Forgiveness and The Lord’s Prayer

I’m Italian, so forgiveness is not my strong suit. You wanna be force fed some pasta, regardless of when your last meal was, I’m your man!

In the book of Matthew there’s a passage (MT 18: 21-35) that discusses a story about a King who, through mercy, decides to forgive a debt owed to him by one of his servants. Yet later in the story, that same servant is confronted by someone else who owes him a debt. Unlike the King, the servant is unwilling to forgive the debt and orders the person to be thrown into prison.

As I blame my ancestry on my inability to forgive sin, I wonder how many of us are in the same boat. Do you ask for forgiveness while not being able to grant it, like the servant in Matthew? As I thought about the story from Matthew and God’s message about how our forgiveness is tied to that of God’s forgiveness,  I’m reminded of my failings every time I say The Lord’s Prayer (one line in particular). This led to me wonder how well I know all the versus of The Lord’s Prayer. Below is an outline of The Lord’s Prayer from Ruth Ann a Professed Lay Carmelite. Continue reading “Forgiveness and The Lord’s Prayer”

Strength in Numbers

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“For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18)

Hopefully the image is easily recognized from the classic mafia movie Goodfellas. Although the families in such movies (i.e. Corleone family in The Godfather) are usually Roman Catholic, there’s not much they do together where you picture Christ being “in the midst of them”. However, that’s not the reason I decided to use that image. Continue reading “Strength in Numbers”

3 Crosses You Shouldn’t Carry

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”

12: Technology & It’s Affect on the Youth (Podcast)

 

Cable, Satellite, Netflix, Hulu, Xbox, PlayStation, Social Media, Phones, Computers, Tablets, Laptops, DVD Players

How much “screen time” do your kids have with those things each day? Once we tracked it over the course of a couple days, it’s a lot more than one might think.

When do they have this screen time? If it’s first thing in the morning, or worse yet, before bed…that might be the cause of sleep issues.

How has today’s technology affected our youth? How does that relate to their relationship with God? And, as parents, is it our fault?

Misplaced Frustrations

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”