…Not permitting them to speak

…Not permitting them to speak

  When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.   The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him. —– from the Gospel reading, fifth Sunday, Ordinary Time   “The devils knew that Jesus was the Christ who had been promised by the Law, for they saw in Him all the signs which had been foretold by the prophets. But they were ignorant of His divinity.” “The reason why Jesus forbade the devils to speak was to teach us not to believe them, even if they say truth. For if once they find persons to believe them, they mingle truth with falsehood.”...

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...

From Swaddling Clothes to Burial Cloths

From Swaddling Clothes to Burial Cloths

  When my children were infants, I was instructed to swaddle the baby only on the night we returned home from the hospital. Things have changed in twenty some odd years. Today, new parents (my son and daughter-in-law), are instructed to swaddle the baby until….he doesn’t like it anymore; and they say, he’ll let you know when that is. They even have special swaddling wraps now. Back in the day, I could put stuffed toys in the crib and we were told to alternate the baby from side to side with each nap. No sleeping on the stomach or the back, just side to side. Not that either of mine slept much as infants, but that’s another story. Now days…No toys in the crib, or baby blankies; they nap on their back in the day, and are swaddled...

I Met Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Yesterday

I Met Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Yesterday

  Homeless and Pregnant. That was the sign she held in her hands; her blond hair blowing in the wind as if waving to me from the sidewalk of the busy neighborhood crossroad. Maybe I didn’t read it right, I thought..Maybe she’s advertising for the fast food place behind her. However, a second look as I waited at the light, confirmed what I’d first read.  The light turned green, but as I drove off I asked the Lord, Now what? What do you want me to do? Instantly, the grace came; probably fueled from thoughts of what I knew could happen to her if the wrong person stopped to help. As I changed lanes to make the U turn and head back around, I had two thoughts: if  a report came on the news that night of a young pregnant girl kidnapped and harmed,...

He Died for the Truth

He Died for the Truth

  There is no doubt that blessed John suffered imprisonment and chains as a witness to our Redeemer, whose forerunner he was, and gave his life for Him. His persecutor had demanded, not that he should deny Christ, but only that he should keep silent about the truth. Nevertheless, he died for Christ. Does Christ not say : I am the Truth? Therefore, because John shed his blood for the truth, he surely died for Christ.   This has been the Lord’s message for me all summer long ~ you cannot be silent about the Truth. St John the Baptist, pray for us. +PAX   From a homily on St Bede the Venerable, priest LOH second reading  L’Apparition, Gustave...