The grandma road trip and a pink pump

The grandma road trip and a pink pump

  She had no idea about the serious challenges I’m currently juggling in my life. They tend to come in bundles, don’t they?  I was pining away to the Lord all day about the seriousness of these issues and how they were creating a loneliness I just couldn’t bear, threatening to quit all the ministry commitments I’ve been promised to for the year because an almost debilitating physical and emotional exhaustion is beginning to take root. Childish? Maybe. Filled with self pity? Probably. But, also very human. That’s one of the first lessons I was taught as an oblate and carried home with me to my Benedictine “lay monastery”: to know God you must first know yourself. So, I think I was right on track that night as I headed...

Unhinged – Give me Jesus

Unhinged – Give me Jesus

    What would it take for you, for me, to do as St Matthew did and drop everything to follow Christ? Is this even taught anymore? I’m asking because I don’t hear any such sermons. Discipleship doesn’t seem to cost much in the eyes of many church leaders today. And what does it mean to leave everything? What if the Lord asks you to stand for truth…Biblical truth…in the midst of this depraved world becoming more unhinged every day? And what if it costs you everything..even some relationships in your family? What if the people closest to you whom you trusted start looking at you like the crazy one, seeing your desire for radical union with Christ through diligent obedience to His Word– as becoming unhinged. Oh yes,...

A prophet’s blessing and burden

“Father, sometimes I have the Not-Patience. And then, I suffer from disturbings and worry-ness”. A religious sister’s words in conversation with Father McTeigue, SJ. His article is on the role of the prophet. Dear sister, on the eve of the Pope’s visit to Cuba and the United States…. I feel exactly “the not-patience and worryness. ” That aside Father’s article is excellent. +PAX    

“It affected her forever”

I wasn’t familiar with late Amanda Peterson, an actress who tragically died of a drug overdose in July, but I saw an online article stating that the toxicology report revealed, the former actress had multiple prescription drugs in her system, including anti-anxiety medication, an anti-psychotic medication, pain medication and opiates. She also had marijuana in her system. It would have been just another sad Hollywood story until, as I read further, her parents revealed that for more than thirty years “Amanda carried a secret that affected her forever” The “Can’t Buy Me Love” star was raped at the age of 15. Her mother added; “I think it affected her forever” “She became more defensive, less trusting,”...

God reigned from the wood

God reigned from the wood

    The coming of God’s Kingdom means the defeat of Satan’s.   “If it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.”   Jesus’ exorcisms free some individuals from the domination of demons.   They anticipate Jesus’ great victory over the ‘ruler of this world.’   The Kingdom of God will definitely be established through Christ’s cross. “God reigned from the wood.” — CCC 550 +PAX   “Agnolo Gaddi True Cross Detail 1380″ by Agnolo Gaddi...

Hupomone

I’m glad Martin Luther didn’t achieve one of his goals when deciding which books to rip out of the Bible. We know the five famous ones he removed, but there were more he would have liked to see go–one of them being the book of James. And, this is where I found the Lord’s counsel to me this week for  ‘standing the test’ which seems to be the word of the hour. Is there anything in our current culture that’s not in crisis on a worldwide scale? Family, church, government? I realized this week as I look at the scope and scale of these challenges especially in light of the new fast track annulment process, and the upcoming synod, that I’m beginning to do something– which if I’m not careful–will limit God...

What is necessary in the time of temptation ?

What is necessary in the time of temptation ?

      The Lord says, I have instructed my prophets from the beginning. Even to the present time I have not stopped speaking to all men, but many are deaf and obstinate in response…..   Write my words in your heart and study them diligently, for they will be absolutely necessary in the time of temptation. Whatever you fail to understand in reading my words will become clear to you on the day of your visitation. —Thomas a’Kempis   +PAX