The hour has come, drop your water pot.

The hour will come, in fact it is here already, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth: that is the kind of worshiper the Father wants. God is spirit, and those who worship must worship in spirit and truth. — John 4:23-24   You remember this woman whom the Lord met at the well and prophetically exposed her sin of having multiple marriage issues: five husbands and one she was living with who wasn’t her husband. And recall that once she repented and accepted Christ as her Messiah she puts down her water jar and hurries back to her own town to tell them about the Lord, Jesus. There’s much to this gospel account of course but, it’s on this one aspect of leaving the water jar that I find St Augustine’s moral...

He loves, He hopes, He waits

So the Synod is over…for now. But, we’re left with much to pray about before this all comes to another summit next year when the forces promoting friendship with the world will meet up in a Roman Meggido of sorts, battling against the inerrant, unchangeable truths of Christ and Holy Mother Church. As if they stand a chance of winning. If what’s in the “Relatio Post Disceptationem (the Extraordinary Synod’s Midterm Report) ”–despite the clarification at the end– is the new direction then, we’d better ask ourselves who it is we’re establishing friendship with. You are as unfaithful as adulterous wives, don’t you realize making the world your friend is making God your enemy?   Anyone who chooses the...

The emptiness of others

Can drag you down, but don’t let it.  “Do you encounter aridity, or spiritual attack (oppression), due to the pretensions of others? Are you subject to others’ shortcomings?   We all do — feel that aridity. And sometimes we are the transmitters of it.   Call it aridity. Call it the desert. For many, it is a constant state because they have not filled their lives with what’s worthwhile, what is part of their mission — and expect us to do this for them.” More of this is coming to the surface in people as we struggle daily for our very lives, physically and spiritually. This is a great opportunity, a teaching moment  to share the joy of our faith despite the difficulties in the world and the church....

Houston, we have a problem

There’s more than Ebola going on in Texas. The enemy of our souls doesn’t let up in one area of warfare just because we are distracted with another. The City of Houston has “…issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. Among those slapped with a subpoena is Steve Riggle, the senior pastor of Grace Community Church. He was ordered to produce all speeches and sermons related to Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality and gender identity. The mega-church pastor was also ordered to hand over “all communications with members of your congregation”...

Into Your Hands

Into Your Hands

  My Lord and My God: Into Your Hands I abandon the past the present the future what is small and what is great, what amounts to little and what amounts to a lot, things temporal and things eternal. Amen   +PAX prayer of abandonment via~ Daily Roman Missal 

Where are the laborers?

  While TheAmChurch train of scandal continues down the tracks and others write very candidly about the crisis in the Church, one might wonder where the laborers are whom the Lord has sent forth into the harvest? Wouldn’t you know St Gregory the Great, pope, grieved that there were so few laborers for so great a harvest and spoke with a heavy heart wondering the same thing in his day, …although there are many to hear the good news there are only a few to preach it.   Look about you and see how full the world is of priests, yet in God’s harvest a laborer is rarely to be found; for although we have accepted the priestly office, we do not fulfill it’s demands. Who says the saints don’t speak to us in our day? Pray, he says,...

Development of the faith, not alteration

The timing of the Office of Readings to current affairs in the church seems, well, providential: From the instruction by St Vincent of Lerins, priest: Is there to be no development of religion in the Church of Christ? Certainly there is to be development and on the largest scale. Who can be so grudging to men, so full of hate for God as to try and prevent it? But – It must truly be development of the faith, not alteration of the faith. Development means that each thing expands to be itself, while alteration means a thing is changed from one thing into another. The understanding, knowledge and wisdom of the Church, he says, whether of individuals or the Church as a whole, should through time count on making “great and vigorous progress,” but,...

Diocesan Siberia

Diocesan Siberia

  If this priest were a pastor in my diocese, he’d be sent to diocesan Siberia; you can’t preach like that around here and stay to tell about it. Father actually talks about sin and the need for repentance. His show, Word for a Wounded World is currently on EWTN. There were three priests in my area who had his gift of exhortation in preaching. When you left a Mass they celebrated, you were convicted– but, you knew God loved you and you knew someone just had the courage to tell you the whole unvarnished truth. None of them are here anymore. Well, they are, but you’d have to drive to…yes, diocesan Siberia to find them. I haven’t seen or heard of them for a few years. One occasionally use to preface his homily with this...