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The Temptation to be Normal

Alone in a Crowd 

 

I have been flooded with emails the past two weeks, and will do my best to respond to them. Of note is that many of you are experiencing an increase in spiritual attacks and trials the likes of never before. This does not surprise me; it is why I felt the Lord urging me to share my trials with you, to confirm and strengthen you and remind you that you are not alone. Furthermore, these intense trials are a very good sign. Remember, towards the end of World War II, that’s when the most fierce fighting took place, when Hitler became the most desperate (and despicable) in his warfare.

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Published in: | on April 24th, 2015 | Comments are Closed »

Standing With Christ


Photo by Al Hayat, AFP-Getty

 

THE past two weeks, I have taken time, as I said I would, to ponder my ministry, its direction, and my personal journey. I’ve received many letters in that time filled with encouragement and prayer, and I am truly grateful for the love and support of many brothers and sisters, most of whom I’ve never met in person.

I’ve asked the Lord a question: am I doing what you want me to do? I felt the question was essential. As I wrote in On My Ministry, the cancellation of a major concert tour has had a big impact on my ability to provide for my family. My music is akin to St. Paul’s “tent-making.” And since my first vocation is my beloved wife and children and the spiritual and physical provision of their needs, I had to stop for a moment and ask Jesus again what His will is. What happened next, I did not expect…

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Published in: | on April 21st, 2015 | 2 Comments are Closed »

On My Ministry

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THIS past Lent was a blessing for me to journey with tens of thousands of priests and laymen alike all over the world through the daily Mass meditations I wrote. It was exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. As such, I need to take some quiet time to reflect upon many things in my ministry and my own personal journey, and the direction God is calling me.

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Published in: | on April 10th, 2015 | 3 Comments are Closed »

You Are Lord!

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Easter Sunday, April 5th, 2015
The Resurrection of the Lord

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Oh Jesus! I love you Jesus!
YOU ARE LORD, THE RISEN LORD!

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Published in: | on April 5th, 2015 | Comments are Closed »

Come, Follow Me Into the Tomb

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Saturday of Holy Week, April 4th, 2015
Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

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SO, you are loved. It is the most beautiful message a fallen world could ever hear. And there is no religion in the world with so remarkable a testimony… that God Himself, out of a passionate love for us, has descended to earth, taken on our flesh, and died to save us.

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Published in: | on April 4th, 2015 | Comments are Closed »

Silencing the Prophets

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In memory of the prophetic witness
of the Christian martyrs of 2015

 

THERE is a strange cloud over the Church, especially in the Western world—one that is sapping the life and fruitfulness of the Body of Christ. And it is this: the inability to hear, recognize, or discern the prophetic voice of the Holy Spirit. As such, many are crucifying and sealing the “word of God” in the tomb all over again.

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Published in: | on April 3rd, 2015 | 2 Comments are Closed »

You Are Loved

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Friday of Holy Week, April 3rd, 2015
Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion

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YOU are loved.

 

Whoever you are, you are loved.

On this day, God declares in one solemn act that you are loved.

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Published in: | on April 3rd, 2015 | Comments are Closed »

The Stripping

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Thursday of Holy Week, April 2nd, 2015
Evening Mass of the Last Supper

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JESUS was stripped three times during His Passion. The first time was at the Last Supper; the second when they clothed Him in a military cloak; [1]cf. Matt 27:28 and the third time, when they hung Him naked upon the Cross. [2]cf. John 19:23 The difference between the last two and the first is that Jesus “took off his outer garments” Himself.

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1. cf. Matt 27:28
2. cf. John 19:23

Published in: | on April 1st, 2015 | Comments are Closed »

Seeing the Good

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Wednesday of Holy Week, April 1st, 2015

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READERS have heard me quote several popes [1]cf. Why Aren’t the Popes Shouting? who, over the decades have been warning, as Benedict did, that “the very future of the world is at stake.” [2]cf. On the Eve That led one reader to question whether I simply thought that the whole world was all bad. Here’s my answer.

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Published in: | on April 1st, 2015 | Comments are Closed »

The Only Fault that Matters

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Tuesday of Holy Week, March 31st, 2015

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Judas and Peter (detail from ‘The Last Supper”), by Leonardo da Vinci (1494–1498)

 

THE Apostles are aghast at being told that one of them would betray the Lord. Indeed, it is the unthinkable. So Peter, in a moment of indignation, perhaps even self-righteousness, begins to look his brothers over with suspicion. Lacking the humility to see into his own heart, he sets about finding the fault of the other—and even gets John to do the dirty work for him:

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Published in: | on March 31st, 2015 | Comments are Closed »

The Victors

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Monday of Holy Week, March 30th, 2015

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THE most remarkable thing about Our Lord Jesus is that He does not keep anything for Himself. He not only gives all glory to the Father, but then wills to share His glory with us to the extent that we become coheirs and copartners with Christ. [1]cf. Eph 3:6

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1. cf. Eph 3:6

Published in: | on March 30th, 2015 | Comments are Closed »

Why an Era of Peace?

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent, March 28th, 2015

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ONE of the most common questions I hear on the possibility of a coming “era of peace” is why? Why wouldn’t the Lord simply return, put an end to wars and suffering, and bring about a New Heavens and New Earth? The short answer is simply that God would have utterly failed, and Satan won.

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Published in: | on March 27th, 2015 | 1 Comments are Closed »