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A DAILY JOURNAL

Comfort in the Winds


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WHAT would it be like to stand in the winds of a hurricane as the eye of the storm approached? According to those who have been through it, there is a constant roar, debris and dust are flying everywhere, and you can barely keep your eyes open; it is hard to stand straight and keep one’s balance, and there is fear of the unknown, of what the storm could bring next in all the chaos.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on June 24th, 2016 | No Comments »

The House That Lasts

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
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St. Therese de Liseux, by Michael D. O’Brien

 

I wrote this meditation after visiting the house of St. Thérèse in France seven years ago. It is a reminder and warning to the “new architects” of our times that a house built without God is a house doomed to collapse, as we hear in today’s Gospel….

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SPIRITUALITY | on June 23rd, 2016 | Comments Off on The House That Lasts

That Pope Francis!… A Short Story

 

THAT Pope Francis!”

Bill slammed his fist on the table, turning a few heads in the process. Fr. Gabriel smiled wryly. “What now Bill?”

“Splash! Did you hear that?” Kevin quipped, leaning across the table, his hand cupped over his ear. “Another Catholic jumping over the Barque of Peter!”

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on June 20th, 2016 | 3 Comments »

So, You Saw Him Too?

brooksThe Man of Sorrows, by Matthew Brooks

  

A beautiful account has emerged from the present Middle East refugee crisis. Migrants attempting to sail across the stormy waters of the Aegean Sea to Greece recounted how Jesus appeared to them and calmed the seas. [1]cf. blog.godreports.com It reminded me of the following, that is both timely and encouraging…

 

IN my travels throughout Canada and the United States, I have been blessed to spend time with some very beautiful and holy priests—men who are truly laying down their lives for their sheep. Such are the shepherds whom Christ seeks these days. Such are the shepherds who must have this heart in order to lead their sheep in the coming days…

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE HARD TRUTH | on June 15th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Calling Down Mercy

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
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POPE Francis has thrown open wide the “doors” of the Church in this Jubilee of Mercy, which has passed the halfway mark as of last month. But we might be tempted to deep discouragement, if not fear, as we see not a repentance en masse, but the rapid degeneration of the nations into extreme violence, immorality, and really, a whole-hearted embrace of an anti-gospel.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, THE GREAT TRIALS | on June 14th, 2016 | No Comments »

Depending on Providence

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for June 7th, 2016
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Elijah SleepingElijah Sleeping, by Michael D. O’Brien

 

THESE are the days of Elijah, that is, the hour of a prophetic witness being called forth by the Holy Spirit. It is going to take on many facets—from the fulfillment of apparitions, to the prophetic witness of individuals who “in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation… shine like lights in the world.” [1]Phil 2:15 Here I am not speaking only of the hour of “prophets, seers, and visionaries”—though that is part of it—but of every day people like you and me.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, SPIRITUALITY | on June 7th, 2016 | No Comments »

The Good Shepherd’s Voice

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for June 6th, 2016
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TO the point: we are entering a period where the earth is plunging into a great darkness, where the light of truth is being eclipsed by the moon of moral relativism. In case one thinks such a statement is fantasy, I defer once again to our papal prophets:

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, THE GREAT TRIALS | on June 6th, 2016 | No Comments »

The Last Trumpet

trumpet by Joel Bornzin3The Last Trumpet, photo by Joel Bornzin

 

I have been shaken today, literally, by the voice of the Lord speaking in the depths of my soul; shaken by His inexpressible grief; shaken by the deep concern He has for those in the Church who have utterly fallen asleep.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, TRUMPETS OF WARNING! | on June 2nd, 2016 | No Comments »

Magnificat of the Woman

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 31st, 2016
Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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magnif4Visitation, by Franz Anton Pmaulbertsch (1724-1796)

 

WHEN this present and coming Trial is over, a smaller but purified Church will emerge in a more purified world. There will rise from her soul a song of praise… the song of the Woman, who is a mirror and hope of the Church to come.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY | on May 31st, 2016 | 3 Comments »

Is Jesus Really Coming?

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A friend connected to the underground Church in China told me of this incident not long ago:

Two mountain villagers descended into a Chinese city looking for a specific female leader of the underground Church there. This elderly husband and wife were not Christians. But in a vision, they were given the name of a woman they were to look for and deliver a message.

When they found this woman, the couple said, “A bearded man appeared to us in the sky and said we were to come tell you that ‘Jesus is returning.’

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE ERA OF PEACE | on May 27th, 2016 | No Comments »

Be Holy… in the Little Things

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 24th, 2016
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THE most daunting words in Scripture might be those in today’s first reading:

Be holy because I am holy.

Most of us look into the mirror and turn away with sadness if not disgust: “I am anything but holy. Furthermore, I will NEVER be holy!”

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, SPIRITUALITY | on May 24th, 2016 | No Comments »

The Age of Ministries is Ending

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THE events unfolding around the globe tend to set off a flurry of speculation and even panic among some Christians that now is the time to buy supplies and head for the hills. Without a doubt, the string of natural disasters around the globe, the looming food crisis with drought and the collapse of bee colonies, and the impending collapse of the dollar can not help but give pause to the practical mind. But brothers and sisters in Christ, God is doing something new among us. He is preparing the world for a tsunami of Mercy. He must shake old structures down to the foundations and raise new ones. He must strip away that which is of the flesh and reclothe us in His power. And He must place within our souls a new heart, a new wineskin, prepared to receive the New Wine He is about to pour out.

In other words,

The Age of Ministries is ending.

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on May 19th, 2016 | 2 Comments »