Pontifical High Mass

On the Third Sunday of Lent, the newly clothed Carmelite novices were blessed to assist in choro at Pontifical High Mass at the Faldstool, celebrated by His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, at St. Margaret Mary’s, Oakland. In attendance as well were priests and seminarians of the ArchdioceseContinue reading “Pontifical High Mass”

Reflections on Postulancy

            Morning sun transforms drooping leaves of palm-trees into dazzling green-gold fringes on the noble vestment of the sky.             Black coffee in the bottom of a plain white cup,             Pure white cotton draping over rough brown wool.             In the corner, the Paschal candle on a golden lamp-standContinue reading “Reflections on Postulancy”

Under the cross I knew your providence

Six years, my God, almost to the day since you pulled me from the world and to yourself. Two and a half since that hot afternoon I first drove my pastoral sedan— firstborn-brother, first of many, wincing at my every sudden stop and wobbly turn— one hundred fifty miles from our birth-town to the TaborContinue reading “Under the cross I knew your providence”

Colloquy on a Hawk

A hawk has—I am told—six feet of wings. From tip to tip they span the length of me, this emperor of the air, surveying from his tower (made by men of steel and iron) glittering temples, ziggurats of commerce, busy insignificance! A lone figure among saplings, solitary tree on a bare hilltop— blacktop, black dog,Continue reading “Colloquy on a Hawk”

Action Item: Support John Paul

John Paul’s family, the Mičeks, are like a “second family” to me. I have known them since I joined the Church in 2011; their eldest daughter was confirmed with me in 2012, and their family has always supported me in everything. Now they need help to afford another autism service dog for their next oldestContinue reading “Action Item: Support John Paul”

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

This weekend, my home parish of St. Joseph’s was blessed to host several of my seminarian brothers at the Saturday night vigil and 9:00 Sunday morning Masses. Mr. Michael Kelly of the Diocese of Yakima served as thurifer, and Isaac Allwin (Tucson) as boat bearer; Abundio Colazo (Tucson) and Ben Condon (Sacramento) were our acolytes;Continue reading “Second Sunday in Ordinary Time”