Appleton, WI

Feb. 27/28: Day by Day with Father Bill – Weekend Edition

To keep each other safe and lessen the spread of the coronavirus, we have had to make many adjustments to the level of our participation at Mass. We do not use hymnals because too many hands would be touching them. We have not enjoyed the beauty of music led by our choir as too many […]

Feb. 26: Day by Day with Father Bill

FRIDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT -from the Inner Voice of Love by Fr Henri Nouwen   Whenever you feel lonely, you must try to find the source of this feeling. You are inclined either to run away from your loneliness or to dwell in it. When you run away from it, your loneliness does not […]

Homily Connect Feb 28: A Tight Fisted Trap!

Scriptures: Gn22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18, Rom 8:31b-34, Mark 9:2-10 Thinking Back – A Favorite Novel- Where the Red Fern Grows An ingenuous method of catching a raccoon The trap: the hole, the nails, the shiny object The clenched paw and the inability to let go The Image for the Second Week of Lent Our tight […]

Feb. 25: Day by Day with Father Bill

THURSDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT   O Sapientia* by Malcolm Guite   I cannot think unless I have been thought, Nor can I speak unless I have been spoken. I cannot teach except as I am taught, Or break the bread except as I am broken. O Mind behind the mind through which I seek, O Light […]

Feb. 24: Day by Day with Father Bill

WEDNESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT   It looks like the sky is coming apart and together at the same time by Maya Stein   And the body is holding its losses like a fist. And a fleshy hope is opening to an unprecedented vastness. And whatever we think we are leaving behind will keep […]

Feb. 23: Day by Day with Father Bill

TUESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT Still I Rise by Maya Angelou (1928-2014) You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like […]

Feb. 22: Day by Day with Father Bill

FEAST OF THE CHAIR OF SAINT PETER, APOSTLE   “Monet’s ‘Waterlilies’” by Robert Hayden   Today as the news from Selma and Saigon poisons the air like fallout,      I come again to see the serene great picture that I love. Here space and time exist in light the eye like the eye of […]

Feb. 20/21: Day by Day with Father Bill – Weekend Edition

Here is the homily I preached on Ash Wednesday for your reflection and prayer as we begin the Holy Season of Lent through Desert Detours to Garden Gladness at Easter Time. On February 2, which was the halfway point in the season of winter, Groundhog Phil of Pennsylvania saw his shadow and announced that more […]

Feb. 19: Day by Day with Father Bill

FRIDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY   -from Walking with Francis of Assisi: From Privilege to Activism by Bruce Epperly   I believe that Saint Francis of Assisi’s message is even more important in light of this most recent pandemic. Francis – and his spiritual sister, Clare – remind us we are all connected. The paths of greed, consumerism, individualism, and […]

Homily Connect Feb 21: Pride

I’m Not God! Neither Are You! Scripture Mark 1:12-15 The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. A Tale from our Moslem Brothers and Sisters The Angelic Council Weeding out candidates for a special award/honor Selected person/Needed approval from the Divine One Divine One […]