Category: Faith/Spirituality

Holy Thursday: A marriage proposal. How will you respond?

Holy Thursday is when Jesus instituted the Eucharist, but did you know that he was secretly asking the Apostles to marry him? This sounds crazy, but I promise I didn’t make it up. The first time I heard about this was from Mike Donehy, the lead singer of Tenth Avenue North, in this video.

Confession: the only stream that satisfies

“Father, forgive me for I have sinned.  It has been two weeks since my last confession.” I fidget in my chair for a moment, playing with the black skirt of my postulant uniform, and glance up at the picture on the opposite wall. It is an extreme close up of one of my favorite bible…

Humility: How Jesus and Saint Francis Turned My Life Upside Down

What is true humility? Our culture tells us not to be doormats, not to let others walk all over us. Christ tells us to turn the other cheek and to rejoice in the face of persecution.  

On day twenty-three of Rediscover Jesus, Matthew Kelly, after hinting at the radical surrender that Jesus call us to, says in a more blatant way that he actually wants to turn our entire lives upside down. Jesus never wants us to get comfortable or complacent, so he likes to shake things up once in a while! More than anything, he loves turning upside down the world’s values, our plans and how we relate to one another. In other words, he wants to humble us, he wants the last to be first, and the first to be last.

Christ the King: King of Hearts, King of the Universe

Praise be to Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe! The Feast of Christ the King, which we celebrate today, is a fairly recent addition to the liturgical calendar.  It was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925.  The encyclical Quas Primas (On the Feast of Christ the King), explains the reasons for establishing…

Heaven: its a party you don't want to miss! Come to the Wedding Feast.

Everyone has their own concept of heaven. What do the scriptures tell us awaits for us in the afterlife? A Wedding Feast! The Father has prepared a wedding banquet with food and drink that satisfies our deepest hunger.  The Father begs us to come to the feast.  He has prepared the choicest food and has…

Those Crazy Catholics Are At It Again: Marian Consecration

As Catholics we do some pretty weird things.  We eat flesh and blood as the central act of our worship.  We venerate the body parts of Holy people.   We walk around one day a year with ashes on our foreheads. But the thing that most non-Catholics do not get is our love for Mary.…

Freedom: what is it and are we living it?

Freedom has become such an ideal that it is almost idolized. Have we lost sight of freedom’s true meaning? Tomorrow we celebrate Independence Day.  I would like to offer you some points to meditate on while preparing for this holiday.
In light of our unhealthy obsession with autonomy and individualism, why are we celebrating independence and division?

Do not be afraid: learning to trust in God

“…Fear no one…do not be afraid…so do not be afraid…” We get it Jesus! He tells us not to fear 3 times in 7 verses and this is just a small taste of how many times some version of “do not by afraid” appears in scripture. Why? What are we so afraid of? The same…

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