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January 17 Reflection

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson Magnetism. On one level, it’s that physical phenome- non in which a bar of iron or steel can attract other iron. It can grab on to almost any metallic object from a coin to a car and everything in between. It’s the “glue” that holds the photo- graphic memories […]

Baptism of the Lord

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson Many a joke has been told about the trial and tribulation that is part of most people’s dealings with their state’s DMV. I refer to the much maligned Department ofMotor Vehicles. Its various ways and means conjure upimages of purgatory, especially with the demands it makeson our patience. This […]

Feast of the Epiphany

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson From boyhood I have always loved the Epiphany story, perhaps because the magi manage to bring a touch of the exotic and color to the nearly monochrome stable scene of the first Christmas.  More than that, their very arrival after a presumably long dangerous journey has always underscored the attractive power and […]

The Feast of the Holy Family

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson To be cute about it, I quote here an American humorist by the name of Evan Esar (d. 1995): “Family: A social unit where the father is concerned with parking space, the children with outer space, and the mother with closet space.” Whether Mr. Esar was fully correct or […]

Gaudete Sunday: Third Sunday of Advent

Rejoice! On this Third Sunday of Advent, the Universal Church takes time to rejoice. And we have plenty of reason to rejoice- “the Lord is near.” In twelve days, we will celebrate Our Savior’s first coming at Christmas, and so during this Advent season of preparation, penance, and anticipation/expectation, we take time to rejoice. At […]

Reflections December 7

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson This weekend we have our annual encounter with that strange man with an even stranger message. The Church wants us to hear from him each Advent season, so he becomes in fact “the man of Advent”: John the Baptist. His is a call to lift our minds and hearts […]

Advent Hope

One day, while filing away papers, the secretary of President John F. Kennedy found this note, written in the president’s own hand. It read: “I know there is a God—and I see a storm coming. If He has a place for me, I believe that I am ready.” Our Lord’s warning this weekend to be […]

The Feast of Christ the King

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King Kings are more than cards in a deck or pieces on a chessboard. We know them as the linchpins for many an historical account and their lives intersect with those of many revered saints. As time passed, they gradually changed from […]

Sunday Reflections

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson Ronald Wayne would draw personal meaning from today’s parable. Who is he? Ronald Wayne is the little known third Apple founder who sold his 10% stake for $800. Apple shares hit an historic $1 trillion market cap value last August. Owning 10% of Apple right now sounds like a […]

Sunday Reflections

Vigilance is a profit center. Oh, not in the financial sense of course, but in the beneficial list of behaviors. Note how vigilance has been the common message of various authorities during this pandemic. If a person lets down his/her guard, or lacks vigilance, the virus quickly steps in to increase its victim tally. One […]