At The Foot of The Cross As we enter the season of Lent, the world around us is embroiled in a great spiritual battle. Lines are drawn, salvation is at hand and souls are at risk. Lent, a time of penance and repentance, is spent at the foot of the cross. The centurion and the
Turn The Other Cheek? "You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on [your] right cheek, turn the other one to him as well. If anyone wants to
There are times in our lives when we suffer under the weight of our sin. Collectively and individually we suffer. We see society suffering under the heavy cross of our sins. We see our friends, family and people everywhere suffering under the weight of sin. Today's gospel offers a powerful recognition of this suffering. For
“Who am I to judge?” The words of Pope Francis have been often repeated, used wisely and misused since he posed the question in July of 2013. Most often, those using the quotation leave out the preceding portion of the statement, “seeks God and has good will.” The two phrases of the statement are inseparable.
This verse has been impressed on my heart as of late. Repeated over and over in the quiet of the cell of my soul. At its inner recesses I can hear Him calling. Quietly calling. He calls all of humanity. Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion
The Word of God is the most appropriate response to guide us in our troubled times. Violence and deceit are not the answers to our troubles. Our God is so good He knows exactly what we need. As a civil society we can disagree with our leaders while obeying laws. We can protest peacefully in
Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17) The world around us is angry.The devil is devouring souls like a roaring lion. Pray, pray and pray again. This morning, after I spent time working my way through my normal morning routine, two thoughts struck me I would like to share. First, violence does not constitute free speech
New E-Book available on Amazon in February. Three deeply personal reflections for the Lenten season by James A. Toups https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FXXmpZzZRQM
Yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me. (Galatians 2:20) As I walk through the dark of this night, Lord, Shine Your light of Hope.