Province of St. Albert the Great, USA


7 Apr • Doubting Thomas

Why did Thomas Doubt? Perhaps because his brothers did not speak conviction, with lives that were changed because of the Resurrection. We are called to preach of the Resurrection with the conviction of changed lives that manifest its importance.

6 Apr • Speaking boldly

After the Resurrection, Sts. Peter and John were hauled before the Sanhedrin because they were speaking boldly about Jesus. Would that we have the same courage to speak about what we have seen, or to ask those who seem to have experienced what we wish to experience.

21 Mar • The Communion of Saints

Jesus argues with the Jewish authorities that Abraham is still alive in God and looking upon this moment, and that he is one with God. This is the Communion of Saints, made possible by Jesus, and today is a day to feel our connection to those who have died but are alive in heaven.

20 Mar • Integrity

Hanaiah, Azariah, and Mishael chose to be cast into the fire rather than worship a Babylonian god. People will expect us to do all sorts of things, be all sorts of people. Do we know ourselves and have the integrity to act with integrity?

The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Fr. Scott Steinkerchner, OP breaks open the readings for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, pointing out what is different in the "new covenant" that the prophet Jeremiah says God will place in our hearts. Through embracing suffering we will learn obedience to God, as Jesus did, and God will give us the grace to endure and overcome.

22 Feb • The good and the bad

On this Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, we remember that Jesus built his church on the rock that is Peter. But we also remember that he next told Peter, "Get behind me Satan!" There is good and bad in all of us, so let's celebrate the good and forgive and challenge the bad.

21 Feb • The sign of Jonah

Jesus told the crowds that they will get no sign from him except the "sign of Jonah." Jonah tried to run from God until he spent three days in the belly of the whale. When he came out, he had a new conviction. Likewise, the apostles, after the resurrection, preached with a new conviction. May our preaching be as powerful.

10 Feb • Stick around for the good stuff

Jesus preached for three days to 4000 people in a deserted place in gentile territory. They ran out of food, but in the end, Jesus miraculously fed them. But they stayed listening for three days, knowing they had no food. May we be so open to God's working in the world that we stick around until the final blessing.