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Thanks mom!

"Compassion begins at home, and it is not how much we do but how much love we put in that action. Do not think that love has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired." -- Blessed Mother Teresa

In spite of the migraine headaches, the frequent pneumonia and bad colds, a full time teaching job and 4 kids at home (my sister being in a wheel chair)…my mom did not get frustrated or give up. She gave 100% of herself, making flower arrangements/dinners and even paintings for the sick and suffering, bringing constant joy to my siblings and dad with her good sense of humor and great cooking, and above all her warm smile of love that came from daily Mass, regular Confession and a deep love for our Blessed Mother. Thanks mom!!

 

 


I Dare You

It was perfect: a beautiful green hardcover journal decorated with paisleys. To top it off, right in the center, written in beautiful script, was the word “Delight.” Having an artistic bent means details like that are important, but sometimes they also pose a problem. What would I use the journal for? It couldn’t just be something ordinary because it wasn’t just an ordinary journal.

That’s when I read the second part of the script: Psalm 34:7 ‘Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.’ I had found my answer. Read the rest of this entry »


Only a statue?

Ernie Banks died Friday night. For those of you not immersed in Chicago culture and who may not know of Ernie, he was Chicago’s most famous sports hero before Michael Jordan.

He played baseball for the Chicago Cubs (please note these good words are being written by a White Sox fan). He was a league MVP. He was an all-star. He hit more than 500 home runs and fielded flawlessly.

He was upbeat, positive and loved the game he played so well. There wasn’t an ounce of pretense in the man and he always had time to sign an autograph for a fan. Nobody didn’t like Ernie, even those of us on the other side of town. Read the rest of this entry »


What really matters

"When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude."  -- G.K. Chesterton

During one of our mission trips to Mexico, our bus load of boys and dads stopped by a roadside house to use their two outhouses in the field. They used newspaper for toilet paper, their "house" was a shack with a dirt floor and flimsy cots as beds, and corn tortillas seemed to be the staple dish. But the three Mexican girls and their mom and dad had bright smiles on their faces and a deep peace in their hearts. They told me that they went to Mass every Sunday, prayed and truly valued their time together as a family. Faith and family are such huge gifts and I encourage all of the parents out there to make this the priority as well.

 

 


Mission

Next time you think that God would never choose you for a mission, just remember:

 

Noah was a drunk

Abraham was too old

Isaac was a daydreamer

Jacob was a liar

Leah was ugly

Joseph was abused

Moses had a stuttering problem

Gideon was afraid

Samson had long hair and was a womanizer

Rahab was a prostitute

David had an affair and was a murderer

Elijah was suicidal

Isaiah preached naked

Jonah ran from God

Naomi was a widow

Job went bankrupt

Peter denied Christ

The Disciples fell asleep while praying

Martha worried about everything

The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once

Zaccheus was too small

Paul was too religious

Timothy had an ulcer..

AND Lazarus was dead!


Through the darkness to the light

"It is only through shadows that one comes to know the light."  -- St. Catherine of Sienna

Back in 1988, during my year studying Classical Humanities in Spain, myself and a few seminarians ran 10 miles to this tunnel through the mountains (Tunel del engana). It was a tough trek to get there and the murky, muddy dark path in the tunnel was a little spooky without any lights, but we eventually emerged on the other side to see an incredible panorama of green valleys, windy rivers and a bright blue sky…a symbol of the reality of the spiritual life. Trust in God's plan, especially when he allows you to enter into a brief period of darkness!

 

 


I am not a rabbit

Pope Francis got lots of attention by suggesting that Catholics shouldn’t breed like rabbits. Makes for a great headline, huh?

But the reality of the comment was a bit more complicated. The media immediately assumed that he was saying that Catholics shouldn’t have lots and lots of children; everyone knows rabbits are amazingly prolific. Read the rest of this entry »


Predictions regarding the March for Life

Since 1973, pro-life patriots have gathered in our nation’s capital to proclaim the dignity of human life.

In recent years, small marches have sprung up in cities around the country.

It is easy, in light of past experience, to predict how the march will go: Read the rest of this entry »


Gossip can also kill...

"Gossip can also kill, because it kills the reputation of the person! It is so terrible to gossip! At first it may seem like a nice thing, even amusing, like enjoying a candy. But in the end, it fills the heart with bitterness, and even poisons us." (Pope Francis, Angelus, Feb. 16, 2014).

Before you say, spread or post a "lie", try to separate yourself from the angry or jealous feelings that you may feel towards that particular person, and reflect on the damage that will be done. Even "stretching" the truth in a negative light can have extremely hurtful consequences…humility and magnanimity are a big part of being Christian. In the end, you are also hurting yourself as well…

 

 


Litmus of Conversion

"Conversion is sincere when it reaches your pocket." -- Pope Francis

Why did Jesus talk more about money than heaven and hell combined? Because money is the number one obstacle to our relationship with God. Money is not evil in itself, but it can so easily becomes a god for us. Pray today that you use your money in a way guided by the Spirit. Call on Him before you call your broker!!

 

 



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