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Carlo Acutis – A Model of Faith for Our Youth

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today the Church continues to lift up before our eyes men and women who lived lives of outstanding holiness and model for us what being a disciple of Christ is all about.  On October 10, 2020, Carlo Acutis was beatified and given the title “Blessed” by the Church.  The ... Read More »

It Is Not Enough to Say We Are Christians

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Our readings this Sunday give us a glimpse into the Kingdom of Heaven and offer us hope of salvation. Images of feasts, fatted calves, rich food, and choice wines, the Prophet Isaiah tells of a time when the Lord God will wipe away our tears, and destroy death forever. ... Read More »

Pray the Rosary – Wonderful Things Will Happen

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

This Wednesday, October 7, is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Pope St. Pius V established it as a feast in 1573 to thank God for the victory of the Christians in the Battle of Lepanto, a victory attributed to the intercession of the Blessed Mother through ... Read More »

How Good Is Your Word?

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

One of the best things we can give to another person is our word. But it is easy to give our word as it doesn’t cost us anything then and there. The cost comes later, if and when we honor our word.

When the father in today’s parable asked ... Read More »

We Are All Equal in the Eyes of God

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The parable in today’s Gospel account is one of the more challenging one’s that Jesus tells. Most people hear it and say that what is taking place is unfair. Why should those who only worked one hour in the vineyard get the same amount of pay as those who ... Read More »

The Challenging Demand of Forgiveness

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today’s Gospel deals with another one of the most challenging demands of discipleship, that being forgiveness. None of us gets through life without being hurt by others. How do we deal with these hurts? They can provide us with an opportunity to grow, or they can become a stumbling ... Read More »

The Gospel Approach to Reconciliation

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today’s Gospel account speaks of a very practical issue: how to act when someone treats us badly. This has been a problem since the formation of the early Church. The Gospel gives us a way of handling such situations. First of all, let’s take a look at the way ... Read More »

We Will Suffer, But Gain Christ in Doing So

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

We heard one of the more uncomfortable demands of discipleship in today’s Gospel account. Jesus said, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny oneself, take up one’s cross, and follow me.” Unfortunately the word “cross” has been softened, so that the saying of Jesus has lost its force. ... Read More »

Peter's Story Is Our Story, Too

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today’s Gospel account shows that the Apostle Peter held a place of primacy early on. Peter is one of the most interesting characters in the Gospel. He shows that he possesses leadership qualities but also glaring weaknesses. At times, Peter is filled with courage; other times he shows a ... Read More »

Heaven Is God’s Gift to Us Sinners

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The Canaanite woman in today’s Gospel was an outsider. Yet she had tremendous courage and faith in approaching Jesus. She is a reminder to all of us of the mercy and compassion of God, and how God looks into the heart of the person and does not judge by appearance.

Once upon a time a group of people gathered outside the gates of heaven. They were upright, respectable, God-fearing people. Down on earth they had moved in the same business and social circles. As they stood around waiting for St. Peter to open the gates, they exchanged friendly greetings: “Thank God you made it, John.” “So good to see you, Mary!” and so ... Read More »