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I Do Not Fear The Lord

January 16, AD2018 0 Comments
I Do Not Fear The Lord

Fear of the Lord is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and it is mentioned many times in Holy Scripture, in both the Old and the New Testaments. Harry Does Not Fear My friend Harry, a decorated veteran, devoted husband and father, grandfather, and currently late-in-life learner about his faith, told me recently […]

A Hopelessly Inbound Ballistic Missile

January 16, AD2018 0 Comments
A Hopelessly Inbound Ballistic Missile

BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII.  SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. It was Saturday morning, January 13, 2018, at 8:07 A.M. in Hawaii Standard Time (HST) when I received that text message. Hopeless Thoughts There are no emergency shelters for a nuclear bomb on the Big Island of Hawaii. Besides, I reasoned, […]

On Selling Jesus

January 15, AD2018 0 Comments
On Selling Jesus

A Tale of Two Christmases One of the defining moments for me on my journey to the Catholic Church was over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day two years ago. We attended the Christmas Eve service at our Protestant, Baptist church. It was a beautiful service, filled with amazing music and a festive feel. The following […]

The Story of the Rich Young Man: Is There Hope For Us?

January 15, AD2018 0 Comments
The Story of the Rich Young Man: Is There Hope For Us?

In Mark 10: 17 – 27, a disappointed rich young man walked away from Jesus when He told him what was needed to become perfect.  Strangely enough, I have always been attracted by this passage. My focus, however, is not the obvious message. Instead, I look at what may be the more powerful underlying message of […]

The Scriptural Seeds of the Papacy

January 14, AD2018 6 Comments
The Scriptural Seeds of the Papacy

Although the seeds of the papacy are scriptural, it takes a little digging to expose them. There is nothing more distinctly Catholic than the papacy. While just about every other Catholic belief can be found in at least some other Christian denominations, our beliefs about the papacy are unique. Nobody else believes that the bishop […]

Discovering Real Life in Christ as a Religious

January 14, AD2018 0 Comments
Discovering Real Life in Christ as a Religious

“I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 In the midst of Jesus’ discourse on the sheep, the gate, and the shepherd, we find these illustrious words. As the Good Shepherd, he offers life: real life, abundant life to his sheep. His sheep hear his voice and follow him. […]

The Scandal of Forgiveness in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

January 13, AD2018 0 Comments
The Scandal of Forgiveness in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

To be a little simplistic, Martin McDonagh’s films tend to be preoccupied with cycles of violence, in which parties retaliate against each other for the hurts they suffer, drawing others into this cycle until somebody tries to end it by accepting the hurt done to him, or, indeed, turning that violence upon himself. In Bruges […]

Path of Renewal

January 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Path of Renewal

According to a reading from the second letter of St. Peter, “We await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. … Therefore, … be eager to be found without spot or blemish before Him, at peace” [2 Peter 3:13-14]. In this time of waiting, let us consider ways of renewing our commitment […]

The Lonely Way of the Writer: A New Year’s Message for My Fellow Writers

January 12, AD2018 2 Comments
The Lonely Way of the Writer: A New Year’s Message for My Fellow Writers

Every January 1st, many of us decide to come clean with our personal struggles and make resolutions to better ourselves in the days ahead. In the spirit of this new year, I have my own confession to make: I often suffer from periods of sorrow and loneliness so profound that I sometimes wonder how I […]

Is There Hope in God’s Providence During Desolation?

January 12, AD2018 0 Comments
Is There Hope in God’s Providence During Desolation?

December 13th—the Feast Day of St. Lucy, I stood aside a grave of another unborn child. It is unnatural for a father to bury his child. Standing in a cemetery after the funeral Mass for your miscarried child is truly a surreal and somber experience. When humans encounter death—especially the loss of a family member […]