What is God Asking You to Leave Behind? In Genesis 12:v.1 - The Lord said to Abram: "Go forth from the land of your kinfolk and your father’s house to a land that I will show you." What would you do if God asked you to pick up and leave everything and everyone behind and go where He leads you? It’s a rather frightening thought...more
Celebrate the Mass with your Heart Lucy, in the Peanuts cartoon, looks up at the sky saying: "Sometimes clouds form actual words." Charlie Brown sets her straight: "They’re not clouds - that is sky writing." Lucy repeats: "As I was saying, some clouds form actual words." Lucy closed her mind to the truth. When we close our minds to truth, we see things not as they are but as we are...more
Prayer Power: Don't Leave Home Without It Prayer powers our faith as exercise powers our body. "God invites you to a pilgrimage of the heart." (ps.84:5). It is the way to find your home in God while journeying in the world. We take for granted that we have control over our lives. We often put off prayer believing we can do that tomorrow. How do we know we have tomorrow? ...more
Prayer, Penance, and Peace Do you remember where you were and what you were doing on 9/11? Did you stop everything you were doing and watch with horror the events as they unfolded on TV? 9/11 forced us to pause, ponder and reevaluate our priorities. That is what Lent is all about, it invites us to pause, ponder and reevaluate our life and our relationship with Jesus Christ...more
Lent: New Beginnings
Then Jesus said to the woman, “Go, but sin no more.” How often have you felt like the unknown poet who wrote: How I wish that there was some wonderful place called the land of the Beginning Again...more
Change, Compassion, Courage
Every change is a challenge to become who we really are." Never underestimate the force of change. Some changes come into our life like a soft spring rain while others come into our life like a tornado turning everything upside down and sideways. Many times we view change as a setback, events we didn't want to experience but we did...more.
To Live is to Change
How do you Approach Change? Change is a reality of life. Most of us have one of three approaches to change. Imagine yourself stranded in the ocean in a sinking row boat a mile from shore. You have a bucket but nothing else in the boat. You say to yourself, "the water is cold, there are sharks and the shore is too far for me to swim...more"
Happiness, Health, and Holiness
Our modern world portrays happiness as things to be grasped for and health as a sculptured body with a botox face. Jesus gives us a different formula for happiness, health and holiness. "Learn from me because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest. For the yoke I will give you is easy. And the load I will put on you is light" (Matt 11:29-30). Red-headed, smiling Florence McLafferty learned from Jesus the secret to happiness, health and holiness...more
Getting Along with People
Understanding and getting along with people is an essential ingredient for a happy, healthy and holy life. Almost every meaningful thing we do in life we do with people. We live together, work together, eat together, play together and pray together. We depend on each other for love, security, comfort, respect and friendship. Communication is the basic thread that ties us together or drives us apart...more
Relax, Reflect, Renew
Have you ever felt pulled one way and then another when you are trying to make a major decision like what job to take, what house to buy, where your children should go to school or what doctor to see? There are times when we are faced with decisions that bring us to cross-roads in our life and force us to reflect on what's really important...more