When You Feel Inadequate, Do This | BP#844

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Ordinary Time, 25th Sunday (B) In what way is Jesus like a child? I submit to you that Jesus is totally dependent on his Heavenly Father. How do you respond when you feel inadequate? Accept the fact that you are totally dependent on your Heavenly Father. Do your best, and God will do the rest.

(23 Sep 2018)

Going Deeper: We often refuse to acknowledge feelings of inadequacy. Instead we deflect, make excuses, blame others, or distract ourselves. Notice your behavior next time. Sometimes we have to start by noticing others’ behavior before we can be honest about ours.

In Memory of Baby Job


Plugged in to the Power of God | BP#843

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Ordinary Time, 23rd Sunday ( B) We need to get away from the crowd, experience Jesus’ love, and be opened to speaking His love to others. I suggest two ways to “Be Opened”: 1) Make a good Confession 2) Take time for daily prayer. You can only bring love and healing to others if you are plugged in to the power of God.

(9 Sep 2018)

Going Deeper: Do you have a set prayer space and a consistent prayer time? If not, start planning a “prayer corner” in your home. Send me a picture of it.


Half-Hearted Lovers | BP#842

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Ordinary Time, 21st Sunday (B) God created Adam and Eve with equal dignity. Sin destroyed that equality and caused men to tend to dominate women. Jesus shows that true manhood is laying down your life for others. Christ loves us whole-heartedly. He gives His body and blood so that we can become one flesh with Him. Are you content with your half-hearted love for Jesus?

(26 Aug 2018)

Going Deeper: Next time you’re at Mass, sing the Holy, Holy, Holy and the Lamb of God with your whole heart. Let me know what happens.

Food for the Journey Through Evil Days | BP#841

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Ordinary Time, 20th Sunday (B) Bishop Ricken has us read a letter responding to recent scandals in the American Catholic Church. Then I share my own thoughts: This is our problem, and it happens here. Our job is to listen so victims feel loved and cared for. Abusers in many cases had once been victims of abuse. They need to be held accountable for their choices, as do all priests and Bishops. We all need to come to Jesus for love and mercy. We must feed on Him so we can journey through evil days.

(19 Aug 2018)

Going Deeper: The Catholic Church teaches that the effectiveness of the Sacraments does not depend on the holiness of the minister. You don’t get better Eucharist from a holy priest than from a sinful one. What does this say about Jesus’ love for us? (see CCC Paragraph 1127-1128).


The Assumption and Pedal Power | BP#840

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Assumption of Mary • The Assumption of Mary teaches us three things: 1) Life is a journey 2) It has ups and downs 3) We don’t have to do it alone. Keep peddling!

(15 Aug 2018)

Going Deeper: Do you see your life as a journey? How do the struggles in life look different when you see them as hills to be climbed?

Big thanks to Mr. Smits and our 2018 Youth Bike Ride participants! | Photo Credit

Seeing the World with Eucharistic Eyes | BP#839

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Ordinary Time, 19th Sunday (B) A good artist creates art that is beautiful but also meaningful. God is the greatest artist, and his art contains the greatest meaning. The gift of the Eucharist nourishes us spiritually. But it also teaches us to “see” God’s love hidden in the world around us. The only life not worth living is the life you live for yourself. When we see with Eucharistic eyes, we can become the Eucharistic people God made us to be.

(12 Aug 2018)

Going Deeper: When have you seen God’s extraordinary love hidden in something seemingly ordinary? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Thanks to our mission partners Joan and Ron!



Well-Fed Slaves | BP#838

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Ordinary Time, 18th Sunday (B) We become slaves to fear, pleasure, and expectations. Going to a Steubenville youth conference helps me appreciate the freedom of faithful young people. I walked with a couple through a difficult pregnancy that turned out to be a tremendous blessing. The solution to slavery is faithful obedience to God. He helps us walk away from our pleasures and expectations and through our fears into true life.

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Peace is not the absence of troubles; Peace is the presence of God

Peace Is Closer Than You Think | BP#837

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Ordinary Time, 16th Sunday (B) Often on vacation we find that the restlessness has traveled with us. Where can we go to find true peace? Jesus is with us always and He wants to give us peace. You can always take a moment to be present to the God who is present to you. Don’t wait until you go on vacation to look for peace. Move towards the middle of the wheel. Let’s start right now. (22 Jul 2018)

Going Deeper: For the first 60 seconds of your morning just be still… Breathe deeply, intentionally. Pay attention to what’s around you, consider the ordinary things in the space around you that are in fact extraordinary; sunlight, the smell of coffee, sounds of birds, morning traffic outside the window, the fabric of the armchair you’re sitting in. You get to experience it all. You exist because of the Father’s love. Rest in that free, unearned gift of being and being loved for just a minute. ~from MenRiseUP.org

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A Marriage “in the Church” not in a Church?

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“Father, can you officiate my backyard wedding?” I get these calls several times a year. “No, I’m not allowed to celebrate a wedding outside a Catholic Church,” I explain. One US Diocese is temporarily permitting priests to celebrate outdoor weddings. It’s a one year experiment in meeting people where they are at (in the backyard, apparently). I understand the importance of meeting people where they are at. But I don’t think this is the right way to do it. Even if my Diocese followed suite, I would decline to celebrate outdoor weddings. Let me explain why.

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Your Seat in the Symphony | BP#836

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Ordinary Time, 15th Sunday (B) Can you really “be anything you want to be?” If we take this too far, we find our puny will opposed by every other person, and the whole universe. Our human nature places limits upon us. You can be a janitor, but you can’t be a lightbulb. Trying to be what you weren’t made for leads to anxiety, anger, resentment, depression, even suicide.

There is another answer. You have a creator who has created, blessed, destined, and chosen you. God has made space in the universe for your tiny will. You have a reserved seat at the symphony; you have a roll just for you. Learn to listen to the Conductor and to play your roll well. Instead of screaming at others, “I’m significant”, start telling them, “You are a gift.”

(15 Jul 2018)

Going Deeper: Tomorrow, set out to treat every person you meet as, “Called, blessed, destined, and chosen.” How can your words and actions tell the people around you: “You are significant, You are a gift”?

Thanks to Bishop Barron and Bill Watterson