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
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.
Not too long ago there was a popular phrase everyone was using. For the first time in nearly one hundred years a pandemic swept across the globe. The merits of this global event will assuredly be debated unceasingly. Regardless, the impact on daily life was swiftly impacted. The world quickly turned a corner with respect … Continue reading Was Life Ever Normal?
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
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…
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.
One neat aspect of the Catholic Church is that there is always a reason to turn our attention back to God. We have every Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation, which are great because we are able to go to church and participate and receive the Holy Eucharist. Then there are feasts, solemnities, and observances … Continue reading March with St. Joseph
There are numerous reasons to have a devotion to St. Joseph. Among the many patronages associated with him he is considered the Patron of a Happy Death, provider of financial help, the patron of families, laborers, of the sick, of the poor, of travelers, terror of demons and conqueror of Hell, among just a few … Continue reading Devotion to St. Joseph
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
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