Wednesday, October 21, 2020
When asked by an interviewer how he navigates our challenging times,
Dr Esau McCaulley said something I'm making my new mantra
“I have a bias for joy.”
Saint Paul in his first letter to the Thessalonians said something similar:
"Always be joyful. Always keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful"
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
The English writer G.K. Chesterton summed up the human condition this way:
“We’re all in the same boat, and we’re all seasick.”
The challenge for a Christian is to learn how to smile in the storms of life.
Or as my beautiful wife Linda likes to say:
“Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain.”
No matter how the elections turns out, if we keep our eyes on Christ he will raise us up … to joy.
Take heart, because I have overcome the world - John 16:33
Saturday, October 10, 2020
"I am given life to live.
My life is in this present moment.
I am not thinking about tomorrow or the day after tomorrow.
Nor am I thinking about today's sunset.
Without being bored, I am thinking in this moment only about being with God.
I am ever giving thanks to God for the joy of living this moment together with God.
There is no boredom in me."
Friday, October 9, 2020
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” Budda
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself." Jesus
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
After last night's presidential debate
I think we all need to recall
the words of Saint Paul:
Brothers and sisters,
whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable
if there is any moral excellence
and if there is any praise
dwell on these things.
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Toward the end of his life, Saint John once said:
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us."
Saint Peter put it this way:
"The Lord watches over everyone who obeys him, and he listens to their prayers...."
Prayer is, beyond doubt, the most potent weapon the Lord gives us.
The election in November will be challenging, no matter who wins. We need to pray! We need to pray that God will continue to shine his light on America. We need to pray that this country remains a place where prayer is welcome, and God is honored.
On October 8th, I am inviting my friends to begin - 54 days of prayer for America. The first 27 days will be prayers of petition asking God to bless our elections on the 27 day – November 3rd. Then we will offer 27 days of thanksgiving to God for answering our prayers.
I encourage those of us who are Catholic to pray the rosary.
For more information on this rosary devotion, visit:
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Saturday, September 19, 2020
The past four years in America have been some of the most combative and, frankly, embarrassing in our history. Political leaders on both sides of the aisle have displayed a vanity that has nearly extinguished all civility and wisdom; it has left the American public anxious and divided. The pilgrims brought to America a biblical tradition that should have prepared us to realize that turmoil need not mark the end. Tumult often signals the beginning of something new. God has always called people to renewal in challenging times.
Great struggles produce great clarity. As people of faith, we should know better than most that God can work in any event; that the trials and challenges of life can lead to rebirth. This virus is a call to us to open our hearts and be reminded of who we are, children of God. It's a call to renew our relationship with the almighty.
God has witnessed every challenge throughout human history and always stands ready to welcome us to his friendship. Psalm 94 says: "Lord, when doubts fill my mind, when my heart is in turmoil, quiet me and give me renewed hope and cheer."
Do not despair; God is waiting for us to turn to Him so He can renew us, so He can heal us. The best is yet to come!
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Be a voice of hope:
A few years back a devastating earthquake killed 30,000 people in Armenia. Minutes after the tragedy, a father ran to his son’s school building and found it completely collapsed. Remembering that his son’s classroom was in the rear corner of the building, he ran over to it and began digging, pulling away the rubble with his hands.
Other parents, weeping nearby, tried to stop him, saying, “It’s too late! They’re all dead! It’s too late!” Even the police tried to dissuade him. But he kept on digging. He dug for 36 hours without stopping. In the 38th hour he heard a voice, the father screamed, “Armand!” The boy shouted back, “Dad!” Then began an incredible conversation; the boy shouted up from the rubble: “Dad! There are 14 of us down here. I told them not to worry. I told them that you’d come.”
