Trinity Sunday – 2009

Fr. Charles Irvin Deuteronomy 4:32-34,39-40; Romans 8:14-17; Matthew 28:16-20   It shouldn’t be a surprise if we don’t understand the nature of God. St. Augustine, one of Christianity’s greatest theologians wrote: “What wonder is it you do not understand God? If you do understand, then it is not God.”   The Continue Reading →

PENTECOST 2009

Fr. Charles Irvin Acts 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13; John 20:19-23   In Celtic Britain and Ireland spiritual people spoke of Thin places, places and times where the veil between this world and the world of reality beyond us is thin. When we find ourselves in such thin places we sense Continue Reading →

Good Friday 2001

Fr. Charles Irvin GOOD FRIDAY – 2001 Two Cardinals of the Church in recent memory have died of cancer, Bernardin of Chicago and O’Connor of New York. Both of them had to personally face the cross of suffering. The Cross – it is the central reality of Christ’s redemptive love Continue Reading →

Epiphany 2009

Fr. Charles Irvin Epiphany 2009 Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3: 2-3,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12   When you give a special gift to someone you manifest your love to them and for them, you make yourself present to them. This is why we call a gift a present – your presence is given Continue Reading →

Holy Family – 2008

Fr. Charles Irvin Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14; Colossians 3:12-21; Luke 2:22-40   It is obvious that families today are under stress for quite a number of reasons. To note just a few, there is the threat of loss of income due to the worldwide economic collapse that weighs down upon us Continue Reading →

Immaculate Conception – 2008

Fr. Charles Irvin The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – 8DEC08 Genesis 3: 9-15,20; Ephesians 1: 3-6,11-12; Luke 1:26-38 Because of the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve, Mary the mother of Jesus needed to be redeemed just as all the descendents of Adam and Eve need redemption. Continue Reading →

Christ the King – 2008

Fr. Charles Irvin Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28; Matthew 25:31-46 It is no secret that there is a great distrust of authority these days, a distrust of our basic institutions and their leaders that, in many cases, arises from understandable reasons. In reaction, individualism has been advocated to Continue Reading →

St. John Lateran – 2008

Fr. Charles Irvin Ezekiel 47:1-2,8-9,12; 1 Corinthians 3: 9-11,16-17; John 2:13-22 Have you ever wanted to go back and see the home in which you lived as a child? Go back to the school in which you entered kindergarten or the first grade? Or maybe, with friends, go back to Continue Reading →