Waiting in the hospital while her husband was in an important surgery, she saw him. He was walking between two armed officers, chains bound his wrists and feet. As he shuffled toward her she noticed his disheveled appearance--tattoos everywhere, long unkempt hair and his prison jumpsuit. Do not avert your eyes....she reminded herself. Last week's … Continue reading The Gaze
"But the Knights remained at their post. For that is what Knights do...continually protect the Kingdom they love."
By Kristine Bruce, founder of "Praying for Our Prodigals" When thinking about my kids who are away from the church, my “prodigals”, I so want to wake them up to the urgency of getting back into the fold of faith. I know many parents feel this pressing desire. I often feel so burdened not only … Continue reading These Words From Mother Teresa Will Give You Hope
Back to school week for most of us means back to business, including meeting to Encounter Christ in the upcoming Sunday gospel together as a group. Usually one of our well-attended gatherings, we were happy there were a few more than normal in attendance for digesting the challenging nature of this gospel passage. Christ explains … Continue reading Peace and Division
Scientific Evidence of the Body and Blood of Christ.
As we reflected on this Sunday's gospel about the woman caught in the act of adultery, the current headlines involving rich and famous parents trying to buy their kids' way into reputable colleges lingered in my mind. Like the media frenzy in this "bad moms" of college students scenario, I could similarly envision the ruckus … Continue reading “Bad Moms” and Fire-Fighting Storks
What are you going to do now? That is the question we should be asking ourselves every day in regard to how our love for God compels us to act. The "Jesus Man" was a person who understood this well.
Celebrating the New Year has always meant a stream of old movies or opening a new book, and of course, getting organized. I guess the best thing about New Year's is the sense of personal renewal we all feel, making resolutions to better people; physically, financially, and personally. I also feel the blessing of renewal … Continue reading Encountering Resolutions: The Best of 2018
September is the month of recounting some big disasters. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and hurricanes past have been on my heart lately, and seem to evoke the same sense of looming that we have been experiencing in news reports of the Catholic Church. I have ready many related articles and posts … Continue reading Florence, Falls and Feeding the Hungry
How do we bear fruit as instructed in John 15:1-8? We trust, rely on the word of God, and reach out to those who are neglected around us.
Influenza B came to join us just in time for the Last Supper on Holy Thursday. It didn't stop us from enjoying our family or the joy of the Risen Christ on Easter, but along with the rainy weather and illness, it was a different kind of day. Perhaps like the two disciples walking on … Continue reading But Him They Did Not See
One meets a stranger, and then takes a mystical encounter and shares with another stranger. The effect? A paying forward of hope...
Well, about 24 hours down and I already miserably crashed on our weekly Encounter with Christ resolution to serve my family with a joyful heart. Had to get up in the realm of 5 am, (an "other wordly" realm; I have told you I am not a morning person but that is really an understatement). … Continue reading Daily Dose of Love
Jesus and Mother Teresa showed up at today's Encounter with Christ. They both had the same thing to say.
I am currently reading "Mother Teresa of Calcutta; A Personal Portrait" by Leo Maasburg. It's an easy read and I feel like I am sitting in a room with my uncle who is telling us stories about the good old days. It's a wonderful glimpse into the life of the now-saint, and how she loved … Continue reading You Did It To Me
Dark Night of the Soul
The Catholic Encyclopedia describes sins of omission as the following: "(Latin omittere, to lay aside, to pass away). "Omission" is here taken to be the failure to do something one can and ought to do. If this happens advertently and freely a sin is committed. Moralists took pains formerly to show that the inaction implied … Continue reading Sins of Omission
I am reading "Where There is Love There is God" which is a collection of quotes by Mother Theresa. We know the devil works his best through those relationships that are closest and dearest to us because our value is so wrapped up in them. Throughout the day I am always hearing a little voice … Continue reading All in the Family