A Reflection on Memorial Day 2016

We do remember those who died in battle to maintain the integrity of the U.S. – 620,527 in the last 100 years: 116,516 in WWI / 405,399 in WWII / 33,686 in the Korean Conflict / 58,209 in Vietnam / 4,488 in Iraq / 2,229 in Afghanistan We do remember all who serve in the military today. Let us […]

Preparing for the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ 2016

As a way of preparing to celebrate the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ 2016, I post this interview from 2008 for Catholic Comments Podcast with Creighton University Theology faculty, Dr. Wendy Wright & Dr. John O’Keefe.  You’ll hear some history and theology. I did not name the encyclical of John Paul II […]

Happy 75th Birthday, Bob Dylan!

I’m supposed to dine with you sometime, Bob.  That’s what our rabbi told me anyway – me and Rev. Dr. Lucy Forster-Smith, former head chaplain at Macalester College, now chaplain at Harvard University. Just before Rabbi Bernie Raskas (God rest his soul) was going to Jerusalem for the summer in 1999, Lucy and I had […]

Roc Homily for Feast of the Most Holy Trinity 2016

Rather than speaking about the Trinity (still a mystery!) I reflected on our immersion in the life of the Trinity in the liturgy. See whether it helps. Blessings! –roc,sj  

Roc Homily 2 for Feast of Pentecost 2016

From earlier in the day (11:30 am Mass), this homily has more word study and background from Luke’s gospel leading into the descent of the Spirit. Happy Feast! –roc,sj

Roc Homily for Feast of Pentecost 2016

Homily for Pentecost (6 pm Mass) I find three things in the reading from Acts of the Apostles that speak to this feast this year: regeneration, purification, & mission. What seems like the next better step in our spiritual lives toward living a more mature discipleship?  How do we in fact pray, “Come, Lord Jesus, send […]

Roc Homily for Feast of the Ascension & Mothers Day

Jesus told the disciples he will send them to preach “repentance, for the forgiveness of sins…” These disciples are like mothers today and all women who nurture others – sent to proclaim something they haven’t accomplished yet. It has seemed to me for a long time that many women, not all, I’m sure, are burdened […]

Roc Homily for 6th Sunday of Easter 2016

Baptism & the Holy Spirit – it’s about receiving! Catholic theology of the sacraments says that sacraments always give grace (ex opere operato). What might it look like when we receive fully the gift given? (ex opere operantis) Perhaps what living out our baptismal call and receiving the Holy Spirit looks like has to do with this […]

Announcing: Scripture with Scholars…

sponsored by the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist & the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for the Year of Mercy   “A Disciple’s Journey into Mercy” – Reflections on the Road to Emmaus story through music, teaching, & prayer with Fr. Roc O’Connor, SJ,  Associate Pastor, Church of the Gesu At the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee, Tuesday, 10 May, 2016, 7:00 pm


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