“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 …
Holy Trinity – The One God, Lord of the whole Universe, is also our God, a community of persons. Baptism invites us into God’s community of love. Live your life, and every moment, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Good Friday – Jesus is God’s perfect gift to us, and man’s perfect offering to God. He invites us to receive His gift, and to join in this perfect gift. How do you respond?
Who wants to suffer, sacrifice, and die? But who wants to have abundant life? You duped us, Lord! It is only when we lay down our lives as a sacrifice that we discover abundant life. The key to abundant life is shaped like a cross. [AUDIO]
Yesterday 5 men laid down their lives and were ordained priests. Getting stuff and holding on to it doesn’t really make us happy. Jesus teaches us that you are a gift that was made to be given away. Our King is not outdone in generosity. [AUDIO]
Lent is about giving something up. But we can do more. When we offer it up we are saying, “I’m doing this for You, God. I love you more than sweets.” Our sacrifice can be a gift of love to the God who loves us. [AUDIO]
Feat. Deacon Michael: God wants to give us life, not destroy us. The Church is like a mother pelican that feeds us from the pierced side of Christ. God sacrifices himself to give us life. (5 June 2016)
If you want to enter Jesus’ Kingdom, you must lay down your life before Him. The legend of the thorn bird reminds us that Jesus is singing his greatest song on the cross. Will you take time to stop and listen? Make this week a Holy Week. [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.
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]
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