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A DAILY JOURNAL

Building the House of Peace

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter, May 5th, 2015

Liturgical texts here

 

ARE you at peace? Scripture tells us that our God is a God of peace. And yet St. Paul also taught that:

It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God. (Today’s first reading)

If so, it would seem that the life of the Christian is destined to be anything but peaceful. But not only is peace possible, brothers and sisters, it is essential. If you cannot find peace in the present and coming Storm, then you will be carried away by it. Panic and fear will dominate rather than trust and charity. So then, how can we find true peace when a war is raging all about? Here are three simple steps to building a House of Peace.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, SPIRITUALITY | on May 5th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

The Paris Miracle

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I thought the traffic in Rome was wild. But I think Paris is crazier. We arrived in the center of the French capital with two full cars for a dinner with a member of the American Embassy. Parking spaces that night were as rare as snow in October, so myself and the other driver dropped off our human cargo, and began to drive around the block hoping for a space to open up. That’s when it happened. I lost site of the other car, took a wrong turn, and all of a sudden I was lost. Like an astronaut untethered in space, I began to be sucked away into the orbit of constant, unending, chaotic streams of Parisian traffic.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SIGNS | on May 1st, 2015 | Comments Off on The Paris Miracle

A New Name…

 

IT’S hard to put into words, but it is the sense that this ministry is entering a new phase. I’m not sure I understand what it is even, but there is a deep sense that God is pruning and preparing something new, even if it is only interior.

As such, I feel compelled this week to make some minor changes here. I have given this blog, once called “Spiritual Food for Thought”, a new name, simply: The Now Word. This isn’t by any means a new title to readers here, as I have used it to refer to meditations on the Mass Readings. However, I feel it is an even more apt description of what I feel the Lord is doing… that the “now word” needs to be spoken—whatever the cost—with the time that is left.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, NEWS | on May 1st, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Come Away With Me

 

A couple of weeks before Easter, I began to hear a soft and irresistible word in my heart:

Come away with Me into the desert.

There is a gentle urgency to this invitation, as though “it is time” to enter a new place of intimacy with the Lord, if not something much more…

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SPIRITUALITY | on April 28th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

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: A DAILY JOURNAL | on April 24th, 2015 | 2 Comments »

Standing With Christ


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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: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on April 21st, 2015 | 2 Comments »

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: A DAILY JOURNAL, A RESPONSE | on April 10th, 2015 | 3 Comments »

You Are Lord!

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

Liturgical texts here

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

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS, MASS READINGS | on April 5th, 2015 | No Comments »

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: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS, MASS READINGS | on April 4th, 2015 | No Comments »

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: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS | on April 3rd, 2015 | 2 Comments »

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: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS, MASS READINGS | on April 3rd, 2015 | No Comments »

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: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, SPIRITUALITY | on April 1st, 2015 | No Comments »