Come Down Zacchaeus!


 

 

LOVE REVEALS ITSELF

HE was not a righteous man. He was a liar, a thief, and everyone knew it. Yet, in Zacchaeus, there was a hunger for the truth which sets us free, even if he did not know it. And so, when he heard that Jesus was passing by, he climbed a tree to catch a glimpse. 

Of all the hundreds, perhaps thousands that were following Christ that day, Jesus stopped at that tree.  

Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house. (Luke 19:5)

Jesus did not stop there because He found a worthy soul, or because he found a soul full of faith, or even a repentant heart. He stopped because His Heart was filled with compassion for a man who was out on a limb—spiritually speaking.

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More On Prayer

 

THE body constantly needs a source of energy, even for simple tasks such as breathing. So, too, the soul has essential needs. Thus, Jesus commanded us:

Pray always. (Luke 18:1)

The spirit needs the constant life of God, much the way grapes need to hang on the vine, not just once a day or on Sunday mornings for an hour. The grapes should be on the vine “without ceasing” in order to ripen to maturity.

 

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On Prayer



AS
the body needs food for energy, so too does the soul need spiritual food to climb the Mountain of Faith. Food is as important to the body as is breath. But what about the soul?

 

SPIRITUAL FOOD

From the Catechism:

Prayer is the life of the new heart. —CCC, n.2697

If prayer is the life of the new heart, then the death of the new heart is no prayer—just as lack of food starves the body. This explains why so many of us Catholics are not ascending the Mountain, not growing in holiness and virtue. We come to Mass every Sunday, drop two bucks in the basket, and forget about God the rest of the week. The soul, lacking spiritual nourishment, begins to die.

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The Mountain of Faith

 

 

 

PERHAPS you are overwhelmed by the plethora of spiritual paths you’ve heard and read about. Is growing in holiness really that complicated?

Unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matt18:3)

If Jesus commands us to be like children, then the path to Heaven must be reachable by a child.  It must be attainable in the simplest of ways.

It is.

Jesus said that we are to abide in Him as a branch abides on the vine, for without Him, we can do nothing. How does the branch abide on the vine?

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Video for Pope John Paul II

 
S O N G    F O R    K A R O L 

 
WHEN I met Pope Benedict in October of 2006,  I presented him a copy of Song For Karol which I had written the night Pope John Paul II died.

I recently finished a video tribute to the late Holy Father. Pope John Paul’s words and life have laid the foundation for the times which we live in. They have often inspired my writings and preaching. I often sense his presence very near me in my ministry…

The final words of this song are more urgent now than ever. Here is my tribute to Papa…

 

CLICK ON THE COVER TO SEE THE VIDEO

 

 

The Prodigal Hour


The Prodigal Son, by Liz Lemon Swindle

 

ASH WEDNESDAY

 

THE so-called “illumination of conscience” referred to by saints and mystics is sometimes called a “warning.” It is a warning because it will present a clear choice for this generation to either choose or reject the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ before a necessary judgment. The choice to either return home or remain lost, perhaps forever.

 

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The Birds and the Bees

 

OF significant note in the media is the alarming disappearance of honeybees (a harbinger of famine?). But there is another story that’s been brewing as well: the sudden disappearance of tens of millions of birds.

Nature is intimately tied to man insofar as he is its steward. When man no longer abides by God’s laws, this impacts nature as well, perhaps in ways we do not fully understand. 

So that said, the disappearance of the birds and the bees may indeed be a reflection of man’s disregard for… well, "the birds and the bees." The past forty years have been an unprecedented experiment with human sexuality which has led to an explosion of STD’s, abortion, and pornography.

We have destroyed the fundamental truths of "the birds and the bees." Is nature telling us something? 

 

How Cold is it in Your House?


War-torn district in Bosnia  

 

WHEN I visited former Yugoslavia just over a year ago, I was taken to a little make-shift village where war refugees were living. They came there by rail-car, fleeing the devastating bombs and bullets which still mark many of the apartments and businesses of Bosnia’s cities and towns.

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Prophetic Perspective — Part II

 

AS I prepare to write more of the vision of hope that’s been laid upon my heart, I want to share with you some very crucial words, to bring both the darkness and light into focus.

In Prophetic Perspective (Part I), I wrote how important it is for us to grasp the big picture, that prophetic words and images, though they bear a sense of imminence, carry broader meanings and often cover vast periods of time. The danger is that we become caught up in their sense of imminence, and lose perspective… that the will of God is our food, that we are to ask only for “our daily bread,” and that Jesus commands us not to be anxious about tomorrow, but to seek first the Kingdom today.

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