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…

Christ’s Transfiguration: Depending on God in Turbulent Times 9

Blaise Pascal once wrote:

“In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.”

The picture above, taken from the bottom portion of Rafael’s Transfiguration,could stand on its own as separate painting. As a composition, it appears to be complete. Yet even to the viewing eye,  it certainly lacks something. By itself, its meaning is not clear. More…

“See I Told You She Would Come”: Testimony of an Eye Witness at Fatima 12

Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

Things become old much too quickly.

Imagine my delight, then, when last Friday I met someone who told me his Grandmother was present on October 13, 1917 at Fatima; she was personally present at the moment when the sun danced and fell out of the sky.

Suddenly Fatima jumped out of history like the sun did that day and became relevant and modern to me. More…

Gospel Reflection: Why Won’t God Do What We Expect? 14

People today are no different than they were 2,000 years ago.  We naturally want things to be verified before we assent to them. This natural human disposition even applies to what we expect from God. After all, “God is all powerful and all knowing, so why does he not reveal himself to us clearly, when he obviously could?”

“If you truly are God, save yourself and come down from that cross!” — God’s ways do not always correspond to human expectations

In today’s Gospel, Jesus reveals that he knows our thoughts: “Do here in your native place the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.” More…

“Today” This Passage Is Fulfilled in Your Hearing 3

JesusInTheTempleToday’s Gospel reading begins with the opening of Luke’s Gospel, then leaps forward four chapters to the account of Jesus’ revealing himself as the Christ foretold by the prophets. The joining of these passages is significant for two reasons. More…

A Prayer, Tears, and Embrace 15

There are some moments when no words will suffice. Only prayer, tears, and an embrace.

Our heart and prayers at Biltrix go out to the children, parents, and community in Newton, CT. May the Lord console and help them as they recover from this horrible tragedy.

Prayer of Saint Francis More…

The Logic of Christianity — What’s Missing? 16

I stumbled across an article this morning that I found particularly amusing: The Logic of Christianity: What am I missing?

The author was being rather tongue and cheek and admitted that she understood that many Christians would not see things the same way she sees it, so she asks, “What am I missing?” More…

He Will Raise Us Up 9

By Fr Edward Hopkins
The day after the election provided even more inspiration than what we read on Election Day. If Tuesday was about ‘standing up’, Wednesday’s Reading from the Liturgy of the Hours, Office of Readings, told us the way to fight.

The Honor to Fight

Judas Maccabeus took command of the resistance when his father Mattathias died: More…

To Stand and Fight 11

By Fr Edward Hopkins

I sought light from the Lord with a special intensity and focus on the day of the elections and even more the day after when the results were confirmed. The Office of Readings, a liturgical prayer of the Church, taken from Scripture, God’s living word, spoke to me and shed a bright light upon this crucial moment in a battle of cultures. More…