Joy in service

“If we wish to serve God and love our neighbor well, we must manifest our joy in the service we render to Him and them. Let us open wide our hearts. It is joy which invites us. Press forward and fear nothing.” -St. Katherine Drexel

One of the security guards outside of JP Morgan, makes a real effort to greet me with a smile as I walk by on the street. "Father, keep the faith now! Have a good day, Father! God bless you, Father!" Simple comments made with a big smile and I honestly look forward to it!

 

 


God's Unpredicatability

"God must be allowed the right to speak unpredicatably." -- Thomas Merton

A quick thought: don't pack your schedule too tight; leave a little buffer to allow God to surprise and challenge you.

This happened to my brother, Mathew, last week when we walked into a surprise party. There he was granted a honorary citizenship of Poland (after a rigorous exam including the identification of Polish trivia while blindfolded and having to make pierogis)!!!

A real testimony to all the good he has done over the last 10 years working in Krakow.

 

 


Marriage tip: Be humble!

“Humility is the safeguard of chastity. In the matter of purity, there is no greater danger than not fearing the danger. For my part, when I find a man secure of himself and without fear, I give him up for lost. I am less alarmed for one who is tempted and who resists by avoiding the occasions, than for one who is not tempted and is not careful to avoid occasions. When a person puts himself in an occasion, saying, I shall not fall, it is an almost infallible sign that he will fall, and with great injury to his soul.” -- Saint Philip Neri

When you notice yourself looking up old high school or college lovers on Facebook, when your eyes start to wander the room at social events, when you allow negativity towards your spouse to penetrate and dominate your brain waves, when you start having a coffee or meal with a guy or girl "friend" on a regular basis…affairs do not just "happen." It takes real effort, real love, and especially real prayer on both sides for a marriage to endure and grow in holiness. The devil is always working and if you rely too much on yourself and not enough on Christ, it is generally a question of time. It took "3" to get married, and it definitely takes "3" to stay married…allow our Blessed Mother and Christ to help you! Be humble!!

 

 


Stop the music!

I hope I don’t shock too many of you with this confession – but when driving in the car I sometimes (not often) listen to “Lite Rock” music. Yes, I’m talking about that blah version of Elton John, Eagles, Doobie Brothers and Crosby, Stills and whoever.

This unfortunate practice happens when I’m in a mood for classical music and the classical station is talking about music instead of playing it, which happens far too often. Read the rest of this entry »


Don’t forget to say thanks

God provides us with 365.25 days per year. We set aside just one of those days to say thanks.

I know that many of you recognize the importance of prayers of thanksgiving and utter them often. But many Americans do not – even on the official Thanksgiving Day.

This goes along with the widespread believe that God didn’t create us but our ancestors created themselves from some primordial ooze. Of course, our ancestors were less self-assured and thought God helped. Read the rest of this entry »


Joel's Crucifix

Joel cooks in White Plains, NY, and proudly wears the crucifix which his father had worn for 40 yrs. It isn't a lucky charm but a reminder to strive to do everything out of love and with love. Joel is a happy man (and makes a mean chicken salad!)


Look at the faces on the street

“Do not look at the faces in the illustrated papers. Look at the faces in the street.” G.K. Chesterton

Coming out of a dinner in NYC the other day, I noticed a homeless man on the street…so I stopped and asked him if he wanted a blessing. He bowed his head and said, "Yes, I would like a blessing." So after the blessing, he had a big smile on his face and said, "I really needed that blessing…thank you, Reverend!" You can often discover the face of Christ where you least expect it!

 

 


Know when to say "No"!

“Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.” G.K. Chesterton

Nothing wrong with a glass of wine or two…but when it needs to be "every night" after work, or it consistently goes beyond a glass, you need to call yourself or your spouse out. This can cause so much damage in spousal relationships and it has such a detrimental impact on kids…know when to say "No"!

 

 


Liberia Update -- November 12

Another week has come and gone here in West Africa. As remnants of the rainy season disappear, the heat and humidity seem to be climbing rapidly. Of course, this means there are now more insects, more scorpions, more snakes and more difficult working conditions. Despite those challenges, we are more determined than ever to contain the virus, provide good care and convey to our patients the depth of our commitment. Read the rest of this entry »


Wedding Dresses

"Just thread the needle, it is God who does everything." -- Blessed Mary of Jesus

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I had the privilege of witnessing the marriage of Theresa and Ricky two weeks ago. For their honeymoon they traveled to Rome. After the Wednesday Audience they patiently waited in their spot but thought they were too far back to be able to greet the Pope. To their delight, he saw them and stretched out his hand to congratulate them.

Jesus will reward your patience too.

God bless you!

 

 



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