Archive for October 2011

The Street Beggars: Do You Give Them the Money?

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees. He said to the host who invited him, “When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or sisters or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you... Read more »

It Was 29 Years Ago Today

… that I took my father’s arm and walked down the aisle of St. Francis Xavier Church. Waiting for me at the altar was the man who introduced me to Jesus and the Catholic Church. I remember a lot about that day.  I remember that the weather was around 65 degrees and sunny.  I remember... Read more »

Cowards Behind Keyboards: the Blogger Bullies

Lately there seems to have been a surge in the bullying of  bloggers.  Apparently a few of my colleagues (one in particular) have been experiencing some serious verbal attacks from people hiding behind a keyboard. When I first started writing, I got a lot of negative comments from someone who not only called the Catholic Church... Read more »

St. Jude: Superhero of the Saints

Patron saint of lost causes, desperate situations and hospitals, St. Jude of Thaddaus is the saint we turn to in despair. Jude’s letter was “written to warn against false teaching regarding what has sometimes been called ‘cheap grace.’  Apparently the community was threatened by teachers who proclaimed that God’s grace allowed them to sin freely.  Jude calls... Read more »

The Soundtrack of My Life

Dick Clark once said that, “Music is the soundtrack of our lives.”  When a certain song comes on the radio, we all have that brief flashback of a time gone by.  Maybe it’s a good memory or it could be a painful one.  You remember where you were and who you were with.  You remember... Read more »

The Narrow Gate

Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” He answered them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. After the master... Read more »

What Does Your Kingdom Look Like?

Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.” Again he said, “To what... Read more »

Freed From the Debt

Brothers and sisters, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. – Romans 8:12-17 Today’s first reading gave me flashbacks of the... Read more »

The Greatest Commandment

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”  He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and... Read more »

October Belonged to Mary First

I have gone back to praying the rosary every day.  Usually at night before I go to bed.  The rosary is a prayer that I can easily get lost in.  I can lose my place, lose my focus or even drop it and wonder which bead I’m on! Recently I’ve noticed that as I’m praying... Read more »