There is a popular phrase I've seen plastered on t-shirts, bumper stickers and coffee mugs: "all those who wander are not lost". It pays homage to the idea that wanderers with no particular destination are not in fact lost or in need of direction. They are enjoying the beautiful scenery or taking the long way … Continue reading The Wandering Pilgrim is not Lost
Remember Death. Remember Joseph.
During one of my moves from one state to another I diligently sifted through the many boxes of "stuff" I had accumulated through the years to decipher what was coming with me and what was going to be donated or thrown out. This was one of those milestone moves where everything I possessed needed to … Continue reading Remember Death. Remember Joseph.
Angels Announced Great News
The day of great rejoicing has arrived! Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior has risen from the dead. The temple that was torn down was rebuilt in three days time and is now the cornerstone of our faith and Church. Here again are consoling and wonderful bookends joined to a day of great rejoicing. It … Continue reading Angels Announced Great News
There was a man named Joseph…
I will make a daring statement. A statement that is not backed up by any theological instruction, exegesis, or pontifical concordance. The statement expresses an observation that I have quietly held in my heart. It is a correlation I have made and contemplate every Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Jesus gave up His Spirit. The … Continue reading There was a man named Joseph…
It is good. Friday.
On this most solemn day of the Triduum the sun rises. The crowds gather around the courts and the elected officials. The rumors from the night before have reached the far corners of the city. All are anxious to see what will become of the Messiah; He who entered Jerusalem a few days ago to … Continue reading It is good. Friday.
Watch and Pray
Celebration of the Eucharist concludes Holy Thursday mass. We did it in memory of Him; just as he taught his disciples over two thousand years ago. He gave us another lesson to memorize as well. Once again, God-Made-Man, humbles Himself to wash the feet of His disciples and teaches them, "If I, therefore, the master … Continue reading Watch and Pray
"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
"One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord" (Psalm 27:4). One major take-away easily learned by reading the Bible. Very little does one need. Time and again Jesus echoes the psalmist. Step 1: We must simply ask of the Lord … Continue reading Psalm 27
"I will wash my hands in innocence and walk around your altar, Lord, lifting my voice in thanks, recounting all your wondrous deeds. Lord, I love the house where you dwell, the tenting place of your glory"(Psalm 26:6-8). Find solace in church, a restful peace-filled dwelling of Christ. Surround yourself by colorful stained glass, frescoes … Continue reading Psalm 26
You. Follow Me.
"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.