"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." This song by Matthew West reminds me to stay strong, confident in the fact that Jesus is with us and that He has defeated death and sin through His death and resurrection. But I was also reminded, the first time … Continue reading Take Heart
St. Augustine said, "Your continuous desire is your continuous prayer. If you cease to desire then you will have fallen silent in your prayer." That's good news for people like me! I often have the desire to pray and can't seem to focus long enough to do it well. I have been praying about that! … Continue reading Poco a poco
I like to listen to Father Mike Schmitz's Bible in a Year podcast during my morning walks. Today I actually listened to two because I missed yesterday's. There was a lot of good stuff in those readings today. The Books of Jeremiah and Daniel are full of some amazing stories. And yesterday's installment included Jeremiah … Continue reading Keep your eyes on Heaven
I'm a huge fan of the Psalms. I have been for decades. There is so much there to show us how to really be honest with God. As I always say, God knows our hearts anyway. We shouldn't even try to "put a good face" on things if we're miserable, or scared, or worried. God … Continue reading Psalm 27
Yes, as the song below asserts, Moms matter. You betchya. And so do Dads. But this song is about our moms. And it's beautiful. Matthew West sings a lot about every day people and every day life. I love his songs, and his messages. So simple, direct, and just beautiful. Watch the video I've shared … Continue reading Helping our kids
I posted a short diatribe earlier, and that's OK. If you've ever read any of psalms in the Old Testament, you know that it's really okay to ask God "why?" or to ask Him "how long?" we must endure some sort of suffering or injustice. It's also okay to let God know you are more … Continue reading Lord, have mercy on me…
Some US reps in Congress and other Veterans of Afghanistan specifically have been trying to get Afghans who worked with the US out of that country. US State Department has been less than helpful, it sounds like. I am praying for all concerned. And God bless the #MilVets in Congress who are trying to help … Continue reading Lord, have mercy.
There's a very cool concept that the Catholic Church likes, though too many Catholics don't know much about it. Many have probably never heard the word. It's subsidiarity. To simplify, it means that everything meaningful should happen at the most basic level whenever possible. We Are Family... So, the foundation of our society, in this … Continue reading Heaven is like…pizza!
One of the Gospel options for yesterday is from John, Chapter 11. It's the story of the death and rising of Lazarus, and features his two sisters, Martha and Mary. Jesus is not there for them, to heal their brother from some unknown malady (Scripture does not give us this detail). And so, on the … Continue reading Another reflection on following the Leader
Today's Gospel reading is from the Book of Matthew. It's a lovely quote from Jesus to His disciples. He is inviting all of His followers (that means Christian believers through the ages even until today) to come to Him. And when we are "yoked" to Him, walking beside Jesus, tethered to Him and He to … Continue reading And I will give you rest…