Actions speak louder than words. One of my favorite quotes drives this home, "Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words when necessary."St. Francis of Assisi Our evangelization is perfectly preached through acts of corporeal and spiritual mercy and devotion to Jesus through celebration of the Eucharist. St. Joseph's actions spoke louder than words. He … Continue reading The Silence of St. Joseph
I was fond of reminding people of a popular Confucius saying, "the only thing that endures is change." It was, at the time, profound. Somewhat kitschy. It worked great at cocktail parties. Those receiving the wise words would usually nod in agreement. As time passes and as the tilt of life's sun leans more to … Continue reading Mirror of Patience
"My times are in thy hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors!" (Psalm 31:15) Our times are in God's Hand. Our time is in God's Hands. He will guide us and deliver us. We know this to be true because from sacred scripture through current day history is replete with verified … Continue reading Psalm 31
As I embark on the Year of St. Joseph, I have found it advantageous to have a companion. This prayer book is a good compilation of traditional prayers, quotes, and practices to help deepen one's devotion to St. Joseph. As mentioned in an earlier post, this Year of St. Joseph has as a waypoint the … Continue reading St. Joseph Companion
Washington Oaks State Park, Florida This oasis. It is nestled there. Available for any and all who seek respite and care from life's worries and weights. In fact, it waits for you there... The oasis of prayer will take you there.
"[For] His anger is but for a moment, and his favor for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning" (Psalm 30:5). Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul, MN After the storm, a calm. After the suffering and aguish, joy. Keep the faith. Stay faithful. He will be Victorious.
"Watch!" (St. Mark 13:37) This is the command Jesus gave us as we began the journey of Advent, when we began the new year. This did not catch me off guard. It woke me up. There has been a lot of watching this year, watching of many worldly events. It is timely that this is … Continue reading Watch!
As we celebrate the American tradition of Thanksgiving and now begin the journey towards Christmas, it may not surprise many that my thoughts turned to the original Pilgrims that set sail from England and arrived on the shores of our beautiful and blessed Nation in 1620. My intention in this brief post is not to … Continue reading Pilgrim Journey
"Bow down before the Lord's holy splendor!" (Psalm 29:2) Listen for the voice of the Lord. Acknowledge His power and might. Saint Joseph's Carmelite Monastery, Bunnell, Florida
"Save your people, bless your inheritance; feed and sustain them forever" (Psalm 28:9). A petition. A request. Too often the winds of change tempt us from keeping to the narrow road. More often than not buffets and lashes are waged upon us by those that wish to tear down our religion and faith like some … Continue reading Psalm 28