What brings God joy?

Joy is one of the constant themes in the Sacred Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. We normally think about joy as a characteristic of a Christian, but the Bible also asserts that God experiences joy. As a side note, when we speak about God having emotions, we can only speak analogously. But, it is important […]

Packing for the New Year

What to bring - What to leave behind

Travel light. My apostolate (speaking at parish missions, retreats, pilgrimages, and Great Adventure seminars) means I spend a lot of time on the road. As a “road warrior,” I travel between 150-180 days a year. All this time on the road offers me a helpful spiritual analogy for the journey of faith. Like any trip or pilgrimage […]

Faith Falling

The deep secret mystery of faith lies in the fact that it is a ‘baptism’ in the death and sacrifice of Christ. We can only give ourselves to God when Christ, by His grace, ‘dies’ and rises spiritually within us.”—Thomas Merton On many a sunny and crisp Fall day over the years, people have sung […]

He Ascended Into Heaven

What does it mean for Christ's disciples?

“…He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.” When we recite this line in the Creed at Mass, it may simply seem like a tidy but not especially important bookend to the more important doctrines of the Trinity, Incarnation, and Resurrection. When the Feast of the Ascension rolls around, we […]

Prayer as a Wellspring for the Thirsty

If you could define prayer in a single sentence, what would you say? Over the years, I’ve heard some great definitions: “Prayer is a conversation between friends” “Prayer is a dialogue with Deity” “Prayer is resting in the arms of a loving Father” The best definition for prayer that I have ever heard isn’t even […]

Welcoming the Season of Lent

Lent is an amazing opportunity to experience the renewal, revival and restoration we regularly need to grow in our love of God and neighbor. It is spiritual spring training for the Catholic soul, stretching ourselves to offer more faithful and fruitful service, and more. Check out this video for more ideas: http://youtu.be/cHhl__mNJH4

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The Manna from Heaven

Last week, we explored the Bread of Life Discourse in terms of it’s two movements: believing and eating.  This week, we will look at a key Old Covenant foreshadowing of the New Covenant Eucharist: the manna. You can read more about the gift of the manna in Exodus 16 and Numbers 11.  It was a unique gift of food […]

The Bread of Life

Believe and Receive

The Gospel of John has rightly been called the Eucharistic Gospel.  At first blush, this appellation may surprise some readers.  After all, the Gospel of John contains no narrative of the Last Supper that includes the words of Eucharistic institution, as the Synoptics offer us.  Instead, the Gospel is filled with Eucharistic images and language […]

Mary Magdalene

Symbol of the Church

There are few figures in the Gospels that are as fascinating to me as Mary Magdalene.  She is mentioned in all four Gospels (Matt. 27:56; Mark 15:40, 47; Luke 8:2, 24:10; John 19:25; 20:1-18) and yet we know little of her life before Jesus. Luke alone tells us that our Lord delivered her from seven […]