The Gospel reading on the first Sunday of Lent is great for people like myself who have self-diagnosed attention span issues. In its entirety, it is only five sentences long.
That doesn’t mean it isn’t rich. Did you notice the little detail that informed us that Jesus was in the desert “with the wild beasts?” Why does that matter?READ MORE
Lent is about to begin and I’ve always had an issue with it. My birthday is March 28th and as a child, it was hard to celebrate your big day when it usually fell during Holy Week. On top of that, I always tried to be a kid who smiled often and laughed with ease. This disposition seemed to fly in the face of Lent, which I saw as a holiday season for the solemn, down-trodden, and curmudgeonly.READ MORE
It is my sincere hope that none of you who read this column each week, read last week’s edition and ran out to use some of what I said as ammunition against people who do not yet recognize the sanctity of unborn life.
At the Arizona March for Life, Stephanie Gray eloquently pointed out that often the person you are having a conversation with is coming from a different place than you. While you are obsessed with proving the unborn child has value, (whether they realize it or not) they actually want to know if you value them, their sister or friend. Do you recognize their pain, potential sacrifice, or difficulty?READ MORE
I was honored to participate in the Arizona March for Life last weekend. I was joined by Bishop Olmsted, Fr. Jess, Fr. Kurt, Laura Hicks, many parishioners, my wife, and daughter. Oh...and there were approximately 4,500 others from across the state.READ MORE
Some people falsely see Jesus as a fictional character. They choose to believe He was "written" to instruct us in the proper way to live and love. After all, the Catholic Church teaches that other parts of the Bible were inspired, but fictional stories, right?
This is true, but let's dig a bit deeper into what the Church knows to be true about the Bible (since they were the ones to compile it and all… ).READ MORE
Fun Fact #1: John the Baptist had disciples! Don’t believe me? Give this Sunday’s Gospel a closer listen. In the first chapter of John, beginning at verse 35, “John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God.’ The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.”READ MORE
So we've begun another calendar year and we are beginning books instead of watching Judge Judy. We are spending less time on social media and more time engaged in actual human interaction. We are going to the gym and taking walks instead of eating another donut with extra sprinkles.
...until about February.
Come on David! Judge Judy tells it like it is, Facebook is where I get my news, and God wouldn't have every church serve donuts if He didn't want us to eat them!READ MORE