As my father in-law sat at his wife’s death bed, he confessed the two prayers he had to the priest who later performed the burial service for my mother in-law. The first, he wanted to be present at the moment when she passed. After a life of ‘for better or worse’, he wanted to be there for the ‘death do us part.’ His second prayer, he asked God that he may take her time in purgatory. He wanted his wife to forgo the painful cleansing process and whatever “time” she would have spent there, he wanted it added to his time in purgatory. I spent weeks thinking about those two prayers, especially the latter. In that one sentence, he redefined the ends to which love should go. Continue reading “3 Crosses You Shouldn’t Carry”
Who puts up with the most of your crap? Let me rephrase that. Do you have someone that is close to you that usually gets hit with your wrath first and/or the most? It could be your spouse, a child, parent, or a friend. I think we all have that someone in our life, whom we cherish very deeply, that puts up with the most of crap from us. I can have a crappy day and still be pleasant to strangers but when I get home unleash on the people that mean the most to me. I’m not proud of it, but I think it’s something we all do (or at least I hope I’m not the only one)!
Lately I’ve been thinking about Peter and his relationship with Christ. Peter was (along with his brother Andrew) described in the Gospels as the first Apostle. He was also one of three to accompany Christ up the mountain in the Transfiguration (Totally Righteous Dead Dudes). One could argue that Peter held a very special place with Christ. They were BFF’s. Continue reading “Misplaced Frustrations”
As Peter, John, and his brother James traveled up the mountain with Christ in the story of the Transfiguration, they are shown a rather shocking sight:
“His (Christ) face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.”
So, not only was Christ “glowing”, but he was standing with 2 totally righteous dead dudes (Moses and Elijah). Add in a time traveling phone booth and you’ve got a biblical version of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Continue reading “Totally Righteous Dead Dudes”
This Sunday (Pentecost) you’re going to hear in the First Reading how the Apostles were given the Gift of Tongues.
And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
I’ve often wondered where this miracle occurred; with the Apostles as they spoke the Word of God, or with the people in the crowd as they heard the Word of God? The Gift of Hearing doesn’t seem to have the same ring to it, does it? Continue reading “The Perception of Sin”
As Christ has described himself as “the shepherd” (John 1: 1-10), we can obviously draw the conclusion that we are His sheep. Paul (Romans 1:1) calls himself a “slave to Jesus Christ.” Niether of these, on the surface, seem appealing to a first time on-looker. In fact, I’ve had both these descriptors turned against me at some point in time by people of a different, or no faith at all. My favorite is “You’re mindless sheep, following blindly.” So, what is the one thing that binds a shepherd and his sheep above all others? Continue reading “The Great Shepherd”
Faith is a journey and the Church is deeply rooted in constant movement. Think of the faithful pilgrimages by the thousands of His followers. Heck, you can’t make it through a single chapter in the New Testament without hearing about Christ or His followers traveling from one point to another. It’s exhausting… but necessary. Take a moment and reflect on your own faith journey. Consider the times you felt strong and weak in your relationship with God, what were your other relationships like? Did the ‘status’ of your life reflect your relationship with God? Throughout history things like; art, architecture, politics, social order, and economics have been interconnected. Are your family, friendships, finances, and faith connected? Continue reading “The Road to Emmaus”