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Every moment of every day is an opportunity for blessing. Each encounter wherever it occur is an opportunity for grace. You and I are meant to be channels, instruments through which the blessings of God pour out into the lives of others. Yet, so often we let fear get in the way, we prevent those blessings from ever occurring for the tiniest of fears.
There is something inherently beautiful about being outside in the glory of what so naturally is nicknamed “God’s Country”. Taking in the fresh air, admiring the scenery, one can’t help but get caught up in it. On a camping trip this past weekend with family and friends, on several occasions I caught myself or one of the others staring off, glassy-eyed, overcome with a profound sense of serenity that is so hard to come by these days.
What really sets us apart from the plants and the animals, the sea and the sky? Animals are free to move about, to seek food and shelter. Plants grow, spread their seeds, multiply. But they don’t really have much of a choice. They do what they have to do to survive. They live off of instinct. However, the human being has a very special gift bestowed upon him at the moment of creation… freedom.
This morning I was out for a walk. I prefer the early mornings just as the sun begins to peek over the San Gabriels. With rosary beads in hand I made my way down the quiet streets. But on this particular morning I was interrupted by the sound of rushing wind over my right shoulder. At first I thought it was just a bird who came to close. Though after a second time I caught a glimpse of the outstretched wings spanning close to five feet and I realized I was being pursued by a hawk!
Accepting fully the shared mission as a member of the Body of Christ—that you are called just like the original eleven apostles to “make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:18)—you know and believe that you are sent out into the world to bring people to Jesus, or even more so to bring Jesus to the people. Yet, this mission can often seem overwhelming.
I realized at Mass this past Sunday as I held my son in my arms, my back straining from the extra weight, that it was much more difficult for me to kneel down during the consecration, in fact it felt like my own little calvary. That’s when it hit me. I was literally carrying my cross.
Earlier this week the topic of friendship came up in one of my other posts, then today the first reading at Mass from the book of Sirach brought me back to reflect on friendship, what it is, why we need it, and how it's part of God's plan for our own spiritual well-being.
Catholic priests don't always have the reputation of setting the pulpit on fire with their preaching. In fact, many Catholics would complain about their pastor not being a good preacher at all. This is certainly unfortunate in a time when so many people are searching for purpose, encouragement, and truth.
Our reflections on the Last Supper usually focus on the table. We talk about the bread and the cup and the institution of the Eucharist. But in the Gospel of John we hear a different take on this gathering, namely, the washing of the disciples' feet. Tonight I realized something rather profound about this simple act of humility that I had never before considered—Jesus washed Judas' feet at t...
I'm not big on jewelry, but one thing you might notice about me is that I always wear a crucifix around my neck. It is not a cross, but a crucifix. There is a reason for that. In fact, I want to share three reasons why I wear a crucifix.
The world looks at suffering in a negative light, as misfortune. But as Christians we should be able to see the bright side of suffering and how its purpose is to purify our souls and bring us back to God if we've strayed or closer to Him otherwise.
God rescued me from myself. My sin has always been my self. Growing up in middle-class America I absorbed the false notion of our post-modern, individualistic culture. Life was about me. In fact, it seemed that the world revolved around me, my wants, my needs, my foolish, selfish desires. This is no way to live, in fact it is the quickest way to destruction. To live life always focused on self onl...
Do you have friends and family members who have left the Church, have turned their backs on God, and want nothing to do with their faith?
I do. And I’m sure you do too. So how do you get this message across to someone who doesn’t want to hear it? How do you share your faith with people in a way that will lead them to life change?