“No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” —Luke 9:62 When my dad was sixty, I remember him telling me how he wished he could sit down and play beautiful music on the piano. I asked him why he didn’t hire a teacher and learn … Continue reading You Ain’t Dead Yet
Every Sunday after the homily, we stand together and say “I believe” followed by a recitation of historical and doctrinal claims about Jesus Christ and His Church. When we think of the phrase “I believe” we often think of it as mentally assenting to some truth or fact. I believe Jesus Christ died for our … Continue reading Go Deep
One of the hardest things is to let it go when someone wrongs you or someone you love. Our first impulse is not often the healthiest. Anger and hurt can make us want to fight back and even wish ill will on the offender. But life is full of hurts and wrongs inflicted, and intentionally … Continue reading More and Gladly
I’ve started a New Years’ resolution that I’d like to recommend along with your usual practice of prayer. Begin your day by praying this aloud: If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and … Continue reading Love Every Day
Frederic Ozanam was a law student at the University of the Sorbonne in the 1830’s. During his time at the university, Frederic started a discussion club composed of Catholics, atheists, and agnostics. They met to discuss the issues of the day and often these meetings turned into lively and heated debates. During one meeting, Frederic … Continue reading How Does It Live Within You?
An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time I have to smile when I read in St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, “Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another.” I smile because I know that in today’s world few people owe nothing to anyone. We have credit card debt, mortgages, … Continue reading You Don’t Need a Loan to Love
“Purity of heart is what enables us to see.” ― Pope Benedict XVI I’ve always been fond of a scene in the movie City Slickers, a story of three friends who go on a cattle drive adventure to New Mexico to help sort out their mid-life problems. Billy Crystal plays one of those friends (Mitch) … Continue reading Our One Thing
An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time 2017 Sometimes when I ask one of my children about who they were with or about a classmate at school they answer me with, “You don’t know them.” Apparently, since I do not know him or her personally, I do not need to know … Continue reading Do You Know Him?
An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2017 My wife is a big Dave Ramsey fan. She loves when he tells people that in order to pay down their debt they need to sell so many of their possessions that the kids think that even they can be sold for the right … Continue reading Are You Possessed!?!