“The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:11-12) Pray Lord, King of Kings, Creator of all, Dash my pride on the rocks of life. Humble shall I walk into Your place of rest. Lord, help me change the world by
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
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The delight of a child’s laughter brings joy and hope into the world. That childlike love and innocence give us a guide to the love that our Father in Heaven asks of us all – an unconditional love that lights up the world. Lord, grant us the grace to live a life of childlike love!