The community of Courage

The community of Courage

Father John Harvey   By Bishop James D. Conley The Southern Nebraska Register   The novelist William Faulkner understood the virtue of courage. He understood that to be courageous implies taking a risk; stepping foot into the unknown; pursuing a good even when it might place us in danger.   “You cannot swim for new horizons,” he wrote, “until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”   Jesus Christ called his disciples to the same kind of courage. He told them to lose sight of the shore’s safety—to “cast out into the deep,” where they would find the abundance of his grace. In him, and because of him, they had the courage to follow Jesus to an abundant life—an extraordinary life—but only because they were willing to risk the unknown.  ...

Moral Courage

I don’t think there’s much of this around anymore:   Moral courage is the courage to take action for moral reasons despite the risk of adverse consequences.   “Courage is required to take action when one has doubts or fears about the consequences. Moral courage therefore involves deliberation or careful thought. Reflex action or dogmatic fanaticism do not involve moral courage because such impulsive actions are not based upon moral reasoning.”   “Moral courage may also require physical courage when the consequences are punishment or other bodily peril.”   Oh, I can hear the whispers from the back of the room…   “Who are you to judge what is moral?”   Nobody. That’s why I...

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...

Icon Sancta

  I could write about what happened to me in confession this weekend, or about the Mass that included the new Eucharistic Minister’s children hugging her legs while she distributed the precious Blood of Jesus…or about the priest who left the ambo to interact with the congregation which included all manner of distractions.. or the music minister receiving communion while he was singing, but I’d rather just not talk much anymore. I’d rather pray and leave you with Sister Irene and her beautiful Icons.     You know our culture, church and world are in a free fall. Pray, fast, submerge yourself in the sacraments and the Holy Scriptures. We must keep our eyes fixed on on the Lord so that as we are “tossed about by the...

When There’s Something Dead in Your Life

When There’s Something Dead in Your Life

  Get rid of it. I’ve been planting a lot of seeds since I read this.   As a preacher was saying the other night, when we have a “loss” in life — when we fail in some way, or have a setback, perhaps a hurt, when we lose at something — we need to take this “loss,” detach from it, and plant is as a seed in the Garden of God. There it will flourish; there it will grow into something else.   Take your loss — your loneliness, your illness, your heartbreak, your loss of a job or whatever — and plant it as a seed in the soil of the Lord.   God honors those who don’t give in to the negative but instead use it to gain something else.   Take that loss, that disappointment, that dead thing and plant it....