Fr. Pecchie's Message 08/22/21

Posted by Web Staff on 9/02/21

Testing doesn't always come in ways that we expect. We tend to think of difficulties, injustices, struggles, and suffering as the usual challenges to our faith. But sometimes success and prosperity can be equally challenging. That's what happened to Joshua and the people of Israel in today's First Reading. ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 08/15/21

Posted by Web Staff on 8/27/21

Christ packs three momentous lessons into this discourse on the Eucharist in today's Gospel passage. First, He points out the mystery of faith, that no one can believe in Him "unless he is drawn by the Father." Faith in Jesus Christ supplies us with life's only dependable fuel, and ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 08/08/21

Posted by Web Staff on 8/14/21

August 8th is the Feast Day of St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers and my Favorite Saint after Mary and Joseph. In the 12th canto of the Paradiso, the poet Dante speaks of the legacy of St. Dominic to the Catholic Church: “Then with both learning ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 08/01/21

Posted by Web Staff on 8/08/21

Last week Jesus performed the multiplication of the loaves, and all the people who witnessed the amazing miracle wanted to make Jesus king. Making Jesus king was the same thing as asking Him to lead them in a revolution against the Roman Empire. The Israelites at that period in ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 07/25/21

Posted by Web Staff on 8/02/21

Five loaves and two fish cannot feed a crowd of five thousand men (plus at least as many women and children). It is impossible. Not even a year's salary (the equivalent of two hundred denarii) could buy enough for such a feast, as Philip nervously points out. Yet, when ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 07/18/21

Posted by Web Staff on 7/27/21

Jesus' Apostles had completed their first successful missionary endeavor. After being with Him for a long time, under His tutelage and guidance, they had been sent out to be His ambassadors, to announce His message and testify to its truth. Now they returned to report their progress. We know ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 07/11/21

Posted by Web Staff on 7/17/21

Every Christian shares in Christ's mission. When we were baptized, we became members of His body, that same body that reaches out to men and women in every age in order to lead them to God. That's the mission Jesus gave His apostles in today's Gospel: He sent them ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 07/04/21

Posted by Web Staff on 7/11/21

St. Germaine of Pibrac gave a truly inspiring example of what it means to both hear and heed God's voice. She was a French girl from a middle class family who lived in the late 1500s. A childhood illness left her with a crippled hand, and after her mother ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 06/27/21

Posted by Web Staff on 7/03/21

Jesus performs two shocking, and in both cases, the key that released the power of his grace was humility. As believers in the Lord and desirous to imitate our Blessed Mother, the first of the Lord’s disciples, we need to grow in humility, not pride. As we are aware ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 06/20/21

Posted by Web Staff on 6/27/21

To fully grasp the awesome power Christ displays in this Gospel scene, we need to activate our imagination. Few situations leave men so helpless and despairing as storms at sea. The Sea of Galilee, where the disciples were sailing in this case, is still known for the violence of ... Read More »