The Beatitudes that Truly Heal

A dear priest friend of mine is on pilgrimage to the Holy Land and other holy sites in the area. Recently he and his fellow pilgrims came to the final resting place of Lazarus, the man the Lord raised from the dead. And that got me thinking about Lazarus and his miraculous healing and what followed. You see, Lazarus died a second time and we have his relics with us to this…

A Dangerous Homily About God – Sunday’s Homily

On this Feast of Pentecost, we face a culture that has increased the power of shallowness and decreased the value of depth and maturity to the point where there is no sobriety, but only division and individual focus. This is absolutely opposed to how God created us. Because He created us in His Image and He knows Himself as Persons in Communion. And this is the only way you will know yourself.…

Love Takes Work!

I’ve heard this so many times: Why can’t I find love? What’s wrong with me? The expectations of some fairy tale notions wound us and wound our children. Add to that, the utter chaos in today’s society where love is reduced to mere feelings or, worse, just physical desire, and you have the perfect recipe for societal disaster! And that, dearest, is precisely the evil one’s intentions. Because the end result of…

The Timeless Wisdom of God

The famous philosopher Aldus Huxley once wrote: “If most of us remain ignorant of ourselves it is because self-knowledge is painful and we prefer the pleasures of illusion.” Huxley wrote “The Perennial Philosophy” in 1945 and suggested that the basic wisdom of authentic human reality is common to all religions. An interesting historical note, he died the same day as C.S. Lewis and President John F. Kennedy. There is a great little…

Made Able to Ask Anything

“All you gotta do is rub that lamp!” “Mr. Aladdin, sir, what will your pleasure be. Let me take your order, jot it down. You ain’t never had a friend like me!” So sue me, I’m in an “Aladdin” kind of mood today! But seriously, isn’t it a wonderful fantasy to have your own personal “genie” to grant you wishes? To be able to “ask anything!” And yet, the old story of…

The Cosmic Power of Gratitude

“All is gift.” This phrase captures both the simple and profound message that embodies the mystery of living a Eucharistic life. You may ask “What does that mean?” And I understand. We moderns are far removed from a world where mystery and wonder and story dominated our human society. And we are impoverished by this reduction of true mystery in our lives. Although, I will say that our modern world is slowly…

The Work of The Spirit in You and Me

Sometimes what’s best for us isn’t really apparent in the middle of our journey. It’s only later we discover that an event, though difficult at the time, actually turned out to be the best thing for us. As the old country song says “They hindsight’s 20/20…” This coming Sunday is the Feast of Pentecost, the Descent of the Holy Spirit onto His Church. Today, we still live in the afterglow of the…

Don’t Be Troubled; Don’t Be Afraid!

All too often we spend our lives waiting for that perfect moment when everything is going “right” and all around me is positive and affirming. And, the longer we live, the more disillusioned we become because that “moment” seems to never come! Oh, to be sure, there are flashes of “just right” in our lives. Those moments when all the traffic lights are green when you’re in a hurry to get someplace.…

Show Us The Father

The tragic state of families today in our society is seen best in the absence of fathers. This epidemic of fatherlessness has huge implications for the formation of children into healthy adults. Missing dads cause deep problems for society! And good dads are even more difficult to find! But the key to being a healthy adult means dealing with and embracing The Father! Look at our Gospel Lesson this morning in John…

The Cure For The Loss of Purpose

“To everything (turn turn turn), there is a season, (turn turn turn) and a time to every purpose under heaven.” I was 5 years old when that song was recorded and released by the Byrds. It was a song that was based on the verses in the 3rd chapter of Ecclesiastes. Here, Solomon struggles with the vanity of existence and the hope found in God’s ultimate will and wisdom for life. By…