Wisdom Transforms Rules to Discipline

One of the most difficult realities I’ve had to face as an adult, as a priest, as a husband, and as a father is waking up to the reality of the complexity of each human person I encounter, including myself. This continuous process of discovery has me regularly seeing places of spiritual progress and immaturity in my heart first of all. All leading to the unmistakable conclusion that the taming of the…

Faith Isn’t Do It Yourself

Asking for help isn’t really my strong suit. Frankly, I hate doing it. And I hate doing it not because of pride or ego, but because of fear. I’m afraid of appearing weak. I’m afraid of being vulnerable. And yet, most of the times in my life where I’ve finally overcome my fear and asked for help, I was glad I did, even when the other person said ‘No!” There’s something truly…

A Heavenly Citizen

“This world is not my home. I’m just a’passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door. And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.” That’s an old spiritual that I use to sing as a boy in church. And it strikes me now as a wonderful and terrible song. Wonderful in the sense that it preserves the Christian hope…

All Scripture Is Inspired By God!

I never will forget the first time I heard the phrase “paper pope.” Frankly, it both startled and offended me. But I couldn’t figure out just why. I was still a Protestant at the time and was in a conversation with another Evangelical that was on his way out of the Protestant world. He was confronting me with the dilemma he was facing in his research into the history of Christian theology…

True Friend

Ralph Waldo Emerson once suggested that the greatest invention of humanity is friendship. But Emerson is mistaken. Friendship isn’t man’s invention. It is God’s. And a man is truly rich indeed when he has friends! That makes the current pandemic of loneliness all the more terrible and soul-crushing for this generation. We weren’t meant for loneliness. No matter how hard we try to hide it, our hunger for intimacy, relationships, and communion…

Christ IS Baptized

All of us come to moments in our lives that turn out to be crossroads in our future. Many times we can see these moments coming, like a marriage proposal, or that first purchase of a home, or career advancement, some (maybe even many) of these moments sneak up on us and surprise us with their importance even years after the event. I can think of several moments in my life that,…

Good News? It Depends

OK, I’ve got good news and bad news, and, it turns out it’s the same news. Confused? Don’t be. One man’s Good News is another man’s bad news, and, as usual, it depends on the condition of your desires and your perspective. Take the financial markets, for instance. When bonds are cheap and the market is down, some folks think it’s a disaster while others are making money. It just depends on how…

Have You Seen God?

Christ is born! “To Make the Invisible Visible.” These were the words of a catechist to a catechumen when he was asked why would God become a man? The Christian Faith is unique among all world religions in this mystery of God in the Flesh. Oh, to be sure some religions have gods they can see, and other religions insist their god can never be seen, even going so far as to…

The Kingdom Is At Hand!

Alexander Graham Bell once said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” And that is so very true. Why do you think the Church always has us prepare for the great Feasts of the Faith with a time of fasting and preparation? Because you truly miss the depths and profound wisdom of these feast days without a period of time of intense and purposeful attentiveness. Because of this, the great…

Happy New Year!

May God bless and keep you and your family at the beginning of this New calendar Year. As we say at the beginning of the Church Year on September 1st: “You who created all things in Your infinite wisdom, and set the times by Your own authority, grant Your Christian people victories. Blessing our comings and goings throughout this year, guide our works according to Your divine will.” Start the New Year…