There are so many parallels in this story with our world right now. The world is full of people like the ones in this story. There are people like the grief-stricken parents standing around the collapsed school after the earthquake. They see our world in a state of moral and spiritual collapse. They see nothing but a mountain of crime, war, drugs, illness, immorality, corruption and disrespect for all forms of life. So many people have given up and only stand around, lamenting the situation.
There are also people like the children trapped inside a world that feels like moral and spiritual rubble. They feel like theirs is a helpless situation. They see no light. The only thing that can give them hope is people like little Armand and his father – people of faith. Hopefully, people like us. We are called to be people who like Armand’s father see the same mountain of moral and spiritual collapse but refuse to give up. We are called to be like little Armand and have faith that Jesus is coming to save us. We are called to people who keep working at their faith until we bring light into the darkness.
The prophet Isaiah said, “Let us walk in the light of the Lord!” Saint Paul said, “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Put on the armor of light.” Hopefully, this story is an invitation to us to do this, to become like Armand and his father, to be voices of hope in our world. People are hurting right now, we are called to be a voice of hope!
Sunday, September 13, 2020
“You say grace before meals.
All right,” wrote G.K. Chesterton.
“But I say grace before the concert
and the opera, and grace before
the play and pantomime,
and grace before I open a book,
and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, walking, playing, dancing
and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”
Saint Paul tells us to: “Pray without ceasing”
"With what result?" you ask.
Love is the answer ... to all our prayers.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Friday, July 24, 2020
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Theologian G.K. Chesterton asks us to consider how God might have created daisies. Did He create them all at once with one swoop of His mighty hand? Or did He create them one-by-one, expressing childlike delight in each new flower? "In the beginning," Chesterton suggests, "God may have created one daisy, and something within Him spontaneously whispered, 'Do it again!'" ... And daisy number two came into being. And once again God said, "Do it again!" And there was a third, and then a fourth, and then a fifth daisy. And so, He went on creating daisies. Until after a hundred billion trillion daisies, the great Almighty Creator who spun the galaxies into space and created all the animals, that same God is still creating daisies, and with childlike glee, still saying, "Do it again!"
Mother Teresa was once asked, how she was able to accomplish so much good work for the poor. “One by One,” she replied. Have you ever noticed how from seemingly insignificant beginnings movements can grow into a point of awe and wonder? That one by one, small steps can amount to spectacular outcomes?
That is how we will solve the racial crisis we are facing in this moment ...
- one encounter at a time
- one child educated at a time
- one honest heartfelt conversation at a time.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Friday, July 3, 2020
We will pray the Rosary for 54 consecutive days, without missing a day.
We pray in petition the first 27 days then in thanksgiving the last 27 days.
We have chosen a start date of July 14th because it is the feast day of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, “The Lily of the Mohawks.” Kateri was a Native American woman born in New York. She seems the ideal person to call to mind as we launch this novena, we end on September 5 the feast of St. Teresa of Calcutta.
Monday, June 15, 2020
Our life consists not in the pursuit of material success but in the quest for worthy spiritual growth.
Our entire earthly existence is but a transitional stage in the movement toward something higher, one rung of the ladder.
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Protect us, our families and homes, our church and region, from this pestilence. Let the Angel of Death pass over our homes. We trust in your saving blood, your healing Word, and your Sovereign will. Heal all those who are sick. May they regain their health and strength.
Heal us from our carelessness, that we may be mindful of the most vulnerable among us. Good Lord, give us strength and courage in this time of uncertainty, sorrow, and opportunity. Show us when to go out, and when to stay in. Deliver us from fear, which hinders us from helping our neighbors. Show each of us how to serve our neighbors in this season, and give us courage to do so. Draw people to a saving knowledge of you.
Comfort and strengthen the families of those who are sick or have died. Defend them from illness and despair. Guide and protect doctors, nurses, researchers, and all who seek to heal and help, thereby putting themselves at risk. Guide the leaders of all nations. Give them foresight to act with wisdom and charity, for the well-being of the people they serve.
