What’s your ‘elevator pitch?’

What’s your ‘elevator pitch?’

  It’s really amazing when you stop to talk to people or spend time conversing with family and friends at parties or holiday dinners, how many are away from the church and worse how many have left their Christian faith behind altogether. Whatever their impetus for walking away, what tugs at my heart on this, the first week of Advent, is; What a mess we’re in Lord. Please help me empty myself, refine my listening skills and learn anew how to share my story and invite someone to come home. The church is a bit rattled these days…I know…but, there will always be something people use as an excuse to leave the church, the faith, God, etc. There are any number of combinations why they go. But, as Catholics, we have the fullness of truth and...

Am I a Gambler ?

Am I a Gambler ?

  (This week I start another class…so my posts might be sparse, but I’m still here.)   I’ve been slowly moving through St Paul’s letter to the Philippians, where the opening sentence sets the tone for the whole letter. He says: From Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus… He is writing to a church where he knows the people will lovingly listen to him; it was the church he was closest to and the one to whom he writes as a friend. Some commentaries say the word ‘servant’ (in the Greek, doulos) is better translated…’slave’. When St Paul calls himself a slave of Christ, he is saying a few things: Christ bought him with a price and he could NEVER belong to anyone else A slave takes His...

Always have an answer ready…

Always have an answer ready…

  Besides my normal visitation, I have been a regular at the hospital since last Friday, when I had to take my aunt in through the emergency room. If ever there were a place that needs to know the love of God is real…that– for sure–is the place. No matter how many times I’m there, it’s hard not to get swallowed up in the tornadic activity of every available medical person coming to the aid of the sick and injured. It’s very easy to lose that prayerful focus. And it occurred to me as we waited, why it’s important to daily be in the Word of God.. You never know when He’ll call on you to give an answer for the hope in you, right in the middle of the whirlwind.   Simply proclaim the Lord, Christ holy in your...

A Brutal Reminder

A Brutal Reminder

  It’s a bit of a jolt. Holy Mother Church leads us from the glorious Hallelujah’s of the Christmas miracle and the birth of the newborn King of the Jews -God Incarnate- to today’s feast of St Stephan, the first martyr. We go from reading of the multitude of Heavenly hosts proclaiming:   Glory to God in the Highest and on earth, peace among men with whom He is pleased. —Luke 2:13   to today’s readings where we hear of a good man, Stephan,    filled with grace and power, working great wonders and signs among the people.   Who could possibly have a problem with this remarkable preacher?   A group of Jews in Jerusalem debated with him, but could not get the better of him, so they arranged to falsely accuse...

Meet the Little Sisters of the Poor

    Thanks to Helen Alvare and Women Speak for Themselves:   {…} that it’s beyond ridiculous for any government to believe that women care more about free birth control than they care about upholding the very meaning of life: to serve one another in love, in everything we do, at work and at home.   Here in this video are WOMEN religious, the Little Sisters of the Poor, doing incredible work for the elderly and poor … providing a loving presence, health care, even “home”… up to the moment their earthly lives end. “In this home, nobody dies alone,” says the director of nursing. We give the “look of love” to every single person, says the director, Sister Mary Bernard.   And this, THIS is what sexual expressionism wants to squash?   The Little Sisters...