Who can be His disciple?

Who can be His disciple?

  Can you imagine being among those in the crowd following Jesus only to hear Him turn and address them saying: If anyone comes to me, without hating his father and mother, wife, and children, brothers and sisters, yes and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. After recovering from the shock of His words, I might slowly have slid to the back of the crowd and wondered if– perhaps–I needed to take a second look at this ‘prophet’ I was following. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. Lord, I am carrying it because You say I have to…but, if it means that to be a saint like Mother Theresa, who said we should “accept suffering with a smile because it’s the greatest gift that...

He loves, He hopes, He waits

So the Synod is over…for now. But, we’re left with much to pray about before this all comes to another summit next year when the forces promoting friendship with the world will meet up in a Roman Meggido of sorts, battling against the inerrant, unchangeable truths of Christ and Holy Mother Church. As if they stand a chance of winning. If what’s in the “Relatio Post Disceptationem (the Extraordinary Synod’s Midterm Report) “–despite the clarification at the end– is the new direction then, we’d better ask ourselves who it is we’re establishing friendship with. You are as unfaithful as adulterous wives, don’t you realize making the world your friend is making God your enemy?   Anyone who chooses the...

Why are you here?

Why are you here?

  All summer I’ve been praying for my new fall Faith Formation class; the incoming 6th graders. Wonder who they will be? What kind of struggles will they bring with them? What are their home situations like? I don’t know them yet, but the Lord does and I’ve asked Him to prepare them and me for this upcoming year. The news cycle since we’ve last had classes has been over the top; wonder who will be the first child to ask me about Ebola or ISIS. Trust me, they will.   After much prayer, I’d like to open this year with a “mission statement,” of sorts. Something I sense the Lord pressing on my heart for them. Why are you here? That will be my first question to them. The response I expect from most is: my parents are...

On Visitation

On Visitation

  I’ll be with my new grand-baby for a few days… I leave with great thankfulness in my heart and all of you in my prayers.   Most Blessed Virgin Mary, thou wilst always be our love and hope. Holy angels and archangels, Defend us and guard us ~   Amen.   +PAX

Should We Call Down Fire?

Should We Call Down Fire?

  When this story was announced from the world’s news pulpits this week, recalling God’s truth sorrowed my heart deeply:   Brothers and sisters: For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. —Galatians 5:1   We seem to have made a choice to live by the flesh rather than the Spirit and,   …they are opposed to each other.   In our ‘hyper-tolerance’ we have yoked ourselves to the slavery of sin, yet this was never God’s intent for us…freedom is. This is why Jesus came: to set us free from the darkness of our own minds which lures us to live only as we want or desire. What will we who are on this journey of faith, do with our dismay? In our anger...