Embrace Suffering

09-16-2018Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

St. Peter has many distinctions. He was the rock upon which the Church was built. He was renamed Peter by Jesus. He walked on water - very briefly. He was our first Pope. He is also the only apostle called “Satan” by Jesus. You read that right.

In Mark 8, Peter hears Jesus’ prediction of His own passion. He responds by pulling Jesus aside and rebuking Him. (The common definition of rebuke is to “express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions.”

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(Being) Catholic Matters

09-09-2018Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

I am someone who pursues justice. I can’t help it. It may have blossomed with my first experience of “the one with the highest-paid lawyer wins,” but I suspect it has always been part of my DNA. Therefore, with the misdeeds of many in our Church leadership coming to light, I want my pound of flesh.

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(Being) Catholic Matters

09-02-2018Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

I am not going to go through all the elements of the allegations brought forward by Archbishop Viganò here www.LifeSiteNews.com is an excellent source - suffice it to say, they are very disturbing.

If you believe that they are worth investigating as much as I do, I would encourage you to write to a few people and let him know you are expecting a complete and full investigation from an independent source.

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As for Me and My House, We will Serve the Lord

08-26-2018Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

When I first realized what the readings were going to be this weekend, they hit me like a ton of bricks. In Joshua 24, Joshua presents the twelve tribes of Israel with a choice. “Choose this day whom you will serve.” In John 6, Jesus turns to the twelve disciples and asks if they will leave.

The scandal that has resurfaced within our Church is a horrible nightmare for the victims, their families, everyone who sits in a pew, and every good, decent, and honest ordained Catholic. Each life that has been forever impacted by the perpetrators, whether direct or indirect, will be avenged in this life or the next.

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A Family of Faith

08-19-2018Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

This past weekend, I traveled to New York City for a writer’s conference. It was a crazy fish-out-of-water experience for this boy who loves the wilderness. I wandered the streets, took the subway and slept on a friend’s couch in Manhattan.

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Own It

08-12-2018Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

In John 6, Jesus claims to be the bread that came down from heaven. The people respond with murmurs. They know where He lives. They know His parents.

Sometimes, the Lord speaks through each of us. Have you ever tried to help someone with a wise word of counsel, only to be dismissed? Have you ever tried to gently correct someone, only to be ignored? Have you ever spoken up on a topic you happened to have a unique knowledge of, just to be ridiculed? This may have happened for any number of reasons. They might know your sin. They might know your past. They might know your limited education. They might even be related to you!

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Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

08-05-2018Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

In Exodus 16, Moses is dealing with some “hangry” (that deadly state where hungry leads to angry) people. Moses turns to the Lord, who tells Moses He will provide enough manna in the morning and quail in the evening for each day. Take note of something important: He did not provide for their entire journey in a single moment.

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