Echoes of Warning…



THERE were a few times this past week when I was preaching, that I was suddenly overwhelmed. The sense I had was as if I were Noah, shouting from the ramp of the ark: "Come in! Come in! Enter into the Mercy of God!"

Why do I feel this way? I cannot explain it… except that I see storm clouds, pregnant and billowing, moving quickly on the horizon.

FROM today’s talk at the Okotoks Teacher’s Faith Days:

“As I have traveled throughout Canada, it has become clear: what makes a school “Catholic” is not the name bolted to the side of the school; neither is it the religious policy statement of the school district; nor is it the spiritual programs initiated by the school board or principal. What makes schools truly Catholic––truly Christian––is the spirit of Jesus living in the staff and students.”

WHERE is the cure to cancer??

    “I provided it,” said the Lord. “But the person to find it was aborted.”

TO ENTER into the cenacle of the world–the shopping mall–is to my heart, what cement boots are to a jogger.

Time — Is It Speeding Up?



TIMEis it speeding up? Many believe it is. This came to me while meditating:

An MP3 is a song format in which the music is compressed, and yet the song sounds the same and is still the same length. The more you compress it, however, even though the length remains the same, the quality begins to deteriorate.

So too, it seems, time is being compressed, even though the days are the same length. And the more they are compressed, the more there is a deterioration in morals, nature, and civil order.

BLESSED are the poor in spirit.

Sometimes, one is so poor, weakness is all there is to offer: “O Jesus, this is what I am, nothing but weakness and poverty. This is all I have to give you that’s truly mine. But even this I give you.”

And Jesus replies, “A humble and contrite heart I will not spurn.”
(Psalm 51)

“This is the one whom I approve: the lowly and broken man who trembles at my word.” (Isaiah 66:2)

“On high I dwell, and in holiness, and with the crushed and dejected in spirit.” (Isaiah 57:15)

“the Lord listens to the needy and does not spurn his servants in their chains.” (Psalm 69:34)

WHY can’t we give ourselves completely to God? Why don’t we make holiness our one pursuit? Why do we cling to this or that thing, knowing we would be happier if we let it go?

We must answer this. And when we do, we should place the truth before Him, and let it begin to set us free.


FAR from “stealing Christ’s thunder”

Mary is the lightning

which illuminates The Way.




FAR from "stealing Christ’s thunder"

Mary is the lightning

which illuminates The Way.

I AM in the desert.

But it’s like the desert at night, when the moon rises over the dunes,
and a billion stars fill the sky.
It is quiet, and cool… but the thin light of the heavens,
and the moonlit Host of daily Mass,
make the burning sands bearable and the vast emptiness
an invisible void.