Desire and fire

Desire and fire

  Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. —Luke 21:33   Why? Why will the the Lord’s words outlast even the stars in the Heavens and the mystery of the oceans, which man in all his great wisdom and knowledge, can only begin to probe. The Words of Jesus have power because they are founded on truth and they– are everlasting. In the homily my spiritual director gave this morning, he said, Since this is true, then the call on our life as followers of Christ, is to consecrate ourselves to the truth.   We must stand then, for what is true.   Whatever the cost.   Imagine the power inherent to us in His Word; it will outlast all we know, see and comprehend. To seek the face of Christ, to meditate on His...

Back from the dead

There was a time I’d skip over stories like this:  The deception known as brain death. I simply accepted the medical profession’s explanation: a total irreversible loss of brain function caused by catastrophic brain injury; in other words– you can’t come out of it.  One might ask, how wrong could the doctors be? After all, don’t they have the the training and knowledge necessary to legitimize our trust in them? Call me a skeptic, but in recent years with a system that seems more focused on increasing profit and a culture that, with every passing day, most models one that seeks death rather than life…I decided perhaps I should explore more on the subject. Would it surprise you to learn that brain death is the very circumstance...

You are my King

You are my King

  I don’t think it an exaggeration to say I’m experiencing some type of dark night of the soul. It’s not important what the dark night is about. Really, it’s not. What is important I’m learning, is that which many saints have taught us throughout the ages: to be faithful to the grace of the present moment and to think of nothing but Christ. I am surrendered to Him. Finally; making His will my own and trusting He will gift me with the necessary grace to overcome my weaknesses. So, before we leave Ordinary Time and enter into the season of Advent, preparing for His coming once in history and perhaps soon again, let me proclaim with all my heart and and soul— You’re dominion is an everlasting Kingdom, that shall not be...

Teens teaching me

Teens teaching me

“You did all this for me, and I really don’t care.” Teaching teens was not on my top ten list of comfortable things to do as a catechist. But, since when does the Lord ever leave those seeking to put their faith in action all curled up in a comfy corner of familiarity? Can I tell you when they asked me to teach teens this year, I about had a fit of fear that paralyzed me. Then, over the summer in one of my certification classes I shared my hesitation with a fellow teacher who saw my panicked shock and she gave me some great advice which I have put into practice since the first day of class. They’re all over the place with hormones, fear of the future and many with messed up home lives.   Don’t take anything they say personally. Just show up...

A threat and a promise

Well, that didn’t take long. Two days ago I put up a post restating the fact  that despite the enemy working overtime to ensure that I be quiet: I said, I would not. It’s not the first time I’ve made such a statement, and it’s not the last time I expect to be challenged when speaking the truth. Some people don’t like truth whether it’s spoken in love or not. Their tool is intimidation, their goal: To silence you or do what this person has done– Threaten to shut you up. I recently received a credible threat to my blog that fell just shy of threatening me as well. Now, I’ve been blogging for five years. I’d challenge anyone to go search the near 900 posts written here and find hatred. Go ahead. Try. You’ll...

Pornography is a mortal sin

The bishops are calling out pornography as a mortal sin that needs confession and repentance. Finally. Are they actually willing to publicly call something a mortal sin without worrying about “harsh language” used by the church?   WASHINGTON (CNS)— A draft statement on pornography to be considered for approval by the U.S. bishops at their Nov. 16-19 fall general meeting in Baltimore calls pornography “mortal sin” and urges Catholics to turn away from it.   “Producing or using pornography is a mortal sin that needs to be confessed in order for the person to receive God’s forgiveness,” says the draft version of “Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography.” “Those who...

Learn a lesson from the fig tree and have no fear

Learn a lesson from the fig tree and have no fear

  When it’s branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near.   In the same way when you see these things happening,   know that He is near, at the gates. —Mark 13:28-32   You have to be totally blind these days not to see how the Word of God is proclaiming the reality that “only His Word is the foundation of all things.”1   Everything we have trusted and put our hope in to build our lives, has and will continue to prove false. All of our self-made gods— exposed— “incapable of being the refuge and hope we designed them to be.”2   Terrorism, the full flowering of the sexual revolution, consuming fear of speaking any clear truth; these are the wages required by the...

Spiritual warfare and the state of grace

Very good talk by Fr. Chad Ripperger on the second night of his Spiritual Warfare Conference at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary church in Rochester, NH. do everything you can to protect your own state of grace. the greatest amount of protection is going to come from being a ‘full’ Catholic. the sacrament of marriage provides graces to protect the family God has provided everything we need to be protected the saints say we have an obligation in justice to pray every day…just 15 minutes…which is about how long it takes to say the rosary St Thomas says it’s impossible to get out from underneath habitual venial sin without a consistent life of meditation develop virtues– sanctified perfection adorns the soul Stay confident in faith for...