Browsing the 2017 archive of Saint Anselm Blog

Getting Ready for New Year's

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 12/29/17

Could be the post-Christmas blues, Lord,or maybe some end-of-the-year doldrumsor just a little here-comes-January anxietybut whatever it isit comes my way this time each yearand leaves me 'specially in needof gifts of your grace...New Year's just aheadwith resolutions to be madewhile the three kings' journey plods along,following that eastern ... Read More »

Homily for 1st Sunday of Advent 2017

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 12/04/17

I love this one line from today’s first scripture reading:Would that you might meet us doing right, that we were mindful of you in our ways.  In other words, Catch me when I’m having a good day, Lord!

 In other words: - Stop by when I’m not wasting time on ... Read More »

Homily for 32 Sunday of Ordinary Time--November 19, 2017

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 11/20/17

As tempting as it might be to interpret this parable in economic termsJesus’ words here are simply not about the stock market,or investment strategy or clever entrepreneurship –even if the imagery he uses is that of return on funds loaned.And if you think otherwise, just look at what happensto ... Read More »

A prayer before Thanksgiving

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 11/17/17

Thanksgiving and "the holidays" are just around the corner and for many this can be a very difficult time - especially those grieving the loss of a loved one.  In one way or another, we're all getting ready for Thanksgiving: some of us are looking forward to this day ... Read More »

Homily for 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time August 27, 2017

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 8/28/17

These are not the keys to the kingdom of heaven!However, they are the keys to my little cornerof the kingdom on earth.

Keys are important, these keys are important to me:they open – and they keep shut.

Keys let some folks in and keys keep some folks out.

Keys ... Read More »

Lessons from Solomon

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 7/31/17




What do you really, really want? 

I’m thinking about Solomon and how he reacted when God told him to ask for anything.  And then I began daydreaming about what I would say if God told ... Read More »

Getting ready for Mother's Day 2017

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 5/11/17

Preparing for Mothers Day, May 14   Photo by Kincaid This post comes early but you might want to pray with it or share it with others in anticipation of Mothers Day 2017, this comingweekend, May 14... Mothers will be celebrated by their families this weekend in special ways. ... Read More »

Texting With God

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 5/06/17

Texting With God: 5/6   Got some time to pray today?Has it been a while since... Just too busy?God's waiting to listen...Find the time, make the time,spend the time today, in prayer...Now...     H/T to Austin from Boston

How to Receive Holy Communion

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 4/24/17

The Reception Of Holy Communion At Mass   The Church understands the Communion Procession, in fact every procession in liturgy, as a sign of the pilgrim Church, the body of those who believe in Christ, on their way to the Heavenly Jerusalem. All our lives we who believe in ... Read More »

Palm Sunday Homily 2017

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 4/12/17

Palm Sunday Homily       2017

 If somebody came from Jesus’ time, in a time machine, to this place right now, and somebody explained that this building is a space for worship and a religious ceremony was taking place—and they saw this symbol of a crucified man—they would think that we’ve ... Read More »