In the Litany to St. Joseph we pray, "Lover of Poverty, pray for us." Grace advances this entry. It is inspired by St. Teresa of Calcutta. On June 2, 1989 Mother Teresa was interviewed by William F. Buckley, Jr. on his program Firing Line. They were engaged in a discussion about poverty. He was deftly … Continue reading Lover of Poverty
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
We begin the pilgrimage of Lent today in the Catholic Church and many Christian communities worldwide. On this journey, through fasting, almsgiving and prayer we return to God with our whole heart as it is so eloquently written by the Prophet Joel in the Old Testament (Joel 2:12-18). In the New Testament, Paul reminds us, … Continue reading Ambassadors For Christ
"Think of what is above, not of what is on earth" (Colossians 3:1-4).
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
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
Lent awakens a pilgrimage in daily life. We veer from Ordinary Time and begin this journey sealed with ashes on our forehead. The outward sign of our faith. And our humanity; "remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return." Do not bring too much on the journey. It is best to leave … Continue reading Lent takes the pilgrimage a new direction
I love you above all things and know your ways to be true and wise. You have said that we are the 'apple of your eye', your 'face will shine upon us and your peace dwell within us'. I dedicate myself to you. I know I can do all things through Christ and that I … Continue reading Act of Charity in Divine Providence
"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.