Be ready...

“You must use every care to clothe yourselves in God’s armour so that you may be ready to withstand the enemy’s ambush.” -- St. Albert Avogadro.

There is not much the devil can do against a well-armored Catholic. A strong and consistent Eucharistic life, regular Confession, a deep devotion to Our Blessed Mother, monthly spiritual direction, assiduous contact with the Word of God, docility to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit…not much the devil can do against all of that armored protection!

 

 


Oceans of Mercy

There is something about the ocean that makes you want to simply sit still a while and simply gaze out upon it. After a little bit of fun playing in the waves or lying in the sun, a day at the beach ends with simply sitting on the beach staring out into the ocean, or perhaps walking along the beach in silence with a good friend.

Paging through the Divine Mercy diary of Saint Faustina one phrase that is repeated over and over throughout is “ocean of mercy”. It doesn’t surprise me at all. It seems to me that Jesus’ unending and infinite love for us is best captured only by the immensity of the ocean. I had this truth confirmed for me beautifully this past week. Read the rest of this entry »


Totally

I love ice cream. As a child, I always wanted one of those soft-serve machines that I saw at the local co-ops and town halls near our dairy farm in Minnesota. They never ran out: an infinite flow of frozen goodness! It was the jar of the widow of Zarephath’s to my childish mind. (1 Kings 17) But one day, every child must learn that you can’t keep dishing out goodness without replenishing it. Sooner or later the well runs dry, that is, most wells. Read the rest of this entry »


A willing captive

I spent last week among the brothers in black.

They structured my days. They scheduled my meals. They shamed into a more regular practice of my prayer life than might normally occur.

Although serious in their approach to life, they exhibited consistent joy and a bit of humor in their behavior and language. I was impressed. Read the rest of this entry »


Thank you, dear shepherd

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. – Matthew 25.21

Francis Cardinal George died today. He was my friend.

Oh, it isn’t like were first-name buddies. In fact, I had spoken to him only a handful of times. But it was enough that he recalled who I was and offered his warm greeting. Read the rest of this entry »


Auschwitz Pardon

"Every aversion, every anger and resentment which we tolerate in our hearts, blocks the door to the Lord." -- Edith Stein

Edith Stein was a German philosopher of Jewish descendent. Before the war she become Catholic and become a Carmelite nun. However, she was deported to Auschwitz and died there. With that in mind I'm amazed at her words quoted above. Read the rest of this entry »


Unfurl the sails!

“Unfurl the sails, and let God steer us where He will.” – St. Bede

I recently received this text message from a business leader, shortly after we discussed the need to try to bring our friends back to the Sacraments. "Fr. Michael, I had a nice talk with my neighbor at the office, who is Catholic, about going to Confession. He hadn't been in 15 years and I think I just convinced him to go…" I encourage all of you to unfurl the sails and let Christ act in your life as well!

 

 


The gastronomic cost of civilization

Mother Jones recently published an article about new evidence of racism and the decline of Western Civilization – the evil imposition of three square meals a day.

I won’t go through the entire convoluted argument here, but the idea is that humans were meant to eat when hungry, not regimented to eat at standard times. And the foisting of this structured approach to eating was a racist act by Europeans against the American Indians. Read the rest of this entry »


The furnace of God's mercy

”There is no misery that could be a match for My mercy, neither will misery exhaust it, because as it is being granted-it increases. The soul that trusts in My mercy is most fortunate, because I myself take care of it.” -- St. Faustina

It should be encouraging for us to think that some of the worst sinners are now considered the greatest saints in heaven. The Good Thief, St. Mary Magdelene (prostitute), St. Augustine (life of intense promiscuity), and so many others! Shake off your past! Go to Confession and let it burn in the furnace of God's mercy, and begin anew! Encourage your family members and friends that may have strayed from the Church to come back and allow themselves to be washed clean in this Sacrament of God's love! Christ wants all of us to finish strong and join him in heaven for all eternity!

 

 


Angels of Harlem

"Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal." -- Bl. Mother Teresa

Holy Saturday in Harlem.

As we pulled into the Children's Aid Society, I started humming U2's Angel of Harlem. In fact, our missionaries were about to participate in the "Angel for a day" program.

The activity consisted of our teenagers being "buddied-up" with youngsters from the local area who gather at the Society after school and on the weekends. They are able to play in a safe environment and so avoid the dangers of the street.

Well, the Saturday sun shone brightly as we played, danced and snacked and had the chance to be angels for these underprivileged children. The smiles were contagious and were the best preparation for that night's Easter Vigil when we would light our candles from the great Paschal Candle reminding us that no darkness can smother the light of a single candle.

Now, back home, all of us will continue being angels by bringing smiles to all those we encounter.

 

 



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