One of my favorite readings in the Gospel is Jesus' retreat in the desert for 40 days tempted by Satan. In my view, it is always a refreshing way to begin Lent. I've written about it before. Much like Christ, we have just entered the desert of Lent for 40 days. Today we were reminded … Continue reading Rainbow Connection
"Peter turned and saw John. When he saw him Peter asked Jesus, 'Lord, what about him?' Jesus said to Peter, 'What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern of it is yours? You Follow Me' (St. John 21:20-23). Perhaps Peter was concerned for John's well-being and wanted to know what would … Continue reading You. Follow Me.
Under normal circumstances, receiving an invitation on a Sunday is unusual. The post office is closed and no mail is delivered. Then there is Sunday Mass. I was pleasantly surprised to hear the first reading from the prophet Isaiah. In my more formative years it was a passage that consoled me during a very challenging … Continue reading RSVP to Grace
"Ask something of Me and I will give it to you" (1 Kgs 3:5). This question God posed to Solomon. It is a question the Lord asks of us every day when we spend time with Him in prayer. Solomon's answer pleased the Lord, "Give thy servant an understanding heart to judge your people and … Continue reading What Will You Ask For?
How many souls are at rest? There is a lot of agitation today in many souls. Many are heavy laden with stress and anxiety. Vices, ill will and misguided righteousness can weigh on the shoulders like a heavy wooden bar laid across the back and neck. Our ability to direct and decide is subverted by … Continue reading Restless Souls Can Find Rest.
Wanderlust. A strong desire to travel. Think of your last trip. The excitement of seeing a new place. The very act of traveling itself whether by plane, train, automobile. Watching the miles pass by. In motion. On a mission. Dare I say, on a pilgrimage? Traveling beyond our boundaries taps into a primitive yearning I … Continue reading Wanderlust
Last week, as we entered Lent, Jesus was led to the desert; dry, hot, and barren. This week we are led up the mountain to pray (Luke 9:28-36). Up here we are provided a glimpse of Jesus' divinity. It is dazzling. So much so the disciples did not want to leave. They delayed the descent … Continue reading Listen to Him
In three previous posts I went through the acts of faith, hope, and charity in God's Divine Providence. This is one of the key graces we must keep close to our soul at all times as we travel down the road. As much fun as I had preparing those reflections around the prayer, life is … Continue reading Divine Providence-The Essentials
"May your mercy, O Lord, rest upon me. O Jesus, I want to live in the present moment, to live as if this were the last day of my life. I want to use every moment scrupulously for the greater glory of God, to use every circumstance for the benefit of my soul. I want … Continue reading Present Moment
Today's readings included passages from the prophet Jeremiah. Consoling food for thought: "Blessed are those who trust in the Lord; the Lord will be their trust. They are like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: It does not feat heat when it comes, its leaves stay green. … Continue reading Restful Waters