Father Tom

August 20th 2017

August 20th 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, At first, Jesus’ attitude toward the Canaanite woman seems harsh and we wonder why? After reading the story carefully, we can see him testing her faith. Is it for real or is she simply looking for a magic act of healing for her daughter. Her love is sincere and her … read on

August 13th, 2017

August 13th, 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, This week’s gospel story is one of my favorite accounts of Jesus walking on the water.  Matthew adds the sub-story of Peter trying to walk on the water.  I love to image what Peter is thinking as he steps out of the boat, as he feels the water lapping onto … read on

The Transfiguration of the Lord

The Transfiguration of the Lord

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Last week we looked at that treasure which is worth more than anything else. This is what Peter was experiencing on that mountain during the Transfiguration. He wanted to build a tent and just stay there. But, that was not to be. The relationship with Jesus we seek is not … read on

July 30th 2017

July 30th 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, In giving us the parable of the “Lost Treasure” or the “Pearl of Great Price,” Jesus is not only calling us to place great worth on the Kingdom of God but also telling us what is God’s highest priority as well. The Kingdom of God is not a place or … read on

July 23rd 2017

July 23rd 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, The problem with quick judgements is that they are seldom well-informed and often expressed in excessive ways.  The parable today combined with the first reading from the Book of Wisdom caution us about judging and especially condemning. Oh, there are times we need to make quick judgements and trust our … read on

July 16th, 2017

July 16th, 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, There are lots of ways to understand the meaning of parables and Jesus’ answer to the question of why he uses them. It seems strange for him to say that the parables are so the disciples will understand and others will not understand. Why wouldn’t he want everyone to understand? … read on

July 9th, 2017

July 9th, 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, When Jesus says that the Father has revealed the mysteries to the “little ones” and not to the wise and learned, what does He mean? In the same breath, Jesus speaks of how he has revealed the Father to these same little ones. The wise and learned are convinced that … read on

July 7th 2017

July 7th 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Sometimes we wonder at Jesus telling us we must love him more than our mother or father, son or daughter. How is this part of being a disciple of Jesus? Surely, we should love our family intensely. Building on last’s weeks reflection, we come to realize that if we love … read on

June 25th 2017

June 25th 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, “Those set firmly on the foundation of your love” As we return to Ordinary Time this week, the “Collect” (opening prayer of mass) closes with the above expression.  The gospel speaks of the love of God expressed by our value in God’s sight, more than the small sparrows and that … read on

June 18th, 2017

June 18th, 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, There is a great difference between a symbol and the real thing.  Our flag is the symbol of our country, but the country itself is so much more: the people, the land, the history, the founding documents, the dream and mission.  A heart is a symbol of love, but love … read on