Pray for the rising tide of religious hostilities

  “A brief summary of recent trends monitored by the Pew Research study shows why political scientist Tom Farr refers to this as a global crisis.”   Not sure anyone’s really paying attention but, we should definitely be praying. +PAX

Tribulation

Tribulation

    From a letter by St Peter Damian OSB, bishop   Let us rejoice in the joy that follows sadness   You asked me to write you some words of consolation, my brother. Embittered by so many tribulations, you are seeking some comfort for your soul. You asked me to offer you some soothing suggestions.   But there is no need for me to write. Consolation is already within your reach, if your good sense has not been dulled. ‘My son, come to the service of God. Stand in justice and fear. Prepare your soul; it is about to be tested.’ These words of Scripture show that you are a son of God and, as such, should take possession of your inheritance. What could be clearer than this exhortation?   Where there is justice as well as fear,...

The Road is Narrow

The Road is Narrow

  The road is narrow.  One who wishes to travel it more easily,  must cast off all things ~  and use the cross as a cane.    In other words,  we must truly be resolved to suffer willingly  for the love of God in all things. —St John of the Cross   +PAX Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Christ Carrying the Cross...

Look to Christ

Look to Christ

    When you wonder about the mystery of yourself– look to Christ who gives you the meaning of life. When you wonder what it means to be a mature person, look to Christ who is the fullness of humanity.   —Blessed Pope John Paul II, Message to U.S. youth, N.Y. Madison Square Garden Oct 3, 1977  ...

Part II: I hope you’re right

Part II: I hope you’re right

  The surgery was late because of an emergency C section and my mom and I sat together in an oversized chair like college roommates, sharing the earphones connected to my Iphone which was playing a rosary app. And the elevator doors across the hall opened. Let’s just say two men I know very well– exited…and they’re successful doctors in their own right…who have lots of questions about religion and God and usually once that conversation gets rolling it has never failed to heat up a room. This is the hospital where I have heard so many great testimonies of God’s amazing grace and written about them, where I’ve heard people tell me their heartfelt sorrows, been privileged to dry their tears, where I’ve prayed a...

Always have an answer ready…

Always have an answer ready…

  Besides my normal visitation, I have been a regular at the hospital since last Friday, when I had to take my aunt in through the emergency room. If ever there were a place that needs to know the love of God is real…that– for sure–is the place. No matter how many times I’m there, it’s hard not to get swallowed up in the tornadic activity of every available medical person coming to the aid of the sick and injured. It’s very easy to lose that prayerful focus. And it occurred to me as we waited, why it’s important to daily be in the Word of God.. You never know when He’ll call on you to give an answer for the hope in you, right in the middle of the whirlwind.   Simply proclaim the Lord, Christ holy in your...

World Day of the Sick

World Day of the Sick

  Today is The World Day of the Sick, a commemoration begun in 1992 by Pope John Paul II coinciding with the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 and through his own sufferings established this day as a time to pray for God to alleviate the pain and sorrow of all the sick and their caregivers. It was also on this this day in 2013 that Pope Benedict XVI declared his decision to resign from his post as the Pope citing his failing health as the reason behind his decision. As many of you can attest through your own painful struggles or of those you love, there are many in our midst in need of our prayers today. I’m thinking of the countless people I see in the hospital every week, including my own aunt...

I Would Ask Him for One Miracle Only

I Would Ask Him for One Miracle Only

  Though from a noble family, St Ansgar decided to become a monk in order to preach to the pagans. He moved to a Benedictine monastery of New Corbie to embark on missions to Denmark and Sweden and with great success.   He was made abbot of New Corbie and the first archbishop of Hamburg. After his work was destroyed by pagan invaders from the north, he returned and won Denmark back to the faith. *   This is a quote from him in reply to those who questioned some miracles attributed to him: Were God to choose me to do such things, I would ask Him for one miracle only: that by his power He would make me a good man. Amen. PAX+ *Living with...

A Vast and Complicated Charade

It’s official. I have logged out of understanding the culture. I know as Catholics, we’re in it and not of it and all of that, but the disconnect is a much wider chasm than it was back in the day. As I was watching the pre-game show leading up to the Superbowl and then the commercials in between plays  (it’s on in the main room of the house) one of Thomas Merton’s quotes came to mind: Above all why did the boisterousness of the soccer blues, the rugby players, the cricketers, the oarsmen, the huntsmen and the drinkers in the Lion and the clumsy dancers in the Rendezvous–   Why was all their noise so oafish and hollow and ridiculous?   It seems to me that Cambridge and to some extent the whole of England was pretending with...