Browsing MESSAGES FROM FR. PECCHIE

Fr. Pecchie's Message 11/22/20

Posted by Web Staff on 11/28/20

Today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King! It is the culmination of our liturgical year! Christ is the King of Kings! Is He truly our King? Does He reign over all aspects of our life? Probably not! On this feast the Church asks us to ponder anew ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 11/15/20

Posted by Web Staff on 11/21/20

Thanks to the St. Anthony the Abbot Family Ministry: JMJ Hernando for the great All Saints Festival.  Hopefully we can make it an annual event. Every day we all have opportunities to help those around us get rid of the wrong idea of God and build up the right ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 11/08/20

Posted by Web Staff on 11/17/20

When Pope John Paul II was dying, the doctors were treating him with pain killers and other chemicals to hold him together as long as they could. At one point, he had simply had enough, and he waved them away, knowing that his moment had come. And his last ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 11/01/20

Posted by Web Staff on 11/10/20

Looking to the saints reminds us that in the end Christ is always victorious; that the "gates of hell" cannot resist the power of God's grace. The origins of today's liturgical celebration are a striking example of that truth. The Church began celebrating this Solemnity in Rome, in the ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 10/25/20

Posted by Web Staff on 10/31/20

There is a possibly apocryphal story about a senior prelate being asked out of the blue at a press conference: “Your Eminence, what do you think of the local night clubs?” Whereupon, taken aback, he replied: “I don’t know. I’ve never been to a night club.” The next day ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 10/18/20

Posted by Web Staff on 10/24/20

The Greek word for endurance was "hypomeno," and its literal (etymological) meaning was to stay firm under. It could mean the firmness of a foundation that gives stability under a building. Or it could mean the firmness of someone who stands his ground when he is under attack. This ... Read More »

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 »