saint whose heart was transformed and whose spirit lives on through all of his followers.  I always think it is no accident that we celebrate Francis...
September 2021:  Leaning Into Mary in Times of Sorrow

September 2021: Leaning Into Mary in Times of Sorrow

This month we again have two beautiful feasts of Mary. On September 8th we celebrate Mary’s birthday and on the 15th we recognize Mary under the title of Our Lady of Sorrows.  This is an age-old devotion to Mary which has somewhat fallen by the wayside in recent...
Franciscan Feasts in August

Franciscan Feasts in August

Even though the Feast of Francis doesn’t come until October, August is a month to celebrate our Franciscan Heritage.  We write today (August 2) on the Franciscan Feast of Portiuncula which recalls a small chapel in Assisi, a foundational home for the Franciscan family...
Celebrating Our Nation

Celebrating Our Nation

2021 has been an uncertain time for many things but clearly for our nation.   As we celebrate July 4th this year we celebrate the 244th birthday of our nation.  The opening words of the Declaration of Independence gives us a clear challenge as a nation:: “We hold...