Hupomone

I’m glad Martin Luther didn’t achieve one of his goals when deciding which books to rip out of the Bible. We know the five famous ones he removed, but there were more he would have liked to see go–one of them being the book of James. And, this is where I found the Lord’s counsel to me this week for  ‘standing the test’ which seems to be the word of the hour. Is there anything in our current culture that’s not in crisis on a worldwide scale? Family, church, government? I realized this week as I look at the scope and scale of these challenges especially in light of the new fast track annulment process, and the upcoming synod, that I’m beginning to do something– which if I’m not careful–will limit God...

The Sacred Heart of Jesus and my sinful hands

The Sacred Heart of Jesus and my sinful hands

    The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men…Luke 24:7     This is a Scripture I often recall as I take communion to the hospital on my pastoral care day; for after all … this is what I am, a sinner and yet ~ The Lord allows me the privilege of working along side Him–meeting extroidinary people who, in their sickness and suffering, have blessed me beyond measure.    The halls of the hospital are foreboding; sometimes I feel their heaviness like a weighted fog that hovers it’s threat of loneliness, grief, suffering and death. And that’s when I ‘m thankful that wrapped in the case against my heart is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus. It’s into this darkness I...

Save his soul, Lord.

Save his soul, Lord.

  It was all about waiting on the Lord today; waiting for another decision to come down, one that rested in the hands of others as it has for 30 years, out of my control except for the letters that represent me, written by those who have loved me through six sets of parole board meetings, each with the potential …. to set free the man who, one afternoon in July many years ago…changed my life.   On days like this we all take our positions, like actors on a stage with marks we each must hit, remembering our lines because the show must go on. We depend on each other, we trust each other, we give each other space—to wait. You are only given a docket number ..so you never really know what time the case is heard, but once our letters are...

What is There to Fear ?

What is There to Fear ?

  Building Noah’s Ark Französischer Meister c.1675     Be firm in your resolutions. Stay in the ship which Christ has placed you and let the storms and the hurricanes come. Long live Jesus Christ. You will not perish. What is there to fear? Let the world turn upside down. Let everything be in darkness, smoke and noise. God is with us.   —Padre Pio     Unreasonable fears come in many forms: people, circumstances, and even the devil who most assuredly knows our weaknesses. This is my meditation today to help guard me from servile fear and my endless list of weaknesses–to  point me instead toward a fear of the Lord and the assurance of His presence in the struggle.   +PAX        ...

You Have to Try Again

You Have to Try Again

    There is no use trying, said Alice; one can’t believe impossible things.   I dare say you haven’t had much practice, said the Queen. When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. —-Alice in Wonderland     +PAX   The only thing worse than a friend who won’t be truthful with you…is a friend who won’t be anything but truthful with you. Yet, we know from Scripture that wounds from the latter prove them faithful and trustworthy. (Proverbs 27:6) It seemed that at this juncture of my spiritual journey, the Lord had planted me in the midst of a mine of priceless jewels, each one themselves having been...