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!
Audrey Assad's song, I Shall Not Want, is beautiful, including her amazing lyrics. Part, "Litany of Humility," part 23rd Psalm, part Lord's Prayer, it is fitting for our time. Well, it's really timeless. Through the ages people have always grappled with their egos, their desire to be noticed, praised, given credit. But we are not … Continue reading I Shall Not Want
I applaud and defend peaceful protests. And many times, as in the case of George Floyd's death, they are justified. Speaking up out of desperation is certainly understandable. And peaceful protests to right a wrong or shine a light on an injustice have long been a part of our country's history. Mr. Floyd himself was … Continue reading Reflection for today
"I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.” - Jesus This quote is part of our Gospel reading for today. It's excerpted from a long discourse that John features after the Last Supper. Jesus … Continue reading Darkness and light
I've blogged about the Divine directive, "Be still (and know that I am God.)" I've also shared another lovely song based on that Psalm . But this new song by Hope Darst is just a beautiful reminder that the stillness in knowing who God is will quite naturally, (spiritually?), lead us to be brave, to … Continue reading Peace Be Still
A dear friend 'nominated me' for the 6 days "Life is Good" challenge on Facebook last week. I usually abstain from those types of things because I am not always diligent in doing the 'however many days' a challenge requires. But this was about posting things that give you joy and so I thought, "6? … Continue reading The Challenge
Well, it's 40 days since the Resurrection. Jesus is risen! Alleluia! The tomb was empty and many were confused and upset by this event. What did it mean? The apostles knew what it meant because Jesus appeared to them multiple times after He rose from the dead and they had plenty of conversations. But now, … Continue reading Thoughts on Ascension Thursday
Today's Gospel reading is from John, Chapter 15. Here's a memorable line from that lovely book: "This is my commandment: love one another as I love you." - Jesus It's a command, not a suggestion or a 'guide for your life.' It's what Jesus expects of us and rightly so. He suffered and died for … Continue reading What is expected of us?
Today's Gospel reading is from the Book of John, Chapter 10. Jesus says the wonderful words, "My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me." I love how Jesus says that with such confidence. He's counting on us. He tells the Pharisees that "No one can take them out of my hand." … Continue reading The Lord is my Shepherd
We're all going through trying times right now. And, as is the way of the world, someone always is enduring a trial. Actually, lots of someones. We carry crosses and we wonder why? Whether it's the loss of a loved one or an illness within our own bodies, or maybe it's something emotional or psychological … Continue reading I Know…