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




Friday, October 16, 2020

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."


Kagawa Toyohiko 











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

 


San Diegans are meeting to pray 

October 10 - 1 PM 

County Administration Center

Join us in honoring our Lady of Fatima

by praying the Rosary

for peace, unity and healing for our nation. 


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Think beautiful thoughts ...

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.


Philippians 4:8




Sunday, September 27, 2020

Prayer works!

It is easy to feel that the United States is crumbling before our eyes. This year there has been one dire crisis after the other: impeachment, plague, racial strife, cities on fire, and political disunity.  If there ever was a time for Americans to drop to our knees and pray, it's now. 

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: 

https://www.romancatholicman.com/the-miraculous-54-day-rosary-novena/




Tuesday, September 22, 2020

 

Our mission is to speak God’s truth with love. 

How often have I held my tongue in the face of evil?
When those needing help are in plain sight and I do nothing.

When we take our heads out of the sand and make the shift from distraction 
and avoidance to meeting, facing, and being with those we can help, 
there is often a short term increase in discomfort. 
Then an overwhelming realization you are where God called you to be fills your soul. 

Speak God's truth with love ... the world needs it so!



Saturday, September 19, 2020

Do not despair.

2020 has been a year of great turmoil. The pandemic we have been battling has made us realize that life has been deceptively easy until now. This monster has awakened us to our frailty and reminded us how perilous life is. This wakeup call may have a silver lining whose timing couldn’t be better. 

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 dear friend reminded me about story I told a few years ago. It seems to fit our current situation.

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

Love is the answer

7 Morning Prayers for Children

 “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

 Ten Reasons to Pray the Holy Rosary

Thank you to all who joined us in our 54 day novena.

Linda and I enjoyed our prayer time so much ... 

we may begin another novena.  

Keep watching for more news on this.

You are loved!! 

Deacon Mike


Friday, July 24, 2020

Portland, Ore., rose parade canceled after 'antifascists' threaten GOP  marchers - Anchorage Daily News
The worse the world gets, the better our chances for converting it are because the better our product looks by comparison. 
When someone asks you: “Why are you a Christian?” … our answer should be … “What else is there?”



Thursday, July 16, 2020

How will we solve the racial crisis we are facing?


Parts of a Daisy Flower

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

Our Novena Starts Today

Blessed Beads Rosaries Kateri Tekakwitha

Today we start our 54-day novena

We picked today as the start date because it is the feast day of Kateri Tekakwitha, informally known as Lily of the Mohawks. Born in present-day New York State, she contracted smallpox in an epidemic; her family died, and her face was scarred. Which makes her the ideal patron saint for what we are all experiencing in our current pandemic. 

As a native American affected by both an epidemic and discrimination, we seek her intercession in these challenging times. Kateri converted to Catholicism at age nineteen. Because of discrimination, she left her village and moved for the remaining five years of her life to the Jesuit mission south of Montreal on the St. Lawrence River in Canada.

Upon her death at the age of 24, witnesses said that minutes later, her scars vanished, and her face appeared radiant and beautiful. 

We start this novena with the prayer in our hearts that the coronavirus will not harm any of us or our family and friends.  We are also praying that an effective vaccine is found soon.   

We will pray the Rosary for 54 consecutive days without missing a day.

We pray in petition the first 27 days asking God to hear our prayers.

Then we will pray in thanksgiving the last 27 days for His answering our prayers.




Saturday, July 11, 2020

Education is the answer ...

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School - Baltimore, Maryland - Home | Facebook
These are incredibly challenging times. The senseless death of George Floyd has left me shaken, angry, and wondering how yet another black person in America could die in such circumstances. Not since the 1960s have racial and ethnic tensions been so intense. This moment we are in calls for soul-searching, discourse, and action. But what action will make a real difference is the big question. 

If we truly desire to build a more equitable society, an important step is to make sure all children receive a good education regardless of where they live, their race or ethnicity, or their family income. Today, more than half the children attending U.S. public schools qualify for free and reduced-price lunch—the highest percentage ever recorded. The best way to end the cycle of poverty is a good education.

The reason I worked so hard to help bring a Cristo Rey High School to San Diego is because it exclusively serves families of limited economic means, and prepares students for the professional workforce. The school is committed to combating institutional racism to help students overcome poverty and prejudice. At Cristo Rey San Diego, 96% of registered students are students of color, with the average family income of $34,000.

It is essential that we remain people of faith, hope, and love. We must recommit ourselves to creating a society where everyone has the possibility of liberty, prosperity, and justice.

In peace,
 
Deacon Mike Daniels
Board of Directors
CRSD Feasibility Study Co-Chair

Friday, July 3, 2020

54-Day Rosary Novena


The Rosary: A Prescription for Healing – Holy Redeemer Parish
A few years ago, I prayed with a group of friends for 54 days seeking God’s guidance.  Those prayers were answered in an impressive way.  That success gave me a desire to pray another 54-Day Rosary Novena for God's protection for our community during this coronavirus outbreak, for healing of all who have been infected with coronavirus and for God to grant wisdom to scientists to find a cure for this deadly virus - quickly.

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.

July 14 to August 9 – we offer our petitions to God.

August 10 to September 5 – we offer prayers of thanksgiving for God’s response.






Monday, June 15, 2020

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.”

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.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn




Friday, June 5, 2020

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Prayer in Time of Plague

Lord Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages curing every disease. At your command, the sick were made well. O Lord, we need you to come to our aid now, in the midst of the coronavirus, that we may experience your love and healing power.

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.
Amen.

Sunday, May 17, 2020


Wood-drake « drumtaps

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

Making an Impact - Wildflowers & Tumbleweeds


This global crisis provides an opportunity to ask questions like:

In what ways is my life impacting the world for good?

Am I living a life that is in line with Jesus’ calling for my life?









Tuesday, April 28, 2020

40 Days of Retreat - Profound thoughts from a wonderful Irish saint - Saint Ita



One day one of Saint Ita’s students ask her –
What three things most please God?

Her reply:

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?

She responded:

A mouth that hates people
A heart harboring resentments
Confidence in wealth



Friday, April 24, 2020

The Virus "Stay at Home" - 30 Day Retreat - Day 30

Prayer for a Pandemic, Cameron Bellm | Amormeus
Prayer for a Pandemic - By Cameron Bellm

May we who are merely inconvenienced
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.
Amen.



Thursday, April 23, 2020

The Virus "Stay at Home" - 30 Day Retreat - Day 29

History repeats itself.
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 listened
And did exercises
And made art and played
And learned new ways of being
And stopped and listened
More deeply
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

The Virus "Stay at Home" - 30 Day Retreat - Day 28


Word Art Says So Much For The Holiday Season - Rejoice! Absolutely ...




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

The Virus "Stay at Home" - 30 Day Retreat - Day 27

We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, full of truth for every situation we face in life.

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 Virus "Stay at Home" - 30 Day Retreat - Day 26


Faith in Quarantine: A Lesson from Noah | Air1 Worship Now

WORLD QUARANTINE

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!✨