Demand Jesus

Recently at Mass our 9 year-old daughter gave me some pretty powerful insight into what God the Father expects out of me.  As we were walking down the steps from the balcony seating area with the choir in full swing, our daughter tapped me on the shoulder and whispered in my ear, “That sure is a demanding song.”

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Attracted to Holiness

In 1926, Dr. James Allan penned “One Solitary Life,” a short story – a poem of sorts – which describes the life of a seemingly ordinary man who didn’t do anything that we would consider fame-worthy.  He grew up in an obscure village and entered the carpenter trade, working with his hands until he was 30.  Upon his death, he had no possessions and was laid to rest in a borrowed tomb.  Yet, “nineteen centuries have come and gone and today Jesus is the central figure of the human race and the leader of mankind’s progress. All the armies that have ever marched, all the navies that have ever sailed, all the parliaments that have ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned put together have not affected the life of mankind on earth as powerfully as that one solitary life.”

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Trust Me

Trust me.  Two short words.  One simple sentence.  Placing your trust in another is easier said than done.  Your response to hearing these words may vary pending on the circumstance and message bearer.  From a salesperson to your spouse, from decisions on spending your money to your time, we are all confronted with the reality of trust on multiple levels every single day.

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Saints, Souls, and Sinners

“I will spend my Heaven doing good on earth.” – St. Therese of Lisieux

The Apostles of the Interior Life recently offered a women’s retreat at Savior Pastoral Center in Kansas City, Kansas that I was fortunate enough to attend.  The retreat was based on a passage from St. Matthew’s Gospel: “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of Heaven.”  (Mt. 13:11)  Spending the majority of the weekend meditating on Heaven was a unique experience, as I admittedly don’t ponder heaven as often as I should.   From the beautiful words the Apostles spoke, I was reminded that Heaven should never be far from my thoughts.  After all, how can I truly live my life with the hope of ending up in a place I know nothing about?

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Body and Soul: The Feast of the Assumption

The human body is one of God’s most miraculous and wonderful creations.  Each of us is fashioned in His image and likeness, but uniquely put together to glorify God in our physical being.  St. Paul confirms this truth in his writings to the Corinthians.  “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”  (1 Cor 6:19-20)  As good stewards of these beautiful gifts, we have a responsibility to properly care for, nourish, and love our bodies, then to offer them to God for His service.  No one has given us a better example of bodily service than our Blessed Mother.

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