“Doing My Simple Duty”

“Too many anxious Christians today think that their efforts to preach and teach and enter into outward activities can do more to save the world than the surrender of their souls to God, to become Christ-bearers. They fear that if the world goes on hurling itself into disaster, as it seems to be doing now, … Continue reading “Doing My Simple Duty”

“Life Can Change In A Minute”

Originally Posted April 21, 2021  I have a tendency to translate the current moment into the normal for the long term. If I’m having a “good day”, I think all my future days are going to be good…peaceful, sunny, healthy, happy. On the other hand, if I’m having a “bad day”, I can tend to … Continue reading “Life Can Change In A Minute”

“Happy Father’s Day”

“Father's Day is a holiday of honoring fatherhood, as well as the influence of fathers in society. In Catholic countries of Europe, it has been celebrated on March 19 as Saint Joseph’s Day since the Middle Ages. In the United States, Father's Day was founded by Sonara Smart Dodd, and celebrated on the third Sunday of June for the … Continue reading “Happy Father’s Day”

“Confiteor Deo Omnipotenti”

Originally Posted April 19, 2021 I was an altar server back in the late 1950’s. This was pre-Vatican II, so all the Mass responses were in Latin. To be honest I was not completely fluent in the responses.  I had the simple responses down… “Dominus Vobiscum (the Lord be with you)… responding, Et Cum Spiri Tu … Continue reading “Confiteor Deo Omnipotenti”

“Lord,Teach Us To Pray”

Today’s gospel reading was from Matthew 6:7-15,  where Jesus tells us how to pray; giving us “the Lord’s Prayer, the Our Father”. I would have liked to be a “fly on the wall” when Jesus spent the many nights in prayer with his heavenly Father. What a deep and personal and loving dialogue it must have been. Certainly … Continue reading “Lord,Teach Us To Pray”

“Listen Up”

 “I am so busy, I don't know how I ever found time to work.” I’ve heard this phrase from many retirees and even said it myself once or twice. Yet as I’ve been able to calm down a bit, having more time and quiet,  I’ve been able to think about life …. revisiting some things from my past and pondering the future.  "Silence" I … Continue reading “Listen Up”

“There’s Room For The Worst Sinner”

Humility is very dear to the heart of God. Humility is so powerful, it can cause God to change his mind. It seems that the worst person who repents before God with a humble heart will be given another chance.  Let’s recall the recent story of Ahab, the king of Israel. Ahab was not a good … Continue reading “There’s Room For The Worst Sinner”

“Our Next Career”

There’s a tendency as you get older to think you have accomplished all you’re going to accomplish…it’s all down hill from here… “sit back, relax, take a cruise…. reminisce about the good ole days.” Yet, a cursory look at many accomplished people will show that their greatest accomplishments happened during the later part of their … Continue reading “Our Next Career”

“Laugh Every Day”

Originally Posted April 6, 2021 Life is  hard when we’re sad. Yet, even Jesus had moment of sadness. He wept over the death of Lazarus. He certainly was in anguish in the Garden of Olives before his suffering and death on the cross. While Jesus had moments of sadness, he was never depressed.  What’s the difference? … Continue reading “Laugh Every Day”