Archive for May 2011

Asking and Not Receiving

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us, ” … whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.” (John 16:20-23, NAB). Have you ever prayed for something so hard that your heart fairly burst with your need?  Have you waited patiently or anguished while you waited for God’s answer?  And never received that... Read more »

Ascension Thursday

Jesus said to his disciples:  “A little while and you will no longer see me, and again a little while later and you will see me.” So some of his disciples said to one another, “What does this mean that he is saying to us, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and... Read more »

St. Joan of Arc

St. Joan of Arc’s Feast Day was May 30th and I really couldn’t pass up the chance to at least mention her. It was in 1425, at the tender age of thirteen, that Joan began to hear the voices: “I heard the voice on the right-hand side, towards the church; and rarely do I hear... Read more »

Tenacity and God's Plan

In today’s Gospel (Luke 1:39-56, NAB), we start at the very beginning.  Mary goes to visit her cousin and when Elizabeth hears Mary’s greeting, her own child leaps within her and she’s filled with the Holy Spirit.   Elizabeth cries out, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.... Read more »

Because We Are All Beloved

Beloved: Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put... Read more »

P is for Phyllis

A good friend of mine lost her mother not too long ago.  She took care of her 24/7 and if you’ve ever taken care of an elderly person, you know how overwhelming it is. My friend is still grieving.  Some days are better than others.  Everyone is different and grief has to be processed in... Read more »

Love One Another ... Do I Have To?

Jesus said to his disciples: “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what... Read more »

Not Feeling the Love

Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. “I have told you this so that my joy might be in... Read more »

Give Peace A Chance

Jesus said to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved... Read more »

The End of the World, Fr. Pfleger and Where is Charlie Sheen?

We’re still here, Fr. Pfleger has apologized and is back in the pulpit which got me to thinking, “Where is Charlie Sheen?”  He’s been quiet lately. It appears we need the Holy Spirit more then ever: Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. Whoever loves me will... Read more »