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S+L BLOG: Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB



Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Year A – Sunday, May 28th, 2017 Matthew’s Gospel for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord (28:16-20) presents us the majestic, final scene in Galilee that brings the evangelist’s account to a fitting conclusion. In perfect harmony with his presentation of Jesus, Matthew has chosen to ...read more
Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A – May 21st, 2017 The first six Chapters of Acts tell the story of the foundation and building up of the Church in Jerusalem. In today’s first reading (Acts 8:5-8, 14-17) and again in Acts 10:44-48 and Acts 19:1-6, Luke distinguishes between baptism in the name of the Lord ...read more
In this Biblical Reflection filmed at the site of the Primacy of Peter on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, speaks about the “breakfast symphony” in two movements in John 21. The first movement describes the appearance of the Risen Jesus to his disciples “by the Sea of Tiberias.” ...read more
Last month on April 11, 2014, Pope Francis addressed the Italian Pro-Life movement with these provocative words: “We know that human life is sacred and inviolable. Every civil right rests on the recognition of the first and fundamental right, that of life, which is not subordinate to any condition, be it quantitative, economic or, least ...read more
Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A – May 14th, 2017 The mystery of our spiritual union with Christ lies at the heart of the liturgy for the Fifth Sunday of Easter for this year. In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles (6:1-7), we learn that a clear perception of the diversity of ...read more
What does it mean to be pro-life? To be actively pro-life is to contribute to the renewal of society through the promotion of the common good. It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life, upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from ...read more
This morning, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has signed the decree paving the way for the beatification of US Capuchin Fr. Solanus Casey. I am happy to provide some background on this extraordinary American Capuchin priest whose beatification ceremony will take place in Detroit, Michigan in the next few months. The Positio for Detroit’s ...read more
A Reflection on the Centenary of the Apparitions in Portugal  This year, on May 13, will be the hundredth anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady to the three shepherd children of Fatima in 1917. The three were: Blessed Francisco Marto (b. June 11, 1908 – d. April 4, 1919); Blessed Jacinta Marto (b. March ...read more
Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year A – May 7th, 2017 Of all the images of Jesus throughout the ages, which manifests his tenderness and compassion more than the Good Shepherd? Even before Jesus’ time, the image of shepherd was used to describe the tenderness and provident care God shows us. Shepherd and host are both ...read more
Third Sunday of Easter, Year A – April 30th, 2017 Today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles (2:14, 22b-33) presents us with the first of six discourses (along with Acts 3:12-26; 4:8-12; 5:29-32; 10:34-43; 13:16-41) dealing with the Resurrection of Jesus and its Messianic significance. Five of these are attributed to Peter; the ...read more