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Christ at the Center: Home EditionMay 18th, 2013
Pentecost Sunday: May 19, 2013 Gospel: John 20:19-23 ORÂ John 14:15-16, 23B-26 John 20:19-23 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, â€śPeace be with you.â€ť When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, â€śPeace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.â€ť And when he …Read More.
â€śMy child, if you aspire to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for an ordeal.Â Be sincere of heart, be steadfast, and do not be alarmed when disaster comes.â€ť Sirach 1:1,2 The Boston Marathon blast that killed three and maimed scores whose lives were changed forever.Â The young man at LaSalle H.S. who shot himself.Â The three young women who were abducted and held prisoner for ten years in Cleveland.Â Sandy Hook, and all those bright-eyed, beautiful kids whose lives were brutally taken. Â A baby discarded in a dumpster; countless others aborted. Atrocities in Syria, Nigeria, …Read More.
NFP is for Real MenMay 16th, 2013
I recently attended a lecture that discussed just how healthy the practice of natural family planning is for a couple.Â The speakers showed the strong correlation between the use of natural birth regulation methods and divorce-proof marriages.Â They discussed the benefits of improved communication, improved understanding of a wifeâ€™s psychology as it relates to her body, the deepening sense of respect men develop for their wives, and the value of mutually delayed gratification.Â All in all, I thought it was a pretty compelling case. I almost fell out of my chair later that day when …Read More.
Life is DifficultMay 15th, 2013
â€śLife is difficult,â€ť the opening sentence of the bestseller The Road Less Travelled by Scot Peck, has been a guiding statement for me ever since reading the book. It is a reminder of the challenges that all of us face as we live the life weâ€™re given. Iâ€™ve discovered that my ranting and raving about life being unfair doesnâ€™t seem to change reality much, so somehow I need to deal with what is as it is. A second reflection Iâ€™ve come across over the years is the thought that what life presents is a challenge …Read More.
Satan’s Steak CompanyMay 14th, 2013
I was babysitting our kids outside the other day. I’m a better parent than I am babysitter. In the midst of the chaos happening about the yard, I noticed a white pickup come to screeching halt in front of our house. The bed of the truck was filled with an odd cooler attachment bearing the logo of a distant steak company, one of those distant warehouses that will overnight steaks to your front door.Â Immediately three men got out of the cab – let’s pause there. Any time three grown men get out of those …Read More.
Is the Church an Image of Compassion and Mercy?May 13th, 2013
Recently I had the opportunity to meet a courageous and good woman and mom.Â A single parent of 4 children, she desires to raise her children to be adults with good morals, with an education to be productive citizens and independent, and she asks the Church to help her.Â I shared with her the statics that show â€śfaith is good for kids.â€ťÂ Studies show that families, who pray together in the home, attend Church services together and have relationships with other members of their Church community usually become adults with faith.Â These adults with faith …Read More.
Christ at the Center: Home EditionMay 11th, 2013
Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord: May 12, 2013 Gospel: Luke 24:46-53 Jesus said to his disciples: â€śThus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold I am sending the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.â€ť Then he led them out as …Read More.
1/168th: Another Way of Looking at Sunday MassMay 11th, 2013
When we think of our duty to worship God on Sundays, we probably consider the time we are â€śgivingâ€ť to Him. Sunday Mass takes on average about an hour â€“ some places less, some places more â€“ or approximately 1/168th of our week. Even so, this minimum requirement of the Church to worship God each Sunday is not so minimal to some (we know that less than 25% of baptized Catholics in the U.S. attend Mass every week). And while it is true that many make sacrifices to attend Mass in the midst of the …Read More.
Benjamin’s SorrowMay 10th, 2013
You will, without doubt, succeed, if you never lose sight of the great consoling truth that nothing happens in this world but by the command of God, or at least, with His divine permission; and that whatever He wills, or permits turns infallibly to the advantages of those who are submissive and resigned [to God]. – Jean-Pierre de Caussade. Â I have recently been working my way through a spiritually intense book called Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade. Caussade makes a reference to Benjamin, the youngest son of Jacob and half-brother to …Read More.
The Whole ChristMay 6th, 2013
Have you ever come to a point where something you thought you knew became a thing that you realize you never really knew like you thought you did. I know this might seem like a convoluted question. And maybe it is. I just chalk it up to the mystery of Jesus Christ. Recently I was preparing prayer for a parish staff meeting. The daily Gospel reading for the prayer was part of the Bread of Life Discourse in the Gospel of John-namely John 6: 44-51. Jesus says â€śI am the bread of life. Your ancestors …Read More.