5-15-2022 Reflection

Like an early morning fog that later yields to the sunshine and uncovers what has been hidden, the event of the Passion, Death and Resurrection shows us the true glory of Jesus as the Son of God. There is no other event like it in the history of human life on planet...

5-8-2022 Reflections

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson There was one scene broadcast worldwide at the height of the war in Ukraine that will forever be etched in my memory. It was a small but significant march of Ukrainian men heading back from safe homes in neighboring countries to...

5-1-2022 Reflection

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson Before there were smartphones, tablets, pods and computerized wristwatches, there was the kaleidoscope.  A relatively simple but ingenious gadget, it is a tube containing mirrors and pieces of colored glass or paper whose...

4-24-2002 Reflection

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson You remember those days in your high school English class.  You had to distinguish between a noun as a thing and a verb, which is always some kind of an action. “Divine Mercy” strikes me as both. It is the good Lord’s prerogative...

4-17-2022 Reflection

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson Musicologists tell us that some great classical pipe organs have as many as a thousand pipes in their makeup.  But today, even that amazing number falls short of what the Church wants to proclaim musically, the joy that is the...

4-10-2022 Reflection

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson Statues and paintings have done their part. So too for the movies, which have given us Hollywood’s various versions of the Passion of Christ. That last includes Mel Gibson’s version of a few years ago.  For the sake of...

4-3-2022 Reflection

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson Evil enjoys entrapment. That is evident from any search we do in Scripture, going all the way back to the time that low down snake spoiled Eden right up to today’s well-known scene involving Jesus, His perennial tormentors, the...

April 8: Our Lady of the Valley

Our Parish chose Our Lady of the Valley to be our Patron when we purchased the new statue. We felt our Shenandoah Valley was also a “green valley” and  it was appropriate to chose her. April 8: Our Lady of the Valley, Sicily (1040) The Sicilian shrine to Our Lady of...

3-27-2022 Reflection

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson I doubt they loved the idea. I refer to the hundred and a half sophomore boys in my daily charge as their English and Religion teacher at a thriving (at that time) Catholic high school in the suburbs of Philadelphia. What they...

3-20-2022 Reflection

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson Biblical scholars are often unheralded people. They labor in dedicated anonymity in the background of the Church’s activities. Yet they frequently gift us with richer understanding of God’s word. The Exodus story is a sterling...