Do You Recognize The Voice Of The Shepherd?
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Peter is addressing slaves in the letter that we hear from him today (1 Peter 2:20-25). I found it striking because he tells them that they have not been called to be slaves, but to be like Christ. So if they are punished for doing something poorly then there is no…
The One You Cannot See Is With You, Always!
Dear Friends, It was embarrassing to hear the Catholic Governor of New York say of the pandemic: “The number is down because we brought the number down. God did not do that. Faith did not do that.” We did it, only us!! Another Governor, the fifth of the Roman province of Judea, was told: “You…
Locked Doors Didn’t Give The Apostles Peace, Only Christ!
Dear Brothers and Sisters, It was in the midst of two world wars that annihilated millions of people, Jesus Christ wanted his message of mercy to resound to all who needed to hear it. He did this through a humble young nun in Poland, St. Faustina Kowalska. It was in the 1930’s when Christ began…
They Embraced His Feet
Dear Friends, A friend of mine with a wife and six kids had his esophagus removed a week ago because of a tumor that had grown for many years. You thought you had problems. And in the hospital after the surgery the nurses were calling him “tangled” due to the amount of drains and IV’s…
I Cannot Curse God For Anything In My Life!
Dear Brothers and Sisters, St. Francis de Sales uses the images of bees many times in his renowned book called The Introduction to the Devout Life, a spiritual classic, that maybe you can read these days of seclusion. Did you know that on a windy day a bee will carry a pebble so that it…
Lord, Untie Us!
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Life is not the highest value. There are others that are higher: faith, charity, the possibility of giving your life for another. The history of the Church has given us tens of thousands of examples in every century: the early martyrs, Maximilian Kolbe, Thomas More, the martyrs of the Spanish Civil…
Irritation Often Leads To Enlightenment!
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Malcolm Muggeridge, a well-known British journalist and author, made a movie of Mother Teresa of Calcutta and he described filming the Home for the Dying in his book on this saint. He was worried because the lighting in that room was very poor and so they did some filming outside as…
If Only You Knew The Gift That God Wants To Give You!
Dear Brothers and Sisters, It is very strange not to do Sunday Masses in church and to see your faces. I hope this does not last too long. I would invite you to take this time as a gift from God to remind us of the fragility of life which we usually take for granted….
Remember The Gift You Received
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Welcome! We see in the second reading that Paul is in jail, close to death and he is writing what seems like his last will and testament to his disciple Timothy who is afraid. My guess is that Timothy is wondering what he will do in his life without Paul. Imagine…
Let The Spirit Lead Us This Lent!
Dear Brothers and Sisters, It is surprising to me how passive Jesus Christ is in the gospel of the temptations in the desert (Matthew 4: 1-11) on this First Sunday of Lent. He was led into the desert by the Holy Spirit and was tested by the devil. This is the same Spirit that blew…