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Archive for September, 2015

The Invisible Prayer

 

This prayer came to me before Mass this week. Jesus said that we are to be “the light of the world”, not hidden beneath a bushel basket. But it is precisely in becoming little, in dying to self, and in uniting oneself interiorly to Christ in humility, prayer, and total abandonment to His Will, that this Light shines forth.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SPIRITUALITY | on September 28th, 2015 | No Comments »

How Do You Hide a Tree?

 

“HOW do you hide a tree?” I thought for moment about my spiritual director’s question. “In a forest?” Indeed, he went on to say, “Likewise, Satan has raised a tumult of false voices in order to obscure the authentic voice of the Lord.”

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS | on September 26th, 2015 | No Comments »

The Hour of the Exiles

Syrian refugees, Getty Images

 

“A MORAL tsunami has swept through the world,” I said ten years ago to the parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Violet, Louisiana. “But there is another wave coming—a spiritual tsunami, which will sweep many people out of these pews.” Two weeks later, a 35 foot wall of water swept through that church as Hurricane Katrina roared ashore.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on September 24th, 2015 | No Comments »

Time To Get Serious!


“Pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain peace in the world… for she alone can save it.” —approved apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, July 13, 1917

 

IT is long overdue to take these words seriously… words which require some sacrifice and perseverance. But if you do, I believe you will experience a release of graces in your spiritual life and beyond…

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY | on September 23rd, 2015 | 1 Comment »

You Are Also Called

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Monday, September 21st, 2015
Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Liturgical texts here

 

THERE is a model of the Church today that is long overdue for an overhaul. And it is this: that the pastor of the parish is the “minister” and the flock are mere sheep; that the priest is the “go to” for all ministry needs, and the laity have no real place in ministry; that there are the occasional “speakers” who come to teach, but we are mere passive listeners. But this model is not only unbiblical, it is harmful to the Body of Christ.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS, MASS READINGS | on September 21st, 2015 | No Comments »

The Tour of Truth

 

It was a beautiful and extraordinary time of grace with my brothers and sisters in Louisiana. My thanks to all who worked so hard to bring us there. My prayers and love remain with the people of Louisiana. 

 

“Tour of Truth”

September 21: Encounter With Jesus, St. John of the Cross, Lacombe, LA USA, 7:00 pm

• September 22: Encounter With Jesus, Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Chalmette, LA USA, 7:00 pm

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Published in: NEWS | on September 19th, 2015 | No Comments »

The Scandal of Mercy

 
The Sinful Woman, by Jeff Hein

 

SHE wrote to apologize for being so rude.

We had been debating on a country music forum about excessive sexuality in music videos. She accused me of being rigid, frigid, and repressed. I, on the other hand, tried to defend the beauty of sexuality in sacramental marriage, of monogamy, and marital fidelity. I tried to be patient as her insults and anger mounted.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, TIME OF GRACE | on September 17th, 2015 | No Comments »

The Triumphs in Scripture

The Triumph of Christianity Over Paganism, Gustave Doré, (1899)

 

“WHAT do you mean that the Blessed Mother will “triumph”?” asked one puzzled reader recently. “I mean, the Scriptures say that out of the mouth of Jesus will come ‘a sharp sword to strike the nations’ (Rev 19:15) and that ‘the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and render powerless by the manifestation of his coming’ (2 Thess 2:8). Where do you see the Virgin Mary “triumphing” in all of this??”

A broader look at this question may help us understand not only what the “Triumph of the Immaculate Heart” means, but also, what the “Triumph of the Sacred Heart” is as well, and when they occur.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY | on September 11th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

An Ark Shall Lead Them

Joshua passing the River Jordan with the Ark of the Covenant by Benjamin West, (1800)

 

AT the birth of every new era in salvation history, an ark has led the way for the People of God.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY | on September 7th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Into the Deep

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
Memorial of St. Gregory the Great

Liturgical texts here

 

“MASTER, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing.”

Those are the words of Simon Peter—and the words of perhaps many of us. Lord, I have tried and tried, but my struggles remain the same. Lord, I have prayed and prayed, but nothing has changed. Lord, I have cried and cried, but there seems to be only silence… what is the use? What is the use??

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, SPIRITUALITY | on September 3rd, 2015 | No Comments »