Browsing the 2016 archive of Fr. James Marshall Weekly Video Blog

The Empty House

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 8/02/16

The Gospel for the 18th Sunday in ordinary time is the parable of the rich man who built a bigger barn because his "land produced a bountiful harvest." Jesus uses parables to engage our God given intelligence; He wants us to think! The rich man in the parable is short sighted because ... Read More »

History and the Catholic Church

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 7/14/16

I was reading a news story the other day about a man who smashed a stain glass window because of what it depicted. The image was of two black slaves carrying baskets filled with cotton. The man took a broom handle and smashed the window and erased what he ... Read More »

An American treasure

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 7/05/16

This is a little bit late but it never gets old for me.

Come to Me

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 6/30/16

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).

Our Lord calls everyone to come to him. We all find things difficult in one way or another. The history of humanity bears out the truth of these words of Jesus. ... Read More »

Speaking truth to power

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 5/31/16

It takes courage to speak the truth to those who do not want to hear it. Cardinal Robert Sarah did just that when he gave the key note address at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. This election year is about so much more than the partisan differences that ... Read More »

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 5/24/16

Corpus Christi is a celebration of a miracle! The changing of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus for the salvation of the world.

The solemnity of Corpus Christi is one time when our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is exposed not just to faithful ... Read More »

The Sign of the Cross

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 5/17/16

The first prayer that I learned from my mother was to make the sign of the cross. What I didn't know is that I was learning something that could be traced back to the early apostolic Church:

St. John Chrysostom (ca. 347-407), the eloquent fourth-century preacher and patriarch of ... Read More »

The Importance of Beauty

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 5/02/16

One of the advantages of having a blog like this one is that I can share things with you all, that previously would not have been possible. This is one of those times when I am grateful for the opportunity this blog gives me to share with you a ... Read More »

Come Holy Spirit Come

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 4/29/16

Traditionally the Catholic Church prays a novena to Holy Spirit starting on the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. This is the very first novena ever prayed by the Church. A novena is a prayer that is said over a period of nine days in imitation of what the Apostles ... Read More »

How to love as God loves

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 4/19/16

For the Fifth Sunday of Easter the Gospel commands us to love as Christ loves.

"As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.This is how all will know that you are my disciples,if you have love for one another" (Jn 13:34-35).

How does one fulfill ... Read More »