Browsing MESSAGES FROM FR. PECCHIE

Fr. Pecchie's Message 10/11/20

Posted by Web Staff on 10/17/20

There is a confusion regarding this parable by the modern audience who hears it. The King seems crazy.  How are those on the highways and byways to have a wedding garment? Now for the rest of the story. Jesus eloquently illustrates this truth by including a curious detail in ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 10/04/20

Posted by Web Staff on 10/10/20

West Point Military Academy, just up the Hudson River from New York City, has a beautiful campus. The style of architecture is military Gothic, the grounds are well-groomed and immaculate, and the views of the Hudson River valley can be breathtaking, especially during autumn, when the leaves are changing ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 09/27/20

Posted by Web Staff on 10/03/20

Today’s readings remind us that we have two fundamental choices in life when the Lord asks something of us: obedience or rebellion. Rebellion is a choice, but it is the wrong choice. In today’s First Reading Ezekiel reminds us that those who blame the Lord for their destructive path ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 09/20/20

Posted by Web Staff on 9/28/20

It is the focus on God's glory that has given all the saints such remarkable energy and courage.  St. Thomas Aquinas, one of my top 5 favorite saints, was perhaps the greatest intellect the world has ever known.    A member of the first generation of Dominican friars, he lived ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 09/13/20

Posted by Web Staff on 9/19/20

Cheryl McGuinness learned this secret of mercy at the foot of a strange and terrible cross. She is the widow of the co-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, which was hijacked and smashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. That morning, she and her two teenage ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 09/06/20

Posted by Web Staff on 9/12/20

Nobody likes to be corrected. It tweaks our ego, and it is often badly done or consists of someone making snide comments or berating us because we’ve done something they don’t like. Fraternal correction can also sting, but it has the good of the corrected person in mind. Today’s ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 08/30/20

Posted by Web Staff on 9/05/20

Being honest about the hard truths got Jesus in trouble - in fact, it got Him crucified.  It also got the Old Testament prophets in trouble, and Jeremiah, the author of today's First Reading and my favorite prophet, is a prime example. He lived in Jerusalem in the final ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 08/16/20

Posted by Web Staff on 9/01/20

If God truly wants everyone to be saved and is working hard to make that happen, how do we explain the existence of Hell, which is a dogma of our faith? It's simple, though tragic. God wants all of us to be saved, but He won't force us to ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 08/09/16

Posted by Web Staff on 8/16/20

This is one of the most memorable and beautiful passages from the Old Testament. The Prophet Elijah has just had a run-in with the pagan prophets that have allied themselves with the evil Queen Jezebel.  Elijah came out victorious in that encounter, and it made Jezebel furious. She threatened ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 08/02/20

Posted by Web Staff on 8/08/20

Let's put ourselves in this scene. After a long day, the exhausted and exasperated disciples try to get Jesus to send away the hungry throng. But Jesus looks at them, so preoccupied with their own selfish concerns, and says, "Feed them yourselves." Imagine their shock. Five thousand men, with ... Read More »