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To What Shall I Compare the People of This Generation?

generationIn today’s Gospel, Jesus asks “to what shall I compare the people of this generation” (Luke 7:31)? Jesus compares the people of His time to John the Baptist, considering John to be the greatest of the prophets on earth, with the caveat that the least in the Kingdom of God is greater than John the Baptist. Something to think about!

Remember, at this moment in time, Jesus had not yet opened the gates of Heaven. That would not happen until after Jesus died on the cross, and prior to the Resurrection. So, who were the members of the Kingdom of God at that moment? The Father Almighty, the Son, the Holy Spirit and the angels, were the only Continue reading

Forgiving, in an Unforgiving World

ForgivingI don’t know about you, but lately, I am finding it difficult in forgiving others for egregious deeds. My head is swimming with all the guilty pleas/convictions from the Mueller investigation within our government. I’m appalled with the news of the priestly sex abuse scandal and cover-up. I’m disappointed with the people in power, both in government and in the Church, who stand by idly and do nothing to bring about justice. With every great sin, the sinful do not want to see the disinfectant of transparency and accountability come knocking on their doors. When it does, it is like a proverbial “bomb” explodes around us, covering us in the sinner’s filth.

That’s how I am feeling lately. The Mueller Continue reading

Assault on the Objective Truth

Objective TruthLately, I feel like there has been a major assault on the objective truth. We hear phrases like “alternative facts,” or “truth isn’t truth!” Politicians and the media put so much spin on the truth, that we feel like we are spiraling out of orbit! No longer do we know who, or what, to believe.

Whatever happened to everyone having a clear understanding of objective truth based upon facts?

The Old Testament attests that God is the source of all truth. His Word is truth. His Law is truth…Since God is ‘true,’ the members of his people are called to live in the truth. 1

Subjective Truth vs. Objective Truth

Apparently, we are living in some sort of truth. Continue reading

Is It Lawful to Do Good on the Sabbath?

Do GoodIn today’s Gospel, Jesus asks. “is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than destroy it” (Luke 6:9)?  In the Theology course that I teach, on the Fundamentals of Catholic Moral Theology, I specifically address this question with my students. The scenario goes something like this:

A doctor and her family are on their way to Sunday Mass when they come upon a serious car accident. The doctor stopped her car to give comfort and aid to the victims of the crash, until the paramedics arrived. As a result, she and her family missed the last Mass of the day.

What I ask of my students is Continue reading

Feast Day of Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Saint Teresa of CalcuttaToday is the feast day of Saint Teresa of Calcutta. She is one of my heroines! Never a woman of noble wealth, Saint Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, through the grace of God. This organization, established in 1950, with a handful of followers, now has more than 5,000 Sisters, in over 750 houses, in 139 countries! Starting with nothing more than a command from Jesus to satiate His thirst for souls, Saint Teresa set to work serving the poorest of the poor. Through her witness to the love of God, Saint Teresa drew those souls to Christ, thus fulfilling God’s plan for her.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta – Our Example

Saint Teresa laid the groundwork for us to follow Continue reading

Mommy, Mommy, When You Pray – Book Review

Mommy, Mommy, When You PrayMommy, Mommy, When You Pray, is a delightful children’s book for ages 3-5, written and illustrated by Kimberly Cook. In this little gem of a book, children learn about the virtue of gratitude. Mommy is thankful to God for all He blesses her with, and she shares those thoughts with her children. The illustrations are colorful and engaging; surely to capture your child’s attention and interest.

This little story will open up dialogue between you and your child; for the two of you share what you are thankful for, and why. Kimberly Cook has a knack for capturing the everyday occurrences of life and highlighting them as special – worthy of thanks! Cook has a lot of love packed Continue reading

A Soldier Surrenders – Book Review

Soldier SurrendersSusan Peek has a knack for bringing the lives of obscure saints to the forefront. For example, in Saint Magnus, the Last Viking, she took us on a swashbuckling adventure. Today, Peek enthralls us with A Soldier Surrenders, the Conversion of St. Camillus de Lellis. In this action-packed adventure, we follow the life of Camillus de Lellis, mercenary for the Turks, and a baptized Catholic! We see contradiction from the start. How can a Catholic fight Catholics on behalf of the Moslems? You can, if you are hungry and have no other means to support yourself.

Camillus de Lellis is a strong-willed, and stubborn young man, who thinks that all he can do is fight, gamble and drink Continue reading

Jesus Asks: Are You a Hypocrite?

Jesus Asks: Are you a hypocrite?Today’s Gospel reading comes from Matt 23:13-22. In this very cryptic passage, Jesus asks a couple of piercing questions:

  • Blind fools, which is greater, the gold, or the temple that made the gold sacred? Matt 23:17
  • You blind ones, which is greater, the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? Matt 23:19

Jesus asks these questions because He is not happy with the actions of the Scribes and the Pharisees. He sees them as hypocrites, as they do not “walk the talk.” Their actions differ from their speech. The Scribes and Pharisees speak of the promotion of piety, but do not act pious. They believe their words alone will suffice in garnering the desired prestige of the community. Continue reading