Life or Judgement? You Decide

Christ is risen! One of the oldest manuscripts we have for the earliest days of the Christian Faith outside the Gospels is the Didache or “The Teaching of the 12 Apostles.” This ancient writing dates from the First Century A.D. and begins with an intriguing phrase: “There are two ways, one of life and one of death, and there is a great difference between these two ways.” It seems this basic wisdom of two…

True Communion

Christ is risen! St. Maximus the Confessor says “Food is not evil, but gluttony is. Childbearing is not evil, but fornication is. Money is not evil, but avarice is. Glory is not evil, but vainglory is. Indeed, there is no evil in existing things, but only in their misuse.” So, the evil one only wants to get you to misuse the good and make it a detriment to your soul! And this…

God Doesn’t Condemn You

Christ is risen! The famous author J.K. Rowling once said: “I’m interested in that drive, that rush to judgment, that is so prevalent in our society. We all know that pleasurable rush that comes from condemning, and in the short term it’s quite a satisfying thing to do, isn’t it?” And she’s right! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve ranted and raved at the TV news reports, or some post…

Sort Out Your Priorities!

Christ is risen! My mother had a famous saying to me and my brother when we were little. It usually came out when we didn’t want to do something like clean our rooms or do other chores. Usually, it was because I either wanted to keep playing or watch TV. But then, the depth charge comment would appear! “You can do what you want to do WHEN you do what you have…

Bright Friday – No Wonder the Water Is Hot!

Christ is risen! “What would Jesus do?” That phrase was popular a few years ago, and I confess to being amused by this fad of “easy religion.” One of the main reasons was that the life of Jesus is not easily categorized as the comfortable “Jesus” we moderns would prefer. You know the “Jesus” I’m talking about: The “meek” Jesus that pats everyone on the head and tells them they are “OK,…

Bright Thursday – The Wind of the Holy Spirit

Christ is risen! Ah, the beauties of Springtime! And the hay fever! For those of us susceptible to the reign of terror that is pollen season; the watery eyes, the stuffy nose, basically all the bad stuff on all the commercials we see for medicine to combat this scourge of this wonderful season; we love and hate this time of year! Especially when the wind is blowing around all that yellowish-green pollen…

Bright Wednesday – What Do YOU Seek?

Christ is risen! “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” As I’ve had to shelter in place during this beautiful time of year, I confess, I’ve been tempted with despair but then I read the rest of the quote and I refuse to allow the temporary to drown out the Song of the Resurrection in my heart! This startling quote from…

Bright Tuesday – Known In The Breaking of the Bread

Christ is risen! “Now I recognize you!” He was an old friend from High School, and, for the life of me, I couldn’t remember the face UNTIL he made that facial expression he use to make at lunchtime that made us fall on the floor laughing! I love moments like that when the “AHA” moment comes and clarity arrives! It is such a reassuring feeling that maybe I haven’t really lost my…

Bright Monday – Know God Face to Face

Christ Is Risen! What joy! What happiness! What a celebration! Words fail. Songs sung over and over again still cry out for more! Death is conquered by the Unconquered Son. O what news! The whole earth basks in the glow of the Victory of Christ over death! No more fear! No more night! The Son has dawned and there are no dead left in the grave! It all sounds like so much…

Christ Destroys Death by Dying – Holy Friday

On this Holy Friday: Let us pray to the Lord, O God and Father: How can the light of the sun pierce the terrible darkness of this day and its events? Your only Son, the true light, in the darkness of his ordeal, was pleased to embrace in his humanity the sufferings he could not endure in his divinity. And to what purpose, if not to prove that he considered us worthy…