We are all responsible for creating a holy family. Today St. Joseph teaches us three keys to fatherhood: obedience, self-sacrifice, and giving your children back to God. If you follow Joesph’s example, your family will be holy too. [AUDIO]
Today we are reminded that God is a good father. When we get too focused on immediate needs, we lose sight of God’s presence in our lives. Keep your eyes on your Father and the other stuff will fall into place. [AUDIO]
“Son, I love you, and I’m proud of you.” We need to hear these words. We need to say these words. Jesus is the Light of the World. He wakes us up to our true potential by placing His light within us. Are you shining? [AUDIO]
My brother Omar killed my brothers and sisters in the Pulse nightclub. More than laws, we need a change of heart. Jesus offers us a blood transfusion. With the blood of Jesus in your veins you too can respond to evil with the Works of Mercy. [AUDIO]
5 Days, 13 walkers, 58 miles — another successful walking pilgrimage! We found that forming community was hard work. Only the Holy Trinity forms community easily because God is not afraid to give. The family images the Trinity, and so does the parish. These lead us to realize that we are welcomed into the Heavenly family of God himself. Do not be afraid to give; the Father gives so much more in return.
Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the Temple because He was Mary’s first-born Son. At the same time, God is showing His Son to some of God’s friends: Simeon and Anna are people of prayer and they are some of God’s friends. God also uses Simeon to talk to Mary and Joseph about who Jesus will be, and how she will have to suffer. Mary, however, would say that all the suffering was worth it!
Not every person is called to marriage, but every person is called to family, because God is ultimately the Father and Mother of each one of us. While God is the source of our life, He wants each one of us to have a human father and a human mother, just as God wanted His own Son Jesus to have a human father (Joseph) and a human mother (Mary). It is important for husband and wife to remain united because, when they are strongly united, they make a good shelter for their children.
After abandoning his father and exhausting his inheritance, the prodigal son discovers his greatest possession: the love of his Father. The older son has been like a faithful Catholic, sitting the in pew, following the rules, but somehow never discovering his Father’s love. If we want to bring people back, we must share with them the Good News of God’s love. But first we must come to discover it for ourselves.
King David uses his power to take advantage of other. Jesus uses his power to protect and dignify others. Men need to imitate Jesus and not King David. Serving others is what Fatherhood is all about. It’s time we started acting like our heavenly father.
Today, April 2nd, is the 8th anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II. I was a student in Rome at the time, and I came down to St. Peter’s square for the prayer vigil when he died. It was a Saturday night, and there was a huge crowd. In the several days before his death, there had been …