When I was younger one of my favorite books was Tip O'Neill's Autobiography Man of the House. There is a lot of great stuff in it but the bit that sticks in my head the most is a piece of advice that a young Tip received from Boston's famous or infamous mayor James Michael Curley … Continue reading Lenten Reflections Sixth Saturday of Lent A good “Tip”
I spoke to a pair of Seminarians at the 2019 Catholic's Men's Conference Kevin: and Derek Both are connected to St. John's Seminary and while of different ages have both found their way to the church at a time when a young man making that decision is not all that popular. Update: Welcome Canon 212 … Continue reading Voices of CMC 2019 A Pair of Seminarians Kevin & Derek
Yesterday we noted that one of the lies of the Devil is that one is too far gone to repent but noted that while rejecting that lie that we don't fall for the trap that comes with it, namely thinking we have forever to return to God. We don't. We have our lifetime to come … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 6th Friday in Lent: …but only just
I spoke to Kevin Dunn one of the featured speakers at the 2019 Catholic Men's Conference at Assumption College. His work fighting against assisted suicide is just as critical in the service of live as the fight against abortion.
One of the greatest things about the love of God is the time it gives you. Now I'm not referring to the time of silent prayer, or the times of reflection or even the time before the blessed sacrament that we talked about yesterday. I'm talking about the fact that we are given our entire … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 6th Thursday in Lent: There’s Still Time
There is an old story that Shemp Howard used to tell about Catholic Mass. He was attending mass for the 1st time (Moe, Larry, Curly and Shemp were all Jewish) for the funeral of a friend and when Mass was over he commented that all the standing, sitting and kneeling was too much exercise for … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 6th Wednesday in Lent: Be Still
Yesterday we talked about the myth or relativism and today I want to talk about a phrase that is my Pastor's favorite. Seeing yourself in the Light of Truth. One of the things about truth is that it's not relative. (It's no coincidence that God's name is I AM) and one of the great facts … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 5th Friday of Lent: The Light of Truth.
One of the hardest things about doing the Lenten Reflections series is that it's not a "planned" series in that I had a set of ideas ready to roll. So yesterday around noon after writing two pieces about the Joe Biden (that will run later today and tomorrow) went downstairs commenting to DaWife that I … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 5th Wednesday of Lent: Yet!
One of the oldest phony myths about the Catholic Church is the idea that the church actively discouraged the reading of the bible and thus kept them securely fastened by chains in churches. The myth here is not the securing of a bible, but the REASON for it. A while back there was a story … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 4th Tuesday of Lent The Price of Scripture
Yesterday we talked about the fist mistake we make concerning God's mercy. namely discounting it because of it's ease and thus not taking advantage of the sacrament, today we're going to talk about the other big mistake that is sometimes made after receiving confession, not forgiving yourself. One of the big tactics of the enemy … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 4th Sunday of Lent. Forgive Yourself
Over the last few days we've talked about the mercy and forgiveness of Christ and how on occasionally faithful Christians will object to this ease of the forgiveness offered by the church. But it's not just the "just" who will object, it is very common for those who have most need of confession to doubt … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 4th Saturday Easy Street
I mentioned yesterday that one of the most commented parts of the story of the prodigal son in Luke was the father dealing with the brother who admonishes him He said to his father in reply, 'Look, all these years I served you and not once did I disobey your orders; yet you never gave … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 4th Friday of Lent: The Trap of Facts
Yesterday we talked about how no amount of sin can break God's love for us or his willingness to forgive us. Today I'd like to point a parable in scripture to illustrate our part in making this happen. The prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) When I've seen this story preached the two moments that tend to … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 4th Thursday of Lent. Our Job in four words
Yesterday in adoration I was reading Jeremiah and it was pretty harsh stuff: A conspiracy has been found, the LORD said to me, among the men of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem. They have returned to the crimes of their forefathers who refused to obey my words. They also have followed and served strange … Continue reading Lenten Reflections Third Tuesday of Lent: Redemption
Today I'd like to show you something that confirms a point I made earlier about God's laws are for our benefit rather than his, even the 1st commandment: I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. You shall not have other gods besides me. … Continue reading Lenten Reflections Third Sunday of Lent No Other Gods…