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
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
"[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.
"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
"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
"By waiting and by calm you shall be saved. In quiet and in trust your strength lies" (Isaiah 30:15b). There is little value in rushing to answers or allowing the frenzy of worry take over. Waiting and calm is the saving grace. Waiting and calm leads to quiet and in that quiet there breathes trust … Continue reading Where do you find strength?