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Archive - October 2016

God’s Embrace

God’s Embrace

I learn so much from the saints. One of the graces I most appreciate of Rome is being able to visit so many of the tombs of these holy men and women who have gone before me and taught me how to madly love the Lord. This closeness to them has...

45 Day Challenge 4 Vocations

45 Day Challenge 4 Vocations

The 45 DAY CHALLENGE 4 VOCATIONS consists in making a commitment, a pledge to do one vocation-related action daily for 45 consecutive days. Looking at our vocation crunch, I asked myself, “What am I doing concretely to foster vocations?” The answer...

nothing-is-wasted soup

nothing-is-wasted soup

Cover me, Lord, with your loving kindness. Save me, as you have promised. Then I will answer those who taunt me, for I put my hope in what you have said. –Psalm 119: 41-41 So many of our problems do not go away overnight. Often, there they are...

Debating evil

Debating evil

Dear Grandpa Diff, Remember the Kennedy-Nixon debate?  It was the first on television and, naturally, the first I watched.  You were pretty old then; I believe it was the first and last televised debate you witnessed before going to you final reward...

God’s eyes

God’s eyes

God listens especially to the attitude with which we pray. To God it doesn’t matter who we are in the image of the world, but the fact that we are His son or daughter makes all the difference. He wants us to come to Him in this attitude, not pompous...

I Met A Disciple!

I Met A Disciple!

Last Saturday I was accompanying a group of high school boys and girls for a monthly service project. This first one of the year was visiting a local nursing home. On the back of their missions t-shirt was the quote in Spanish saying “Jesus calls...

Hold the fries

Hold the fries

The Catholic Church has faced many crises over the centuries. Persecution by unfriendly Roman emperors like Nero. The Crusades. The Inquisition. The Reformation Post-Vatican II confusion The sex abuse scandal. Through these and many other...

Prayer

Prayer

Today prayer is presented to us in the liturgy. We all need time to pray. Not just to ask God for things, but to build a loving trusting relationship with Him. Prayer is a battle and we must persevere in the battle. Moses has to hold up his arms in...