Archive for June, 2015

Keeper of the Storm

for Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Opt. Memorial of The First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church

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“Peace Be Still” by Arnold Friberg


LAST week, I took some time off to take my family camping, something we rarely get to do. I set aside the Pope’s new encyclical, grabbed a fishing rod, and pushed away from shore. As I floated on the lake in a small boat, the words swam through my mind:

Keeper of the Storm…


Published in: HOME, PARALYZED BY FEAR | on June 30th, 2015 | 2 Comments »

The Hour of Lawlessness


A FEW days ago, an American wrote me in the wake of their Supreme Court’s decision to invent the right to same-sex “marriage”:

I have been weeping on and off a good part of this day… as I attempt to go to sleep I am wondering if you could help me understand just where we are in the timeline of events to come….

There are several thoughts on this that have come to me in the silence of this past week. And they are, in part, an answer to this question…


Published in: HOME, THE GREAT TRIALS | on June 29th, 2015 | 3 Comments »

Back To Eden?

Expulsion from the Garden of Eden
, Thomas Cole, c.1827-1828.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA


As I continue to meditate on Pope Francis’ new Encyclical on creation, this writing came to mind. First published March 4th, 2009…


SINCE mankind was barred from the Garden of Eden, he has longed for both communion with God and harmony with nature—whether man knows it or not. Through His Son, God has promised both. But through a lie, so has the ancient serpent.


Published in: HOME, SIGNS | on June 20th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Listening to Christ


NOT since Humanae Vitae has there perhaps been an encyclical letter that has generated more angst, more concern, more anticipation than Laudato si’. I have printed it off and will spend the weekend reading and meditating upon it.


Published in: HOME, FAITH AND MORALS | on June 19th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

The Testing

Gideon, sifting his men, by James Tissot (1806-1932)


As we prepare for the release of a new encyclical this week, my thoughts have been drifting back to the Synod and the series of writings I did then, particularly The Five Corrections and this one below. What I find most notable in this pontificate of Pope Francis, is how it is drawing, in one way or another, fears, loyalties, and the depth of one’s faith into the light. That is, we are in a time of testing, or as St. Paul says in today’s first reading, this is a time “to test the genuineness of your love.”

The following was published October 22nd, 2014 shortly after the Synod…


FEW fully grasp what took place over the past couple weeks through the Synod on Family Life in Rome. It was not just a gathering of bishops; not only a discussion on pastoral issues: it was a test. It was a sifting. It was the New Gideon, Our Blessed Mother, further defining her army…


Published in: HOME, THE GREAT TRIALS | on June 16th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Human Sexuality and Freedom – Part V


TRUE freedom is living each moment in the fullest reality of who you are.

And who are you? That is the aching, over-arching question that mostly eludes this present generation in a world where the elderly have misplaced the answer, the Church has fumbled it, and the media has ignored it. But here it is:


Published in: HOME, FAITH AND MORALS, HUMAN SEXUALITY & FREEDOM | on June 12th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Human Sexuality and Freedom – Part IV


As we continue this five part series on Human Sexuality and Freedom, we now examine some of the moral questions on what is right and what is wrong. Please note, this is for mature readers…




SOMEONE once said, “The truth will set you free—but first it will tick you off.”


Published in: HOME, FAITH AND MORALS, HUMAN SEXUALITY & FREEDOM | on June 9th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Human Sexuality and Freedom – Part III




THERE is a joy that we must rediscover as Christians today: the joy of seeing the face of God in the other—and this includes those who have compromised their sexuality. In our contemporary times, St. John Paul II, Blessed Mother Teresa, Servant of God Catherine de Hueck Doherty, Jean Vanier and others come to mind as individuals who found the capacity to recognize God’s image, even in the distressing disguise of poverty, brokenness, and sin. They saw, as it were, the “crucified Christ” in the other.


Published in: HOME, FAITH AND MORALS, HUMAN SEXUALITY & FREEDOM | on June 8th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

St. Raphael’s Little Healing

for Friday, June 5th, 2015
Memorial of St. Boniface, Bishop and Martyr

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St. Raphael, “Medicine of God”


IT was late dusk, and a blood moon was rising. I was entranced by its deep color as I wandered through the horses. I had just layed out their hay and they were quietly munching. The full moon, the fresh snow, the peaceful murmur of satisfied animals … it was a tranquil moment.

Until what felt like a bolt of lightning shot through my knee.


Published in: HOME, SIGNS, MASS READINGS | on June 5th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Human Sexuality and Freedom – Part II




THERE is something else that must be said about the creation of man and woman that was determined “in the beginning.” And if we don’t understand this, if we don’t grasp this, then any discussion of morality, of right or wrong choices, of following God’s designs, risks casting the discussion of human sexuality into a sterile list of prohibitions. And this, I am certain, would only serve to deepen the divide between the Church’s beautiful and rich teachings on sexuality, and those who feel alienated by her.


Published in: HOME, FAITH AND MORALS, HUMAN SEXUALITY & FREEDOM | on June 4th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

The Third Way

Loneliness by Hans Thoma (National Museum in Warsaw)


AS I sat down last night to finish writing Part II of this series on Human Sexuality and Freedom, the Holy Spirit put the brakes on. The grace was not there to continue. However, this morning as I resumed writing, an email came to me that put everything aside. It is a new documentary that summarizes the things I am writing you. While my series is not focused on homosexuality, but all forms of sexual expression, this short film is just too good not to share at this point.


Published in: HOME, FAITH AND MORALS | on June 3rd, 2015 | 2 Comments »

Human Sexuality and Freedom – Part I




There is a full-blown crisis today—a crisis in human sexuality. It follows in the wake of a generation that is almost entirely un-catechized on the truth, beauty, and goodness of our bodies and their God-designed functions. The following series of writings is a frank discussion on the subject that will cover questions regarding alternative forms of marriage, masturbation, sodomy, oral sex, etc. Because the world is discussing these issues everyday on radio, television and the internet. Does the Church have nothing to say on these matters? How do we respond? Indeed, she does—she has something beautiful to say.

“The truth will set you free,” Jesus said. Perhaps this is no more true than in matters of human sexuality. This series is recommended for mature readers…


Published in: HOME, FAITH AND MORALS, HUMAN SEXUALITY & FREEDOM | on June 2nd, 2015 | 1 Comment »