St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, born in the 16th century, longed to become a priest after much personal tribulation and deep sadness. He lost his wife, children and mother all within a 4 year span and then sought to enter the Jesuit order, but was denied entrance twice. When they finally admitted him, it was as a … Continue reading A fool for Christ
Bishop Barron mentioned this passage when preaching on the Road to Emmaus in Sunday’s Gospel reading. I was reminded so thought I would post again. May it bless you!
“In the breezy part of the day…” God walked in the Garden of Eden at this time. Not sure when that is, but it makes sense. Spirit is closely linked to ‘wind’ or ‘breath’ in Hebrew. So it makes sense that when the Living God is physically present in the garden, in some sort of visible, even material shape, He would be accompanied by a ‘breeze.’
Jesus breathes on His disciples before He ascends to Heaven to fill them with the very Holy Spirit of God, of Himself. And that breath continues to permeate the Christ followers to this very day and always will.
The thing about a breeze is that we can’t see it, though we can see its effects. Jesus even shares that observation in Scripture. (See John 3:8) And so we are back to the ‘unseen,’ the invisible I talked about in my last blog entry on…
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I got to speak to the Military Council of Catholic Women today during their Day of Reflection. I was honored and humbled to be asked. Unfortunately, because it is a 'closed' Facebook group (members only), I can't share that particular video with you here.But I have posted my remarks below. I don't say them word … Continue reading On the practice of the presence of God and detachment
You wouldn't think that it is - busy, I mean - given our current circumstances, but it is! I haven't had time to write much here lately and that's because we are coming up to the end of the spring semester! That means papers to write, oral presentations to be planned and given. Not to … Continue reading Life is busy!
It's been a while since I shared a song. I can't sit still for this one! The shoulders start to move to the beat, then the hips, then the feet and arms! It's a fun and inspiring song about trusting God - in everything!! So, give the tune a listen. And take the words into … Continue reading It’s all about trust
I admit it. I’m obsessed with roses. I have at least 15 rose bushes, of various colors, but mostly yellow, around our home. I just think they are amazingly beautiful. I have a lot more free time these days, as many of us do so I am using some of those moments to ponder God’s … Continue reading Roses and other small things
Someone just read this post from July of last year. I updated with a really cool version of a 1960’s ‘folk’ hymn. It’s For King and Country and I just love their music. Well done, FKAC!! Something to consider if you haven’t read this before. Or maybe you did, got distracted and forgot to compose your elevator speech. Here’s another chance!
I was honored to be part of the leadership team at a Catholic Military family retreat in S. Korea back in May. At one of my sessions with the adults, I talked to them about having an “elevator speech” at the ready to explain their faith to anyone they might encounter.
In 1 Peter 3:15, he tells us, “Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence…” And, of course, this is great advice! Additionally, from a secular viewpoint, it is a common marketing technique to have that short “elevator speech” ready to share; it’s the nuts and bolts of your company or organization’s product or mission you convey to a potential customer. Why elevator? It’s short enough to share as a parting message with someone as you take the…
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“Pray, hope, and don't worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.” - St. (Padre) Pio When we start to worry, that's a bright, blinking light that is leading us to prayer!! As Padre Pio said, “Pray, hope, and don't worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your … Continue reading “What, me worry?”
Trying something different today, folks! It's a video of me speaking, mostly reading you something I've written. I guess this is my first Vlog! We'll see how it goes. If you all like it, I may do it once in a while. Thinking maybe I should find a place to sit and give myself a … Continue reading Mountain Top Moments