Saturday, 4th Week of Lent                            There is a legal principle called the “presumption of innocence” – which means that one is considered innocent unless proven guilty.             Nicodemus tried to make the same point with the Pharisees who had already condemned Jesus – by protesting: “Does our law condemn a person before it first … Continue reading RASH JUDGMENT


Thursday, 4th Week of Lent                           “I do not accept human praise.”             Once I heard a priest-formator telling seminarians: “If people applaud you, great; if they don’t, great. Regardless, do not look for human praise. It is the guillotine of saints.”             Howard Stern is a very popular American radio and television personality, producer, … Continue reading ADDICTION TO HUMAN PRAISE


Wednesday, 4th Week of Lent                       Let me give you a short background of the first reading – of Isaiah 49. Some 700 years before the birth of Jesus, God’s people, the Israelites, were being battered into submission by powerful enemies. Leading citizens were being exiled into foreign lands. There was every reason to despair. … Continue reading ISAIAH 49