Are We Doing Black Friday? Really?

The day after Thanksgiving in the US is often called “Black Friday.” It use to be the day that merchants were “in the black” for the year and they saw the rest of the year up to Christmas as their time to make a profit for the year. But marketers learned many years ago that they can drive a lot of us to stores for the busy holiday season by putting on…

Giving Thanks!

It’s Thanksgiving Day in The US. The tradition of Thanksgiving started early in our nation’s history as a way for us to set aside one day to be grateful to God for the blessings we receive through the year. Of course, this is a common theme throughout human history when a society wakes up from the destruction of selfishness to the absolute necessity of gratitude. This year’s Thanksgiving may look a little…

Ready For the Bridegroom!

The notice I received had this heading: Attention as a Cultural Problem and the Possibilities of Education. It was a notice of a lecture being held at a major university and it certainly caught my attention. One of the most consisted messages in all the writings of the Fathers is the absolute need for attentiveness to central truths. And one of the key weapons used against us in our spiritual growth is…

Learning How to Die to Death!

One of the most fundamental marks of maturity is the clear and unmistakable realization that actions have consequences. Ideas have consequences because they become actions. And avoiding consequences is always a sign of immaturity. No wonder our modern world is struggling, as it has always struggled, with the consequences of ideologies and actions. And we see it everywhere. From the sad state of affairs in the war-torn Middle East to our very…

Our Eternal Kingdom IS A Person!

Through all of human history, humanity has conceived of the “perfect” society and each time we humans have endeavored to build it, it turned out to either fail or become a nightmare. In 1787, the Founding Fathers of the United States met in Independence Hall in Philadelphia to hammer out the Constitution of the United States, the governing document of the nation. When a lady asked Benjamin Franklin outside the Hall “Well, Doctor,…

Our God is a Consuming Fire!

It was insulting. It was hurtful. And, to make matters worse, it wasn’t fair. I was shocked when someone I truly cared about started saying some very hurtful things about me to someone else. I guess my ego was so big that I believed no one would ever do such a thing to me. But that was a fault I had to get over. If the first lie ever told was a…

A Thief in the Night!

He loved scaring me. I had a buddy of mine who thought it was hilarious to sneak up behind me and yell as loud as he could. Of course, I’d jump two feet off the ground and he’d just laugh and laugh. After I stopped shaking, I’d laugh with him. It was fun. After a while though, I started expecting it and he didn’t scare me anymore. That’s what happens when you’re…

Is Your Life Chaste and Holy?

The word Holy means “set apart for a specific and exclusive use.” Something or someone who is holy is singularly dedicated to a single purpose and action. No wonder the Church gives us the gift of marriage as an icon of faithfulness and dedication to teach us about our true purpose in belonging only to Jesus. Being faithful is the whole purpose of the Christian’s life. And the only way to be…

A Common Motivation

George Elliot once said “Selfish, a judgement readily passed by those who have never tested their power of sacrifice.” That’s so true. Most of the times of selfishness in my own life flow from those moments when I was afraid that I’d disappear if I truly gave of myself. Of course, those are also the times when I felt most alone. And then there were times when I selfishly praised myself for…

Meant To Make You Jealous!

Are you the jealous type? I guess with me, it all depends. I am jealous of my time. I am jealous of my schedule. But other than that, I can’t say I really struggle with jealousy. Oh wait, if I’m honest, I do have to admit I do get jealous when someone is being recognized for their work and they forget to mention me! That’s so embarrassing to admit. But I do…