Help us to be aware of your presence, Lord, in our distress. Help us to trust in your purposes. Help us to pray with wisdom and power.
Grant us your peace.
Sunday, May 17, 2020
These are times that challenge us to be at peace.
I found this poem today and it soothed my heart.
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
poet Wendell Berry
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
One day one of Saint Ita’s students ask her –
What three things most please God?
• True faith in God with a pure heart
• A simple life with a grateful spirit
• Generosity inspired by charity
Then her student asked her –
What three things most displease God?
• A mouth that hates people
• A heart harboring resentments
• Confidence in wealth
Monday, April 27, 2020
Friday, April 24, 2020
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.
Thursday, April 23, 2020
This is a poem written
in 1869 and reprinted
in 1919 during the Spanish Flu Pandemic.
Written in 1869 by Kathleen O'Mara
And people stayed at home
And read books
And did exercises
And made art and played
And learned new ways of being
And stopped and listened
Someone meditated, someone prayed
Someone met their shadow
And people began to think differently
And people healed.
And in the absence of people who
Lived in ignorant ways
Dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
The earth also began to heal
And when the danger ended and
People found themselves
They grieved for the dead
And made new choices
And dreamed of new visions
And created new ways of living
And completely healed the earth
Just as they were healed.
Wow ... 1869 ... reprinted in 1919
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
There will be gifts from this experience
the challenge is to keep the right frame of mind.
St. Paul wrote from jail
to the people at Philippi,
"Rejoice in the Lord always.
I say it again: rejoice!
Paul urges us,
"Don't even be anxious about anything.
Resort to prayer and supplication together with thanksgiving."
Then he says,
"When you do this, when you go within yourself,
find God present in your deepest spirit,
then the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
keeps your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
In the midst of the difficulties of the world
and we are living at a very difficult time,
This is a very important message for us today.
Monday, April 20, 2020
So as we face a world enduring quarantine, business closures and a fair amount of panic.
God offers peace in the turmoil.
The phrase - "do not be afraid" - is found more than 300 times ! in Scripture.
Jesus is described as the "Prince of Peace" for those who allow Him to reign over their lives.
St. Paul said the peace of God surpasses all understanding, and will guard your hearts and your minds. (Philippians 4:7)
St Peter told us to - Cast all our anxiety on him because he cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7)
As Christians our call is to be Christ to others and bring peace.
Today reach a hand out to someone you know is fearful.
Friday, April 17, 2020
The Latin root of the word "quarantine" is "forty".
So what does the Bible say about 40?
The flood lasted 40 days.
40 years Moses fled Egypt.
40 days Moses stayed on Mount Sinai to receive the Commandments.
Exodus lasted 40 years. Jesus fasted for 40 days. Lent is 40 days.
40 days for a woman to rest after giving birth.
A group of theologians thinks the number 40 represents "change”. It is the time of preparing a person, or people, to make a fundamental change.
Something will happen after these 40 days. Just believe and pray. Remember, whenever the number 40 appears in the Bible, there is a "change".
Please know that during this "quarantine" rivers are cleaning up, vegetation is growing, the air is becoming cleaner because of less pollution, there is less theft and murder, healing is happening, and most importantly, people are turning to Christ. The Earth is at rest for the first time in many years and hearts are truly transforming.
So, during this time, enjoy it with your loved ones and return to the family altar together. Family prayer is a great blessing. Through prayer you will see the changes God can work in you and in your home. Christ promises us that everything works together for the good for those who love God: Romans 8:28!
Remember we are in the year 2020, and 20 + 20 = 40.
Also, 2020 is the year of the United States Census. Jesus Christ, the savior of the world, was born during a census.
Lastly, 2020 is perfect vision. May our sight focus on the Lord and living according to His perfect vision for us knowing He holds us in the palm of His hand.
May these days of "quarantine" bring spiritual liberation to our souls, our nation, and our world.
The best is yet to come.
Trust in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!✨