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Jesus: Truly Obedient to the Father

September 9, 2015

Jesus in Garden Jesus is the quintessential model for obedience. We see the first example of obedience in Luke 2:49, where we read, “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” He had an awareness of the Father’s will. He was obedient to His calling to discuss scripture with the learned men in the Temple. Yet, on the heels of this statement, in verse 51, we also see that Jesus was obedient to his step-father, St. Joseph and his mother Mary, when once reunited with His parents. Luke tells us, “He went down with them and came to Continue reading

Friendship: It was I Who Chose You

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Friendship as defined by Jesus through the writings of the Apostle, Saint John:

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you, and appointed you to go and bear fruit Continue reading

Giver? Me? What’s in it for Me?

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Why be a giver?

You might be thinking, “Why should I part with my hard earned money and give it to someone else? No one’s done any favors for me?” The short answer is that you do it because Jesus commanded you to when He said, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31). How can you love your neighbor as yourself, if you allow your neighbor to do without, while you live comfortably? You, in essence, love yourself more than your neighbor.

We are all in this together. We are all on the same journey, heading hopefully to Continue reading

Grace Abounds! Living a Virtuous Life

 

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Grace Abounds!

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to spend the day with some fantastic young people from The Diocese of Charlotte’s Catholic Campus Ministry Group. These students represent the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s 49er’s and Wingate University’s Bulldogs. More importantly, they represent the light of Christ! Here I am standing with them after the presentation, along with Father Benjamin Roberts and Linda Stedje-Larsen. Look at all of those smiles. They shine so brightly. I was blessed to be in their presence.

Grace abounded at our day retreat where we imbibed on the virtues, looking at them in-depth; Continue reading

Manifesting the Father’s Love: Remain in My Love

April 11, 2014

Manidesting the Father's loveJesus used His time on earth to teach us about the Father, and the Father’s love for us. In John 14:7, Jesus tells us, “If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Think of it this way: As others can see Christ in us, we can see the Father in Christ.

All of Jesus’ actions while on earth manifested the Father’s love, “for God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish Continue reading