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Lord’s Alphabet

Although things are not perfect Because of trial or pain Continue in thanksgiving Do not begin to blame Even when the times are hard Fierce winds are bound to blow God is forever able Hold on to what you know Imagine life without His love Joy would cease to be Keep thanking Him for all […]

Windshield Wipers

One rainy afternoon, I was driving along one of the main streets of town, taking those extra precautions necessary when the roads are wet and slick. Suddenly, my daughter, Aspen, spoke up from her relaxed position in her seat. “Dad, I’m thinking of something.” This announcement usually meant she had been pondering some fact for […]

The Pause

What if St. John was afraid of the Empty Tomb because he realized what that would truly mean? What if in that moment St. John became aware of the reality of the Resurrection? His pause may have been the instant when he first grasped the possibility that Christ had been raised from the dead. Entering […]

Resurrection

Resurrection—not progress, not evolution, not enlightenment, but a call from heaven to us: “Rise up! You are dead, but I will give you life.” That is what is proclaimed here, and it is the only way that the world can be saved. … We do not like to see that we are deeply imprisoned, and […]

Redemption

Now it is all over. The work of our Redemption has been accomplished. We are now children of God, because Jesus has died for us and his death has ransomed us. Empti enim estis pretio magno (1 Cor 6:20), you and I have been bought at a great price. — J. Escriva, The Way of the Cross […]

Receive, Not Take

The following story and commentary by Ronald Rolheiser, in Against an Infinite Horizon, has completely pushed my understanding of sin to new depths, depths that bring tears to my eyes in regards to my own sinful and broken nature. Fr. Rolheiser recounts a story told by James Mackey about a man who went on a […]

How Often Do You Hear “I Love You”?

How often do you hear the words, “I love you”? Be honest. Once a day? Once a week? Once a month? Can’t remember the last time? How about the flip side of that question: how often do you say the words, “I love you”? Maybe you have heard or said these words a little more […]

Radiate

You cannot teach faith;     you have to radiate faith. You cannot tell others to hope;     you have to radiate hope. You cannot describe love;     you have to radiate love. You cannot give what you do not have. You cannot radiate goodness     unless you are filled with goodness. […]

Palms of My Hands

Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you. See, upon the palms of My hands I have written your name. — Isaiah 49:15-16a

The Light Within Us

Yesterday evening, we were visiting the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. A memory of someone special reminded me to take a picture of this sunset. My dad and his wife came in for Thanksgiving. We always seem to take visitors from out of town to the Memorial. As they walked around and as my kids went […]

God’s Days

There are two days in the week upon which and about which I never worry—two carefree days kept sacredly free from fear and apprehension. One of these days is Yesterday. Yesterday, with its cares and frets and pains and aches, all its faults, its mistakes and blunders, has passed forever beyond my recall. It was […]

Happiest Man on the Way to Calvary

This line from a meditation called “The Way of the Cross” by Fr. Richard Veras published within the Magnificat jumped out at me as paradoxical: Jesus was the happiest man on the way Calvary that day. But then on second thought, it does make sense. Jesus knew that God was with him every step along […]