I heard this song a while back and was so enthralled by the message and the music. My favorite combination. It's the timeless story of humanity's struggle against the Divine. But our Judeo-Christian God is One and will have no gods besides Him. And we owe God everything because He gives us life and this … Continue reading The Jealous Kind
https://www.loyolapress.com/catholic-resources/liturgical-year/lent/perspectives-on-lent/articles/looking-at-lent-through-the-lens-of-grace/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Living+Lent+Daily%3A+March+21%2C+2022&utm_campaign=living-lent-daily22-week-3-7074-yoc-mar21&vgo_ee=bb83POd3yq3Dybqtr0jyP2QOP8ZXmRzMvz3Yw%2BcA7gI%3D I'm sharing the link above because the excerpt talks about an openness to God's grace. Those two word - God's grace - are my watchwords for 2022 and, I hope, the rest of my life. I have written about grace many times, but right now it is becoming clearer to me that I need … Continue reading Drop the cup
Some days you just know that God is speaking directly to you, I've found. I hope you have had that experience. He's speaking; are you listening? I was today. I confess, I don't always. And I'm sorry for that. Today, 3 different times I read Bishop Robert Barron of Word On Fire fame, state, "The … Continue reading Time to try again…
https://youtu.be/yazxxkbSkZE This beautiful song that many may recognize (the tune anyway) as "Danny Boy" has some wonderful new lyrics that I find very moving. And the singer, Krysten Getty, is quite gifted. Give it a listen and remember that, on this St. Patrick's Day as any other, a good old Irish melody and some poignant … Continue reading An old tune with new words
We are frailWe are fearfully and wonderfully madeForged in the fires of human passionChoking on the fumes of selfish rageAnd with these our hells and our heavensSo few inches apartWe must be awfully smallAnd not as strong as we think we are. These words are from the song, "Not As Strong As We Think We … Continue reading Humility is required
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?