Pastor’s Desk 06-16-2019

Three Russian monks lived in a faraway Island. Nobody ever went there. However, one day their bishop decided to make a pastoral visit to learn more about their religious life. But when he arrived he discovered that they did not know even the Lord’s Prayer. So he spent...

Pastor’s Desk 06-09-2019

If in 1968 someone had asked which country would dominate watch-making in the 1990s, most people would have said Switzerland. This is because Switzerland had dominated the world of watch- making for the previous sixty years. They led the search for new ways to...

Pastor’s Desk 06-01-2019

A beautiful old story tells of how Jesus, after his Ascension into Heaven, was surrounded by the Holy Angels who began to inquire about his work on earth. Jesus told them about His birth, life, preaching, death and Resurrection, and how he had accomplished the...

Pastor’s Desk 05-12-2019

Everyone, it seems, is interested in my numbers. I go to the grocery store to buy some groceries. After the checkout woman rings up my bill, I pull out my checkbook and write out the check. She takes it from me. She looks at the information. Numbers tell her where I...

Pastor’s Desk 05-05-2019

Fr. Mark Link S.J. once told an incident that happened during the great depression (AD 1929-1939). Jobs were scarce, and when an opening was announced, dozens of applicants applied. On this particular occasion, they crowded into a waiting room, eager to be interviewed...

Pastors Desk 12-18-16

The great writer Max Lucado tells about his neighbor who was trying to teach his six-year-old son how to shoot a basketball. They were out in the backyard. The father shot a couple of times, saying, “Do it just like that, son; it’s real easy.” The little boy tried...

Pastors Desk 12-11-16

A number of years ago, a young college student was working as an intern at his college’s Museum of Natural History. One day while working at the cash register in the gift shop, he saw an elderly couple come in with a little girl in a wheelchair. As he looked more...

Pastors Desk 12-4-16

When the three astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, landed on the moon, they were the very first human beings in history who could view our planet, Earth, from the outside. As they gazed from outer space and even tried to locate the various...

Pastors Desk 11-27-16

There is a beautiful anecdote given by Msgr. Arthur Tonne clarifying the message of today’s Gospel. Several years ago a bus driver in Oklahoma reached an unusual record. In 23 years he had driven a bus over 900,000 miles without a single accident. When asked how he...

Pastors Desk 11-20-16

A newspaper story some time back recorded the grim incident of a police officer shot and killed in the line of duty. His great desire before he was killed was to see his family's back yard completely landscaped, a desire he never saw fulfilled, because of the bullet...

Pastors Desk 11-13-16

The Temple of Jerusalem of Jesus’ time   was the third Temple Solomon had built the first Temple in seven years. It stood for 370 years. It was first looted by an invading army. A decade later, in 586 BC, it was sacked and burned by the Babylonians. After the exile,...

Pastors Desk 11-6-16

As Vice-President, George Bush represented the U.S. at the funeral (November 15, 1982) of former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev who had been the president of the USSR for 18 years. Bush was deeply moved by a silent protest carried out by Brezhnev's widow, Mrs. Viktoria...

Pastors Desk 10-30-16

Several years ago, a school teacher assigned to visit children in a large city hospital received a routine call requesting that she visit a particular child. She took the boy's name and room number and was told by the teacher on the other end of the line, "We're...

Pastors Desk 10-23-16

Before the great spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi led India in its struggle for independence, he practiced law in South Africa. He became keenly aware of the injustice there and he managed to persuade the Indian community to offer passive resistance to the government’s...

Pastors Desk 10-16-16

I am thankful to God for blessing me with many useful talents and abilities. But one of the important talents that I feel I am lacking is my ability to organize big fundraising events or to request people for money to carry out project for the parish. For a pastor of...

Pastors Desk 10-9-16

Off the coast of Evanston Illinois there comes the story of a shipwreck. The students of Northwestern University came to the rescue. One student, Edward Spenser, personally saved the lives of 17 persons that day. Years later a reporter was wri"ng a follow-up story on...

Pastors Desk 10-2-16

Blondin, the French !ghtrope walker became world-famous in June of 1859, when he walked on a !ghtrope stretched over quarter of a mile across the mighty Niagara Falls. He became the first person to accomplish this amazing feat. He walked across 160 feet above the...