Belle, and Training for Courage



SHE’s my horse. She’s adorable. She tries so hard to please, to do the right thing… but Belle is scared of just about everything. Well, that makes two of us.

You see, almost thirty years ago, my only sister was killed in a car accident. From that day on, I began to be afraid of just about everything: afraid to lose those I love, afraid to fail, afraid that I wasn’t pleasing God, and the list goes on. Over the years, that underlying fear has continued to unfold in so many ways… afraid that I might lose my spouse, afraid my kids might be hurt, afraid that those close to me don’t love me, afraid of debt, afraid that I’m always making the wrong decisions… In my ministry, I’ve been afraid to lead others astray, afraid to fail the Lord, and yes, afraid too at times of the billowing black clouds quickly gathering over the world.


Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, PARALYZED BY FEAR | on May 20th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

The Paralyzed Soul


THERE are times when trials are so intense, temptations so fierce, emotions so embroiled, that recollection is very difficult. I want to pray, but my mind is spinning; I want to rest, but my body is reeling; I want to believe, but my soul is wrestling with a thousand doubts. Sometimes, these are moments of spiritual warfare—an attack by the enemy to discourage and drive the soul into sin and despair… but permitted nonetheless by God to allow the soul to see its weakness and constant need for Him, and thus draw nearer to the Source of its strength.


Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SPIRITUALITY | on May 18th, 2015 | 5 Comments »

Remain in Me

for Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter, May 8th, 2015

Liturgical texts here


IF you are not at peace, ask yourself three questions: Am I in the will of God? Am I trusting Him? Am I loving God and neighbour in this moment? Simply, am I being faithful, trusting, and loving? (see Building the House of Peace) Whenever you lose your peace, go through these questions like a checklist, and then realign one or more aspects of your mindset and behavior in that moment saying, “Ah, Lord, I am sorry, I have stopped abiding in you. Forgive me and help me to begin again.” In this way, you will steadily build a House of Peace, even in the midst of trials.


Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE ERA OF PEACE | on May 8th, 2015 | 2 Comments »

Building the House of Peace

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.


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

The Paris Miracle


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.


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.


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…


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.


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

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…


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

On My Ministry



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.


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

You Are Lord!

for Easter Sunday, April 5th, 2015
The Resurrection of the Lord

Liturgical texts here



Oh Jesus! I love you Jesus!


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

Come, Follow Me Into the Tomb

for Saturday of Holy Week, April 4th, 2015
Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

Liturgical texts here


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.


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