God wants his people to be set apart by their unconditional love for others. We cannot choose how others will treat us, but we can choose how we respond. And we can respond with love when we know how much God loves us. [AUDIO]
Will many be saved? Golf is simple but it isn’t easy. Similarly we are all called to a life of self-giving love. It is simple but it requires discipline and practice. We can do it with God’s help as long as we strive to enter in. (21 Aug 2016)
Hannah shows us that children are a gift. Jesus teaches that all are meant to give. A family must learn the Law of the Gift: Man cannot find himself except in a sincere gift of self. May your family be a holy family. [AUDIO]
God was speaking to the people, but only Samuel was willing to listen and respond. The Gospel shows us how a disciple of Jesus should respond: Remain with the Teacher and Bring others to Him. ”Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.” (18 Jan 2014)
Who has the better Personal Conduct Policy: the NFL or Jesus? Obviously Jesus, who holds us to a higher standard: Love Go, and Love your Neighbor. There’s plenty of detail in the 10 Commandments to explain what he means. Jesus will be the final judge, but meanwhile he asks us to hold each other accountable. Let’s encourage our brothers and sisters to play to the best of their ability.
Jesus tells the parable about the seed planted in the field. We have all heard the Gospel, we have all had the seed of the Word planted in our hearts, but we need to cooperate with God in helping that seed grow and bear fruit. In order for the seeds to grow, the soil needs to be tilled up, and suffering is what tills the soil of the soul. Also, there are weeds that need to be pulled, or they will crowd out the good work that God wants to do. Our sins and bad habits are the weeds that need to be pulled up.
The Solemnity of All Saints celebrates the dead who are in Heaven with God. We were made for God and we only find our true purpose when we become like God. The saints are praying and rooting for us to find God and become happy and holy. Now I will share with you the secret to being a saint…
The election of Pope Francis shows us that the Church is still alive and full of surprises! Perhaps the biggest surprise is this: the Church seriously believes that you can be holy. No matter where you have been or what you have done, every Christian is called to be a saint by God’s grace and mercy. Will you accept your call?
Ordinary Time, 3rd Sunday. The Israelites return to Jerusalem to rebuild their walls and rediscover their identity. They had lost their identity because they wanted to be like all the other nations. God intended them to be different; He wanted them to show the world that there was one true God. Today, Jesus stands up in the Synagogue to proclaim that He knows the way to happiness because He is the way. Those who follow Him are gathered into the Church. Catholics are supposed to be different; God calls us to a higher standard. Our lives need to show that we live differently because we have found a better way, and we can show them the way, because His name is Jesus. (27 Jan 2013)
These children dressed up as saints for Halloween. The older girl is Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, her younger sister is the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the baby is Mother Teresa. When I come across something like this, I am amazed at how faith makes our world so much bigger, and so much smaller at the same time. Faith reaches out across …