Let’s Face It; You’re Not OK! (Me Either!)

I’m my own worst enemy. The reason for this is that my ability to either delude myself or to overreact is so “normal” to me that it is really hard to be objective about my struggles by myself. I’m either too hard on myself or too easy on myself! Learning this opened my eyes to the wisdom of the Timeless Faith in encouraging me to have a regular confessor and to see…

Don’t Let Doubts Become Illnesses!

Paul Tillich once said, “Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith.” Interesting! Too many times, moments of doubt are used by the enemy of your soul to cause you to give up or hide in shame. But doubt has never been fatal if it’s dealt with in wisdom and patience. On this day where we recall the ministry of St. John the Baptizer, doubt CAn become a moment…

The Lord Rescues From Frivolous Times

“Oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way! I can’t wait to look in the mirror, cause I get better lookin’ each day.” Hilarious, right? But what makes it funny is that we know people who actually feel that way about themselves. They are always saying things like “Listen, it’s going to be huge. I’m going to make everything right again!” OK, careful there padre! (hee hee)…

False Teachers Among You

In 1972 America was experiencing an amazing movement among young people called “The Jesus Movement.” Jesus was the “hero” of a lot of the youth of the day! And I was right there in the middle of it. At 12 years old and about to step into my teenage years, I was a big participant in the new “Contemporary Christian Music” of “The Second Chapter of Acts,” “Andrae Crouch and the Disciples,”…

Don’t Be Led Astray

I usually get in trouble when I do this, but it just fits so well with our lesson today, I’m going to take the chance! One of my favorite songs from The Eagles reunion effort is “Learn to Be Still” and the second verse sticks in my head every time I hear it: “We are like sheep without a shepherd. We don’t know how to be alone. So we wander around this…

The Widow’s Mite

St. Basil was one of the most powerful leaders the Church has known, and that’s because he followed up his preaching to the people with action. His legacy of generosity and his preaching to the people that they MUST develop the discipline of generosity in their own lives echoes loudly in the ears of the Church to this day! Look what he said: “The shoes rotting in your closet belong to the…

What’s Left Over Is What Matters

What is it about giving money to the church that always seems to rile up folks? Do people think the parish runs on good intentions? Why is this topic one of the top subjects in the scriptures and one of the most controversial topics even today? To be honest, it has little to do with actual giving, and even less to do with money itself. The reason financial support of the Church…

Keeping The End in MInd

No matter how long any of us live, there’s something about the changing of the calendar that invites us to look at ourselves. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” Great quote. And it’s great advice. But, how do you do it? That, my dear ones, takes a perspective adjustment that is deeply embedded…

Give To Caesar What Is Caesar’s

The development of discernment is a central part of your formation as a Christian. Think of discernment as the ability to do critical thinking, but critical thinking that can actually tell the difference between spiritually healthy and spiritually unhealthy choices. This is why the spiritual disciplines of the Church are vital to your spiritual maturity. It isn’t just rule-keeping; it’s the spiritual formation you need to live life as the person you…

BEING Holy!

“Being precedes doing!” I heard the phrase and thought to myself “I’m not sure I understand what that is supposed to mean?” And, as I listened to the speaker longer, my confusion just grew. I think what the professor was trying to say was our actions flow from who we really are. And he was trying to get us to understand that it is the interior battle of slaying the “dragons” inside…