https://youtu.be/B5NSGyDXEjs Every stone that makes you stumbleAnd cuts you when you fallEvery serpent here that strikes your heelTo curse you when you crawlThe king of love one day will crush them all And every sad seduction, and every clever lieEvery word that woos and wounds the pilgrim, children of the skyThe king of love will … Continue reading Rise Up
Pope Francis has invited everyone to make the 2nd of March, Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, a day of fasting for peace. He actually asks for us to devote our time to "intensely" praying and fasting on that day. So, what's that about? You may well ask! During the 40 days of Lent … Continue reading Ash Wednesday
“Pray do not imagine, that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field.” - Edmund Burke Often in life it seems it really is true that "the squeaky wheel gets the grease." We may infer from this old proverb that the squeaky wheel is in need of grease. But in real … Continue reading Who Else Is In the Field?
In honor of Valentine’s Day and World Day of Marriage (on Sunday), I decided to contemplate this very famous verse from Paul’s 1st Letter to the Corinthians. I’m sure you’ve heard it if you’ve ever attended a Christian wedding. It’s often one of the readings. And it’s easy to see why. It’s a beautiful bit … Continue reading St. Valentine’s Day
What if we just say Jesus, our Lord & Savior, was Jewish and that He said we should love our neighbor which means everyone? God loves us and wills us into being so every life matters to God. Jesus also tells us we should treat others as we want to be treated. That means we … Continue reading What if?
Heart speaks to heart. That's the translation of the Latin phrase above. It's from John Henry Cardinal Newman's coat of arms and it has a very specific, and a very deep meaning. God's heart speaks to ours. And just as crucial, God is waiting to hear us speak to Him from our hearts. It's two … Continue reading Cor ad cor loquitur
Today’s reading in the Church’s liturgical year is from Mark’s Gospel, not Matthew’s, but it’s a version of the same account. Mark identifies the woman as Syro-Phoenician; Matthew as Canaanite. She is both. The first description is about her nationality; the latter is her ethnicity. But the main point is, she is not Jewish like Jesus…Please open and read for more! God bless you.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 15, verses 21-28, we read of the faith of the Canaanite woman. She begs Jesus to deliver her daughter from an evil spirit and the suffering it is causing her. Jesus explains that He came for the sake of “the lost sheep of Israel.” That seems rather harsh and also not the whole story as Jesus helps more than one person who is not from the House of Israel. I think his reply has more to do with His foreknowledge that she’s a woman who is clever, has her wits about her, and that she is obviously a woman of great faith in Jesus’ power to defeat evil.
The proof of Jesus’ knowledge of the Canaanite woman’s quick wittedness is in her response to His remark about who He came to save. He uses the example of masters withholding the food meant for their…
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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:13 What an absolutely beautiful prayer from St. Paul for the Romans. And for us, too. That joy and peace of Christ is only possible … Continue reading A Prayer to the Romans
So, I just read this article in National Review magazine. It's a summary of a study conducted by some really smart people, actual scientists, from Johns Hopkins. After reading it, I'm not sure if I want to cry or scream. Maybe both simultaneously or I could alternate between the two. I know I am angry. … Continue reading “Regrets, I’ve had a few…”*
Yes, not too many people know about it. I've known this amazing story since I was a kid. But I did not realize the observance of the heroic actions of these four chaplains is today. A chaplain friend reminded my daughter, who reminded me. Where do such people come from? I would have to say … Continue reading Four Chaplains Day