Author Archives: Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). www.Salvatorians.com. Six books on Amazon.com.

Precision vs. Emotion?

“Oil and Water.” Can’t happen. Opposites don’t attract. Like-minded people are just that. Wait! What if it’s the precision of music and the emotions of the heart? Oil and Water? Forget about it. “Sussudio,” Phil Collins…”Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da,” Beatles “Na Na … Continue reading

Posted in Spirituality | Tagged , | Leave a comment

“Living the Mystery”

Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw … Continue reading

Posted in Lent, Spirituality | Leave a comment

“God’s Crazy Love,” formerly “Prodigal Son”

Jesus takes out his violin and does a “Henny Youngman” impression to strongly convey to us the crazy love that God has for us. I know you’re not supposed to laugh during a gospel reading but there are plenty of … Continue reading

Posted in Prodigal Son, Spirituality | Leave a comment

Lent: Sin or Hope? It’s Both?

Finally, we can stop singing, “Oh, the weather outside is frightful” and begin singing the old Lesley Gore song, “Sunshine, lollipops, rainbows and everything…” I guess it’s planned that way – begin Lent in darkness and concludes with rays of … Continue reading

Posted in Lent, Mother, Spirituality | 2 Comments

Lent: “Those Who Help Form Us”

“Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who … Continue reading

Posted in Lent, Spirituality | Leave a comment

A Book of Peace in the Midst of Chaos

I don’t easily recommend books but this one is a winner. Her prologue begins, “I am grateful and deeply honored that you are here. Which means that if you are here, then I am not. But it’s okay.” Julie had … Continue reading

Posted in Spirituality | Leave a comment

Temptation, Sunday in Lent

Temptation. Cue the old Perry Como song to get its meaning. Side note, I think Perry’s the least likely person to sing that song. Frank, yes. But “Wholesome-Married-Once-Perry?” Number 68-married-years for Perry and four wives for that saloon singer. (Mia … Continue reading

Posted in Spirituality | 2 Comments

A Spiritual Number

There are seven days in a week and as many Catholic sacraments. Along with seven seas is the Seventh Day Adventists, as many colors in a rainbow, or notes in a musical scale, or phases of the moon, or bodily … Continue reading

Posted in Spirituality | Leave a comment

A Prayer during Times of Trial

“My [child], when you come to serve the LORD, stand in justice and fear, prepare yourself for trials. Be sincere of heart and steadfast, incline your ear and receive the word of understanding, undisturbed in time of adversity. Wait on … Continue reading

Posted in Spirituality | Leave a comment

“Integrity”

“A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thornbushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles. … Continue reading

Posted in Spirituality | Leave a comment