Bah, humbug, boo Halloween

Halloween is my least favorite time of year.

OK, when I was a kid I enjoyed roaming about the neighborhood and amassing a shopping bag of candy. And when my own kids were little I enjoyed escorting them on their candy-collection expeditions.

But with a just a week to go before this annual event, my neighborhood is decorated with ghosts hanging from trees, bones sticking out of graves in front yards, headless forms hanging from basketball hoops, giant spiders crawling over rooftops and lines of tombstones along driveways. Read the rest of this entry »


The Power of the Eucharist

"If I am distracted, Holy Communion helps me to become recollected. If opportunities are offered by each day to offend my God, I arm myself anew each day for the combat by the reception of the Eucharist."  -- St. Thomas More

With the daily reception or visit of Christ in the Eucharist, so many fears, problems, anxieties, and internal struggles can be overcome! Christ is there waiting in the tabernacle in every Catholic Church, but he will not force anyone through the door. You simply need to make it a priority.

 

 


An Update on Our Lady of America

On this feast day of St. John Paul II, who was devoted to Our Lady, I humbly request his prayers regarding the subject of this blog.

In August of 2012, I wrote a blog about the modern day Marian apparition, Our Lady of America. (Click here to read that blog.) Two years later, in this month dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary, I think it’s a good time to write an update.

While perusing the Internet recently, I found this statement concerning a legal decision about copyright burdens being lifted that may help bring about fulfillment of the request attributed by Our Lady:

“The United States Catholic Bishops should soon be able to plan that solemn procession and placement into the Basilica of the National Shrine of The Immaculate Conception at Washington, D.C. of the statue of Our Lady of America.” Read the rest of this entry »


Life the Holy Land: A Pilgrim Journey

Life in the Holy Land is a constant reminder to me that I am a pilgrim…marveling and learning along the way, but not yet having arrived to the final destination. As pilgrims, along the way we experience a multitude of blessings and a few too many challenges from our viewpoint.

At least the present challenges are only opportunities to grow in humility and other blessed virtues…or they simply lend themselves to laughter. The greatest adventures of the past 3 weeks have been learning how to live in a land that does not always speak or write your language. I have bought mystery meat, told strangers good morning when it was nighttime, finagled my way out of a situation with a bad-humored policeman (I think he knew no English and gave up trying to understand me), managed to buy a washing machine in Hebrew, been tricked by a gas station attendant who took advantage of a “rich American”, and I gave a tour of ancient ruins using my newly learned Hebrew vocabulary. Ok, it was a 3 word tour (synagogue, market, and house…in Hebrew of course) with lots of hand gestures. Read the rest of this entry »


Arthritic Hands

“Understand this – there is something holy, something divine, hidden in the most ordinary situations, and it is up to each one of you to discover it.” – St. Escriva

My grandmother’s arthritic hands were so swollen and bent that it was difficult for her even to turn on the water faucet. “However,” she said, “I don’t need my hands to pray.” And pray she did – every day all 15 decades of the rosary and the divine chaplet! I believe her prayer became the key for her to unlock the divine in the ordinary.

 

 


Pharisaical behavior

"My daughter, I see more Pharisees among Christians than there were around Pilate."-- St. Margaret of Cortona

It is easy to consider yourself a "practicing Catholic" by the mere fact of going to Mass every Sunday, but it needs to show in your daily life. There is a risk of looking down on others and feeling superior as a result, without living hard fought virtue that should be the fruit of receiving Christ in your heart.

 

 


Glass Beaches

"The time has come to turn to God and reassert our trust in Him for the healing of America - our country is in need of and ready for a spiritual renewal." - Ronald Reagan

We all desire the spiritual revival of our world, but we get depressed when we look at ourselves in the mirror and see all our defects and sins? How could I possibly change the world when I'm such a mess? Read the rest of this entry »


Rome in September

The tomb of JPII

I had the great privilege of visiting the eternal city last month. Having always dreamed of going to see the Vatican, the “heart” of our Church, my first trip was a bit different than I had envisioned since it was for business, not pleasure.

The Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi brings to Rome its communicators from around the world for an annual planning meeting. Usually Jim Fair, Director of Communications for North America, attends from our side of the world. But this year, he brought me (his “staff”) too! Read the rest of this entry »


The Blues

"If Sadness comes knocking at your door, tell him that you've already made a commitment to Joy to whom you plan on being faithful your whole life long." - Pope Francis

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, our feelings and moods go up and down and we can't always control them. But deep down we can be joyful and at peace knowing that God our Father loves us and that we are trying to follow his plan as best we can.

And if today you are feeling a little blue, ask God to send you someone who needs some cheering up.

 

 


Women on the run

Katie (left) and Valerie

Valerie Fifelski and Katie Tuttle are heroines. I know it is true because I looked up “heroine” in the online dictionary and it said: woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for her brave deeds and noble qualities.

Katie and Valerie do several things I admire. They are consecrated women of Regnum Christi. They run the Immaculate Conception Program for high-school girls who are considering a vocation to consecrated life. They are joyful people with an abundance of faith and humor.

And they run to promote vocations, which is what caused me to write these lines.

Yesterday, they ran the Chicago Marathon, in highly respectable times, and managed to look full of joy after 26.2 miles. They are a great example for the rest of us. Not everyone can run a marathon, but we can all do the joy part.

 

 



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