Fr. Don Driscoll, SJ – RIP 2007

   It’s ten years today since Don died suddenly of a heart attack.  He had served as chaplain to the College of Pharmacy at Creighton University for a number of years before.  So many of his colleagues and students and friends and family and Jesuits remember him today with a huge sense of loss.  Especially […]

1st SUN LENT – Basic Temptation

Jesus hungered in the wilderness.  He was tempted there and in that state – ‘make stone bread’.  Actually, the Greek says, “Say this stone is bread.”  He wasn’t tempted to exercise divine power or to perform magic.  He faced the fundamental temptation we all face: Make something be what it isn’t.   A stone isn’t […]

Roc Homily – Feast of the Epiphany (A) 2017

 The Feast of the Epiphany invites us to consider the Catholic notion of paradox – both/and.  We’re asked to reside in between opposites. For example: On the one hand, we have these magi coming from Persia, present day Iran and Syria seeking the newborn king.  On the other hand, we see King Herod, the chief […]

Roc Homily – Solemnity of Mary 2017 (fin)

   Finally! As we saw earlier, some shepherds were takers and not givers.  And the sign of hope for them (us!) was that they came to THE Shepherd. For us, can we recognize how we take without giving?  And come to the Shepherd? And Mary “engaged, debated, made war against” all she had seen and heard. […]

Roc Homily (intro) – Solemnity of Mary 2017

From my study of the Greek work, poimén, meaning ‘shepherd’, it seems that we have overly romanticized these characters, made them innocuous. Of course, some have described them as poor, outcasts, smelly, and rude. However, the connections Matthew drew upon tells a different story. Two stories, actually, since the shepherds came to visit THE Shepherd. What might […]

(Belated) New Year’s Reflection

January 1, 2017 + Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God “The LORD bless you and keep you! The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace!” (Numbers 6:24-26) This New Year’s blessing taken from the first reading for […]

Roc Homily – Christmas 2016

A belated Merry Christmas to family & friends! The picture sets the scene.  The audio says it all. The people who walked in darkness have seen a tiny bright light; Those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them the light has shined.  The people whose darkness keep them apart have found a welcoming light. […]

Prepared to celebrate…

Merry Christmas to you, family and friends! Preparations continue at the Church of the Gesu to walk into the night to find Jesus, born in the place where no one wants to go. I sure don’t!  It’s too painful. The stable on the outskirts of Bethlehem is the world.  Who wants to seek the tiny light […]

Smallness at Christmastide

Here’s a poem sent to me by John Staudenmaier, SJ today.  It says it all.  Merry Christmas! –roc,sj Gitanjali # 1 Thou hast made me endless,  such is thy pleasure.This frail vessel thou emptiest again and again,and fillest it ever with fresh life.This little flute of a reed thou hast carried over hills and dales,and […]

Texting with Joseph…

Wednesday, December 22nd Roc: Joe, when arrive?  Staying @ Hilton outside Bethlehem.  Arrive Thursday night. Joseph: Cool!   Joseph: Left too quickly, No reservations.  See what’s there. Roc: Will be waiting.  Can’t wait to meet Mary.  Due soon? Joseph: Didn’t think so, but riding this donkey may have moved things along.  She’s a trooper.  No complaints.  Most […]

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