Author: Fr. Alex Roche

Beyond the Breaking Point

A homily for the twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time (Cycle B). Readings available from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This is the custom of the simple: they ever find fault with the more subtle doctrines and foolishly tear in...

Beyond the Breaking Point

Why did God choose bread and wine?

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, July 25, 2021 — the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time “And this food is called among us Εὐχαριστία [the Eucharist], of which no one is allowed to partake but the man who believes that...

Why did God choose bread and wine?

The God who speaks in the storm

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, June 20, 2021 — the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time There are few experiences in the world that can match the intensity, the violence, and the sheer drama of a midwestern storm. Growing up...

The God who speaks in the storm

Proclaiming Christ at Pentecost

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, May 23, 2021 — the Feast of Pentecost. Preach always, use words when necessary.” These are perhaps the most famous words of St. Francis of Assisi—or so we are told. I have always...

Proclaiming Christ at Pentecost

Judas, Our Brother

Introduction — Fr. Alex Roche In June of 2017 Pope Francis visited the small village of Bozzolo in the Diocese of Cremona, located in northern Italy’s Po Valley. The images of a Roman Pontiff visiting the little town of 5,000...

Judas, Our Brother