Featuring Deacon Michael: God knows well what we are suffering. St. John Paul II and Blessed Chiara Badano both found hope by uniting their sufferings with the sufferings of Jesus. They encountered Jesus and came to know I AM as Our Father. [AUDIO]
Not really. The first Pope was actually a fisherman. But back then meat wasn’t a staple food. For most ancient peoples, “flesh meat” (birds and mamals) was a luxury enjoyed by the rich. The rest of the people only ate meat on special occasions. Abstinence from meat meant everyone had to eat like the poor.
I presented recently at a Diocesan meeting of youth ministers. I was given the topic, “How to Stay Spiritually Healthy in Ministry.” The first thing I thought of was how to stay physically healthy: diet and exercise, avoid junk, get good sleep, and friends who support and encourage you. So I came up with five parallel habits for spiritual health: …
Abraham believes God even though he cannot see the stars. The disciples believe in Jesus’ glory on the streets and on the cross. We listen to Jesus when we allow God’s love to shine through us. When was you were mistaken for Jesus?” [AUDIO]
Jesus journeys from a mountain-top experience of God through the desert of temptation into the Promised Land. How does He survive? He never stops listening to God. Fill your heart with the Word of God. Keep listening to God’s Word. [AUDIO]
We sacrifice because Jesus sacrificed his life for us. Lent is about realizing that the Devil has been distracting me from my relationship with God. Reach through the fears and distractions and reach for God. He’s already reaching for you. [AUDIO]
Isaiah, Paul and Peter encounter God’s mercy and then bring it to others. The Year of Mercy instituted by Pope Francis is about both receiving mercy and offering mercy. How is God calling you to be a missionary of mercy? [AUDIO/VIDEO]