jtemplate.ru - free extensions for joomla

July 8, 2017 - Words of Affection

Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

I was talking with a friend recently about prayer.  A formulation about prayer that I've enjoyed is ACTS: Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.  Reflecting on my conversation and the Psalm, I've been convicted that my prayer life tends to look more like CTS with Adoration being my weakest component.

Read more...

July 7, 2017 - Taking Ownership

Friday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

I'm finding an interesting phenomenon in social media and the papers these days. There are more and more people quite willing to say that we live in dark times, that the world is going to hell, that "stuff like this wouldn't have happened in my day."

Read more...

July 6, 2017 - Surprised by God

Thursday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Living a life of faith day after day, year after year, it's easy to feel like we know God well. We've read the Bible alone and in small groups. We've studied and referenced the catechism. We've prayed to God and thought about what the Lord wants, what our calling is in this life.  We've immersed ourselves in the liturgy, and looked for Jesus among the poor and marginalized. We have committed ourselves to works of Mercy, charity, and justice. We have discussed all this with our fellow Christians. In our hearts, we know what God wants, and how the Spirit moves in the world.

Read more...

July 5, 2017 - Doing Good

Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

One of my favorite teachers in seminary, Fr. Mike Seger told us that the right answer to every question he asked was, “Do good and avoid evil.” For this moral theologian, it was important to boil it all down to this foundation. Once he had a student wake up from a dead sleep exclaiming this phrase.

Read more...

July 4, 2017 - Fear and Faith

Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

The story that Matthew tells in the Gospel reading for today is both simple and profoundly challenging for all who live in faith, or try to anyway.

Read more...