"Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established" (Proverbs 19:21). So it is. The spiritual pilgrimage. The journey of man to discern God's will. For those on the path of righteousness there is joy in knowing that in the end the … Continue reading The Plans of Man
Here in contained are reflections on scripture, in particular the Gospel message. It routinely follows the liturgical season but is also inspired through routine reading of the Bible ans over time seeing patterns, reading it anew and finding a new nugget of spiritual wisdom to pass along to the reader as food for thought.
"The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord accepts my prayer." (Psalm 6:9) If you recently prayed or recently made a request to God for whatever reason, take comfort in this passage from Psalms. God has heard you. He is working for you. Do not doubt. Have faith.
"Lead me, o Lord, in thy righteousness because of my enemies; make thy way straight before me." (Psalm 5:8) Stay the course. Enemies will always pursue you, especially the evil spirit. Don't waiver in righteousness because of them. Peacefully, calmly ask The Good Lord will make clear your path. He will show you.
Doubt or Faith during the Fourth Watch
When all hope is lost during the dark night of the soul, we can call out Lord, Save me. And if we have faith, and do not doubt, we will see light on the horizon.
Two Sides of the Coin
On one side: Blessings "Treasure of every kind, material or not, is a gift from God, given to be shared and not hoarded. Trust in God rather than a stockpile of personal resources is the source of our salvation. Wickedness is not always overt: the neglect of simple kindness, great or small, kills as surely … Continue reading Two Sides of the Coin
Something Greater is Happening Here Folks
This timely reminder from a priest's homily this week reminds me of what Jesus himself had said while he preached, His comments reminded me of what Jesus himself had said on a few occasions while he preached, "Something greater than the temple is here"(Matthew 12:6) "and there is something greater than Solomon here" (Matthew 12:42). This sets … Continue reading Something Greater is Happening Here Folks
Easter came early for Our Mother
As I welcome the beginning of this Easter season, I contemplate and find joy in an old meditation held by many Saints. I came across this through the writings of Saint Ignatius. It is before dawn of the third day. The soldiers presumably guard a tomb containing the body of Jesus. The disciples have fitful … Continue reading Easter came early for Our Mother
Watch, wait, and hope
I have always felt there to be something special and unique in the role of Jospeh of Arimathea. He conjures the fatherly love, compassion, and dedication as Jesus' father, Joseph. Like St. Joseph, he does not have a voice in the Gospel. He "asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. And Pilate … Continue reading Watch, wait, and hope
The only way is through
The Triduum has begun. Mass is over. The Last Supper has been celebrated. The altar has been stripped. The Holy Presence is absent from the tabernacle. The lights and candles extinguished. It is dark. What have we done? Many of us have retired to the side chapel to watch and wait with the Lord as … Continue reading The only way is through
He went not for a feast. He went to bring mercy.
Even though the Gospel stories are read over and over through the liturgical season every year there are new ways of hearing it that grab our attention. This time my attention was caught on the introduction to a passage from the Gospel of John, Chapter 5. Jesus went to Jerusalem for a feast. I am … Continue reading He went not for a feast. He went to bring mercy.