“God calls man first. Man may forget his Creator or hide far from his face; he may run after idols or accuse the deity of having abandoned him; yet the living and true God tirelessly calls each person to that mysterious encounter knowns as prayer. In prayer… God’s initiative of love always comes first; our own first step is always …
It’s hard to stay rooted in Christ when he doesn’t seem to be listening. The truth is, we are the ones who are not listening. God is with you here in Church; God will be with you the rest of the week. But will you be with him? (30 Aug 2015)
God has been providing for his people but we have been missing the signs. God satisfies all the hungers of the human heart through Jesus Christ. Prayer helps us to seek God and put Him first, because nothing else satisfies. (3 Aug 2015)
Vigilate! Watch for unsavory characters. Keep our Advent focused on what matters. Watch for the Master, who is present and blessing us daily. Try Grace Before Meals this Advent season, and you will begin to see God’s blessings. (30 Nov 2014)
The Temple is a place of encounter where God meets his people. They sacrifice and he blesses them. Church is also a place of encounter. So is your heart. Cast the clutter out of your heart to make room for God. (9 Nov 2014)
God is not comfortable being at a distance; He wants to tell you who you are and how to be happy. Through prayer Ignatius of Loyola discovered his path. I challenge you to 5 minutes of prayer morning and evening. (5 Oct 2014)
In 2004 I had the privilege of studying Italian while living in Assisi. The town has been unmistakably marked by its most famous son, St. Francis. Most people only know that St. Francis loved the animals. He’s often seen as an environmentalist or some kind of medieval hippie. I was intrigued by the legend of the man and wanted to …
Marriages often fail when a couple is not prepared for the depth of communication and partnership that is required. But I do the same thing to God. I have often expected that God would support me in living “my” life and otherwise stay out of the way. Just like marriage, so we have to be willing to put God first and work on good communication. Most things are too big for me to handle, but there’s nothing “we” can’t handle.
Why do Catholics today look sad, timid, shy, and fearful? They haven’t met the risen Jesus! The Gospel shows us five places we can look for God: In the world He created, In good friends, In Scripture, In the Sacraments, and in the depths of our heart. Start living life in a contemplative way. This means we begin to realize that we are always in the presence of God. Look and Listen, and the risen Jesus will meet you.
Lent is the way that Catholics prepare for the celebration of the Triduum (which means “three days”). The Triduum is the triple feast of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. These feasts commemorate the climax of the life of Jesus. Holy Thursday remembers the His famous last supper with his closest disciples, while Good Friday commemorates his arrest, trial, …