How Long Oh Lord! 14

The prophet Habakkuk, in today’s First Reading, stresses the power of faith – he also gives us a clearer idea of what exactly faith is.

Habakkuk lived in the 6th century BC, when Israel had been conquered by the Babylonians and the majority of Jews had been deported. It was as if a hurricane, like Katrina, had swept over not just one city, but the entire country. Habakkuk is in the middle of it all, he sees the devastated city and countryside, strewn with corpses, burned and barren.

Habakkuk feels the pinch of poverty and destruction. And he does the most natural thing in the world: he complains to God about it:

How long, O Lord? I cry for help, but you do not listen! More…

Following Christ with a Program of Life 14

One area where we often fail to utilize our reason and creativity is our own growth in holiness.

Doctors are always reading up on the latest medical research. Athletes are constantly striving to maximize their performance. Professors never tire of refining their expertise. Can we say the same about Christians striving to be more like Christ?

Christ wants your creativity

Christ wants your creativity

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Monk Mode, Spending More Time with God in Lent 7

By Br Eric Wandrey
About seven miles off western coast of Ireland, a lonely island looms out of the sea, the tip of a massive oceanic mountain. 54 acres and 715 feet high, Skellig Michael is home only to a colony of Northern Gannets, but there was a time when this remote outcropping hosted more than seabirds. For over 600 years, it was home to Irish monks who sought complete solitude and close communion with God. More…

The Theophany After the Baptism of the Lord, Part II: The Opening of the Heavens 4

by Fr Jason Smith

The Baptism of the Lord was accompanied by one of the most stunning and remarkable events found in Sacred Scripture: The rending open of the heavens, the visible descent of the Spirit like a dove, and the Father’s audible voice. More…

The Theophany After the Baptism of the Lord, Conclusion 3

By Fr Jason Smith

Today we conclude our reflection on this event as found in the Gospel of Luke, 3, 21-22, which offers powerful insights into the life of Christ and our faith in the Triune God.

“When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” More…

2 Cents Worth 12

Just another Sunday Gospel Reflection…

“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.”

My friend Brent — we’ll call him — used to work for a local newspaper in a small Northeastern town. He had a peculiar relationship with the paper’s editor, who always made it a point to tell people, “Pray a lot.”  More…

Our Hearts are Battle Ground States 9

Gospel Reflection on Mark 10, 17-30, by Fr Jason Smith LC

They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves,”Then who can be saved?”Jesus looked at them and said,”For human beings it is impossible, but not for God.
All things are possible for God.”

It struck me this morning while celebrating Mass that we ask God for mercy eight times. Are we really that bad? More…