St. James the Apostle Parish

Year of Mercy

Wonderfully Complicated

November Relection: Wonderfully Complicated

Quote from Pope Francis: Jesus wants us to touch human misery, to touch the suffering flesh of others. He hopes that we will stop looking for those personal or communal niches which shelter us from the maelstrom of human misfortune and instead enter into the reality of other people’s lives and know the power of tenderness. Whenever we do so, our lives become wonderfully complicated.

The Leftovers in Life

October Theme: The Leftovers in Life

The Knots of Our Soul Feast of Mary Undoer of Knots

September Theme: The Knots of Our Soul Feast of Mary Undoer of Knots

Mary, whose “yes” opened the door for God to undo the knot of the ancient disobedience, is the Mother who patiently and lovingly brings us to God, so that he can untangle the knots of our soul by his fatherly mercy.

We all have some of these knots, and we can ask in our heart of hearts: What are the knots in my life? “Father, my knots cannot be undone!” It is a mistake to say anything of the sort! All the knots of our heart, every knot of our conscience, can be undone.

Drowning in the Sea of Fears and Anxieties

August Theme: Drowning in the Sea of Fears and Anxieties

The Lord in his great goodness and his infinite mercy always takes us by the hand lest we drown in the sea of our fears and anxieties. He is ever at our side; he never abandons us. And so, let us not be overwhelmed by fear or disheartened, but with courage and confidence let us press forward in our journey and in our mission.


A Culture That’s Lost Its Memory

June Theme: A Culture That’s Lost Its Memory

A people who don’t protect their elderly, who don’t take care of their young, are a people without a future, a people without hope. The young—the children, the youth—and the old carry history forward. The children, the young, rightly have their biological strength. The elderly offer their memory. But when a community loses its memory, it’s over, it’s over. It’s awful to see a community, a people, a culture that’s lost its memory.