Did you ever make plans, only to have God throw you a curveball? Saint Joseph knows how you feel. I can count at least four ways his life was interrupted by curveballs from God, starting with his wife inexplicably becoming pregnant. Saint Joseph always embraced the burdens and never complained about them. In doing so, the burdens became blessings, both …
Presentation of the Lord (February 2) – I have been filling my Gratitude Jar every week. It makes me see more things to be grateful for. God’s light is always shining even with things on dark. Focus on God’s light and you will be filled with light.
January 1 – Mary had the most deep personal relationship with God that we can imagine. She wants to help make our hearts, and homes, like hers. This year write down a weekly blessing and store it in a quart jar. Ponder God’s gifts in your heart.
Ordinary 22 – Are we protecting and serving ourselves, or are we protecting and serving others? That is the question for police and priests, but also for doctors, lawyers, mothers and fathers — you and me. Humble yourself and God will exalt you.
All the things we are thankful for point to the loving care of God for His children. “Thank God in advance,” said Solanus Casey. St. Therese of Lisieux would thank God even for her faults and failings. Do you give thanks in all things? [AUDIO]
Does it really matter if you live 1 year or 51 or 101, as long as you get to heaven? God is not cheating us when he is generous. You can only be a looser if you say “No.” God will always pay better than you deserve. [AUDIO]
Avoid the anxieties and tribulations of the season: Look back with Gratitude. Look forward to more blessings by praying a decade of the Rosary every day as a family. Let us wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior each day of Advent. [AUDIO]
It’s easy to forget how blessed we are. Thanksgiving reminds us of the proper attitude, even in the midst of suffering. In all things give thanks. Let’s make the “holiday season” be a Season of Thanksgiving. (26 Nov 2015)