by Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo (d. 1970)
A few days ago, another strong wind passed through our area blowing half of our hay crop away. Then the past two days, a deluge of rain pretty much destroyed the rest. The following writing from earlier this year came to mind…
My prayer today: “Lord, I am not humble. O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart unto Thine…”
THERE are three levels of humility, and few of us get beyond the first. Continue reading
Dear brothers and sisters, the past two weeks here have been crazy. You read about the storm that hit us. An insurance agent called the damage here “catastrophic,” so we have a long recovery ahead. At the same time, I began inexplicably losing hearing in my left ear, I need a tooth pulled, and our family vehicle just had a major breakdown this past weekend costing thousands. Pretty crazy, eh? But through it all, this writing has been on my heart. The more we suffer, the more we need to surrender; the more we enter darkness, the more we must walk by faith; the more uncertain things become, the more we must turn to the Great Certainty: God the Father, who loves us unconditionally, and who allows suffering in order to purify and discipline us. That purification, in turn, empties us more and more so that we can be filled with Him that much more.
This week, our third daughter is getting married, which then brings us into hay season. So if my writings are sparse over the next few weeks, that is why. Also, thank you so much to everyone who donated this past week to our family to help with all that’s happened here. It’s hard for me at times, as “the provider” in my home, to rely on Divine Providence (ie. to be a “beggar”), but at the same time, it has helped me see just how much we are in God’s loving hands. Bless you and thank you…. and together, in your trials and mine, let us cultivate an Invincible Faith in Jesus.
First published May 31st, 2017.Continue reading
WHY are you sad? Is it because you have blown it again? Is it because you have many faults? Is it because you don’t meet “the standard”?Continue reading
A fresh blanket of snow. The quiet munching of the herd. A cat on a hay bale. It’s the perfect Sunday morning as I lead our milk cow into the barn.Continue reading
I thought I was a Christian, till He revealed myself to me
I protested and cried, “Lord, it cannot be.”
“Be not afraid, My child, it is necessary to see,
that to be My disciple, the truth must set you free.”Continue reading
IT is one of the most troubling if not discouraging Scriptures of all:Continue reading
It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct, hearing voices… —Joyce Behar, The View; foxnews.com
THAT was television host Joyce Behar’s conclusion to the assertion by a former White House staffer that U.S. Vice President Mike Pence claims that “Jesus tells him to say things.” Continue reading
WE do not see because we have eyes. We see because there is light. Where there is no light, the eyes sees nothing, even when fully open.Continue reading
Peace Be Still, by Arnold Friberg
FROM time to time, I receive letters like these:
Please pray for me. I am so weak and my sins of the flesh, especially alcohol, strangle me.
You could simply replace alcohol with “pornography”, “lust”, “anger” or a number of other things. The fact is that many Christians today feel swamped by the desires of the flesh, and helpless to change.Continue reading