My work as a priest involves a good deal of writing, including letters, articles, and longer documents. I supplement this by occasionally writing a book, and so I spend a fair amount of time in Microsoft Word. The Office 2007 interface uses a series of toolbars called ribbons. The ribbon interface means that a lot of buttons I rarely use …
God gives us the gift of righteousness, symbolized by a white garment. We are given this gift in baptism and are called to preserve it throughout our life and into the everlasting life of Heaven. Seeing holiness as a gift from God will help us answer Peter’s question at the Pearly Gates.
The book of Sirach tells us that the prayer of the lowly one pierces the clouds (Sir 35:16:18). Our prayers will go up to Heaven like a rocket, if we begin by recognizing our own lowliness. At the same time, we also need to recognize our giftedness, the truth of how much God has blessed us.
An elderly widow teaches us to be persistent. Moses shows us that when we are doing the work of God, we can rely on God for the strength to achieve it. In the same way, the movement 40 Days for Life is successful because it is faithful to God’s purposes in a way that is both prayerful and persistent. Are you doing the work of God, with the strength that comes from God?
America is a land of constant noise. Americans wake up listening to television, and we go to sleep at night watching the television. When we are not watching television, we are listening to the radio or surfing the internet. This constant stream of images, ideas and emotion is carrying our nation along like a great flood. So many Christians try …
The Good News is not about abortion, divorce, or homosexuality. The Good News is the incredible love of God that washes clean every sin. The Pope wants us speak more about Christ; he wants wounded people to meet the Healer. Today we ready how a man named Naaman discovers the healing power of God. More importantly, through his journey of healing, he discovers God Himself. We all have a part to play to help heal the wounds. Will you bring people to Jesus?
Faith is a journey from where we are, to where God wants us to be. The story of Naaman the Syrian is one example of the journey of faith. He was seeking only for a physical healing, but through his journey he found faith in the Lord God. Human life is a journey towards God, a journey towards glory, and we do not walk this journey alone but Jesus Christ walks with us.
The mustard seed is a little speck of a seed, but it has the power to grow into a whole plant. Seeds are amazing; everything that makes up an entire plant is packed into a tiny little package to be spread about, looking for fertile soil where it can grow. The faith is very much like a seed that God plants in our heart. If we do not harden our hearts, but give faith room to grow, then this seed can become a strong tree that shelters our life.
We often treat our Catholic Faith like fine china; our ancestors passed it down to us for special occasions. But faith is a living thing. When we were baptized we received a seed of faith; we must care for it. Give your faith sunlight by daily prayer, water it with Mass, feed it with catechism, and keep it from harm. Your faith will put down deep roots and grow strong.