All Who Wander Aren’t Lost

Have you ever heard of the story of the donkey who saved a prophet’s life by talking to him? And you thought your dreams were strange! Seriously, this powerful story in the First Testament is worth your time! Read the whole story in Numbers 22. To make a long story short, Balaam is something of a prophet and some enemies of the Jews in the area want to hire him to curse…

Emotionally Moved But Not Changed

You’ve seen the bumper sticker “Practice Random Acts of Kindness.” I confess I’ve seen them all over and my reaction to this altruistic admonition ranges (depending on my mood) from mild annoyance to a twinge of guilt. But rarely does this bumper sticker psychology move me to action. But, hey, that’s the weakness of a bumper sticker mindset! And yet, I click on the stories and watch the viral videos of the…

Taste Suffering SO THAT You Can Taste Glory

Sometimes, the scriptures say things that really unsettle me. But I’ve learned when that happens, that’s a clue that I am approaching a place in my own heart that needs attention. And it’s beginning to dawn on me that most of the time I am unsettled by the wisdom of the Faith it’s because this wisdom is touching on suffering. Take, for example, this quote from St. Isaac the Syrian: If you would…

Folly Or the Power of God

“Father, give us a word.” The young men sat in the cell of the holy elder and longed to hear his wisdom for their lives. As the elder spoke, the men’s hearts burned with joy and revelation. The elder then turned and asked each one of the young men what they thought about what he had said. And, in turn, they all spoke about what they thought the elder meant when he…

Consider Jesus

Ever thought about giving up? Yeah, I know. What time is it? I confess to struggling with this temptation all the time. And the temptation to give up seems to come in all sorts of shapes and sizes; from small things to big things. Plus, it seems we live in a modern culture that celebrates and even encourages “giving up.” The “easy path” of abandoning that which is hard flows from the…

It’s Witchcraft!

What is it about magic that we humans love? I mean we can’t look into any era of history and not see “magicians,” slight of hand tricks, illusions, and even attempts at mimicking miracles. We are fascinated by magic. And that’s not, necessarily, a bad thing. After all, it’s good for our ego to have it challenged by amazing things that we can’t explain. Else we would start believing (wrongly) that the…

I Opposed Him to His Face

Sometimes it’s inevitable; that clash of strong willed people. And, to be honest, it’s a good thing IF you have the discernment to mine the gold in such events! Ronald Reagan once said ” Peace is not the absence of conflict. It is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.” And that’s right on the money. The truth is conflict is unavoidable IF you actually hold to timeless principles. The inevitable…

Hearing and Then Keeping

I was watching a well known leadership teacher speak recently (I like to keep up with this world since I find this both helpful and cautionary) and he was commenting about the necessity of making decisions to change. And he used some commonly heard excuses about why someone doesn’t live up to their potential: “I am not a leader. Then CHANGE and become a leader!” I get where he’s coming from and…

Where Is Society Headed?

    Don’t miss an all new Faith Encouraged LIVE Sunday at 8 PM! Our guests will be Wesley J. Smith of the Discovery Institute and Bobby Schindler of the Terri Schiavo Network for Life. They will join Fr. Barnabas and discuss the current state of Medical Ethics here and around the world as society is manipulated to accept killing as medicine! And our conversation is going to include you! Call in…

What Is Your Name?

When I was a boy of 7 years old, I had my tonsils removed. Up until that time, I was a bit of a sickly kid and skinny as a rail! What I remember most about having my tonsils removed was all the ice cream I could eat after surgery! What a treat! But, interestingly enough, that also marked my life-long struggle with my weight! Isn’t it fascinating how weakness can be…