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On Being Faithful

LENTEN RETREAT 2016
DAY 3

 

Dear friends, this is not the meditation I had planned for today. However, I have been dealing with one little crisis after another for the past two weeks and, in truth, have been writing these meditations after midnight, averaging only four hours sleep a night the past week. I am exhausted. And so, after putting out several little fires today, I prayed about what to do—and this writing came immediately to mind. It is, for me, one of the most important “words” on my heart this past year, as it has helped me through so many trials by simply reminding myself to “be faithful.” To be certain, this message is an important part of this Lenten Retreat. Thanks for understanding.

I apologize that there is no podcast for today… I’m simply out of gas, as it’s almost 2am. I have an important “word” on Russia that I will publish shortly… something I’ve been praying about since last summer. Thanks for your prayers…

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, LENTEN RETREAT | on February 12th, 2016 | No Comments »

The Necessity of Faith

LENTEN RETREAT 2016
DAY 2

 

NEW! I am now adding podcasts to this Lenten Retreat (including yesterday). Scroll to the bottom to listen through the media player.

 

BEFORE I can write further, I sense Our Lady saying that, unless we have faith in God, nothing in our spiritual lives will change. Or as St. Paul put it…

…without faith it is impossible to please Him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Heb 11:6)

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, LENTEN RETREAT | on February 11th, 2016 | No Comments »

Breaking History

LENTEN RETREAT 2016
DAY 1
ASH WEDNESDAY

corp2303_Fotorby Commander Richard Brehn, NOAA Corps

 

NEW! Scroll to the bottom for the podcast of this writing.

 

WE are living in extraordinary times.

And in the midst of them, here you are. No doubt, you probably feel powerless in the face of the many changes taking place in our world—an insignificant player, a person with little to no impact on the world around you, let alone the course of history. Perhaps you feel as though you are tied to the rope of history and being dragged behind the Great Ship of Time, tossing and turning helplessly in its wake. That, my friend, is precisely what Satan would have you, me, and every Christian believe, and so, lead us into the bondage of fear, anxiety, and self-preservation. Into a spiritually neutered existence. But he knows better. He knows that if you truly understand who you are in Christ, and that if you begin to live in a relationship with God that is authentic, sincere, and total, that you will become like the bow of the Ship. That your life—even if it is lived cloistered in a convent hidden away from the world—will make history in ways that perhaps can only be understood in eternity.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, LENTEN RETREAT | on February 9th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

A Lenten Retreat with Mark

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DURING this “retreat” time this past week, the words “Colossians 2:1” flashed in my heart one morning.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SPIRITUALITY | on February 5th, 2016 | No Comments »

Madness!

madness2_Fotorby Shawn Van Deale

 

THERE is no other word to describe what is happening in our world today: madness. Sheer madness. Let us call a spade a spade, or as St. Paul says,

Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness; rather expose them… (Eph 5:11)

…or as St. John Paul II bluntly stated:

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SIGNS | on February 2nd, 2016 | No Comments »

A Tale of Five Popes and a Great Ship

 

THERE once was a Great Ship that sat in the spiritual harbour of Jerusalem. Its Captain was Peter with eleven Lieutenants at his side. They had been given a Great Commission by their Admiral:

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on January 29th, 2016 | 5 Comments »

Your Letters on Pope Francis


Photos courtesy of Reuters

 

THERE are many emotions sweeping through the Church in these days of confusion and trial. What is of primary importance is that we remain in communion with one another—being patient with, and bearing one another’s burdens—including the Holy Father. We are in a time of sifting, and many do not realize it (see The Testing). It is, I dare say, a time to choose sides. To choose whether we will trust Christ and the teachings of His Church… or to trust in ourselves and our own “calculations”. For Jesus placed Peter at the head of His Church when He gave him the keys of the Kingdom and, three times, instructed Peter: “Tend My sheep.” [1]John 21:17 Thus, the Church teaches:

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS | on January 25th, 2016 | No Comments »

Pope in a Hurry?

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for January 22nd, 2016
Opt. Memorial of St. Vincent
Liturgical texts here

 

WHEN Jesus came upon Zacchaeus, a tax collecting thief, He asked to dine with him. In an instant, the narrowness of heart of the throngs was revealed. They despised Zacchaeus and scorned Jesus for making such a vague, ambiguous, scandalous gesture. Shouldn’t Zacchaeus be condemned? Isn’t Jesus sending the message that sin is okay? Likewise, Pope Francis’ call to acknowledge, first the dignity of the person and become truly present to others, is perhaps revealing our own narrowness of heart. For we have been firmly told that it is no longer enough to sit at our computers and Facebook nice Catholic links; it is not enough to hide in our rectories between homilies; it is not enough to say “God bless you,” and ignore the wounds, hunger, loneliness and pain of our brothers and sisters. This, at least, is how one Cardinal saw it.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS | on January 23rd, 2016 | No Comments »

Striking God’s Anointed One

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for January 22nd, 2016
Liturgical texts here


Saul attacking David, Guercino (1591-1666)

 

THERE is a Scripture that has been in the back of my mind all week, and it so happens that it is today’s first Mass reading. It has everything to do with the often irreverent and crude criticism of Pope Francis, by fellow Catholics, that has emerged in growing force these days.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on January 22nd, 2016 | No Comments »

Did Pope Francis Promote a One World Religion?

 

FUNDAMENTALIST websites were quick to declare:

“POPE FRANCIS RELEASES A ONE WORLD RELIGION PRAYER VIDEO SAYING ALL FAITHS THE SAME”

An “end times” news website claims:

“POPE FRANCIS MAKES PROCLAMATION FOR A ONE WORLD RELIGION”

And ultra-conservative Catholic websites declared that Pope Francis is preaching “HERESY!”

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS | on January 19th, 2016 | 2 Comments »

The Virtue of Persistence

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for January 11th – 16th, 2016
Liturgical texts here

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THIS call “out of Babylon” into the desert, into the wilderness, into asceticism is truly a call into battle. For to leave Babylon is to resist temptation and to break at last with sin. And this presents a direct threat to the enemy of our souls. Read more… »

Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, SPIRITUALITY | on January 16th, 2016 | No Comments »

The Desert Path

 

THE desert of the soul is that place where consolation has dried up, the flowers of delightful prayer have wilted, and the oasis of God’s presence seems but a mirage. At these times, you may feel as though God no longer approves of you, that you are falling away, lost in the vast wilderness of human weakness. When you try to pray, the sands of distraction fill your eyes, and you may feel utterly lost, completely abandoned… helpless. 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SPIRITUALITY | on January 14th, 2016 | No Comments »