My wife and I went to Walmart yesterday. We were filled with bravery and courage. We needed a coffee grinder and we needed it right away. (Such is the nature of all things coffee.)
As we were in the line to check out, I noticed the people in front of us were not treating the cashier like a human being. They weren't smiling. They weren’t making eye contact. They certainly weren’t putting forth the effort to look at his name badge and address him by his name. This moment took me back to a memory less than a decade old.READ MORE
As many of you know, I’ve suffered a few significant losses over the first forty three years of my life. Although the circumstances are fairly unique, suffering catastrophic loss in and of itself is anything but unique.
Just as you might not be able to comprehend courts changing laws and an adoption being halted after only ten months of raising a baby girl who already calls you “dada,” I cannot comprehend losing my wife after decades of marriage.
Many of us have had to suffer unimaginable loss at various points in our lives. It was as if we were admitted membership to a club we never applied to join. Yet, once admitted, we discovered a thing or two.READ MORE
This Sunday’s Gospel ends with Jesus making an incredible statement. Don’t miss it. Here it is:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father."
So...whoever believes in Jesus will do greater works than He did? Clearly this cannot be the case.READ MORE
We let celebrities have such a strong influence in our culture. Athletes, movie stars, musicians, politicians and talk show hosts. They speak and we listen.
I remember people saying, “O.J. Simpson just seems like the nicest guy! I mean, look at that smile!” “Lance Armstrong is a warrior! And he is doing so much for great causes!” “I wish there were more family-friendly people like Bill Cosby! Heck. I wish he were my dad!”
Martha Stewart. Richard Nixon. Michael Jackson. Bill Clinton. Woody Allen. Ryan Lochte. Tonya Harding. The list goes on and on. They continue to let us down with scandal after scandal.
I am not saying these aren’t children of God. They have all fallen short with various scandals. In fact, we have all fallen short. So who should we turn to? More to the point, who should we listen to?
This Sunday’s Gospel reminds us to follow only the Voice of God in order to have life and have it more abundantly.
Jesus was scandalous in His love. Jesus was scandalous in His forgiveness. These are scandals we can follow.
Mary’s first Apparition to the three shepherd children was on May 13, 1917. While the children were playing in the Cova de Iria a few miles from their home, a flash of light appeared to them above a holm oak tree. Within the light was a beautiful lady dressed in white. She told the children, “Do not be afraid. I will do you no harm.” When asked where she was from, the Lady replied, “I am of Heaven.”
Our Lady then told the children that she wanted them to come to this same place on the 13th of each month for the next six months so that she could speak with them again. She told the three children that they would go to Heaven. She asked them to pray the rosary daily and to make sacrifices for the reparations of sin and the conversion of sinners. After saying these things, the Blessed Virgin opened her arms for the first time and a very intense light poured forth from her hands. The children fell to their knees and repeated, “O Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee. My God, my God, I love thee in the Most Holy Sacrament.”READ MORE