Having become perfect in a short while, he reached the fullness of a long career; for his soul was pleasing to the LORD, therefore he sped him out of the midst of wickedness. (Wisdom 4:13-14) The now quiet old man has grown accustomed to the deepening heat of spring that has accompanied him throughout the
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. (Romans 8:18) A few years back, in a short moment of consolation, God, Our Father, impressed upon my soul they joy of eternity. I hope you will enjoy this short poem. “Always, Forever The
In today’s Gospel, written by St. Luke, Jesus gives us another version of The Beatitudes. Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who are now weeping,
Finding the will of God in our life and then following that will is man’s ultimate test. The test by which we will be judged when we face Christ in judgement. Each of us searches for that will in our own way. The Catechism of the Catholic Church beautifully explains our search for God’s will.
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.
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
The greatest struggles in our lives are often cause for deep personal reflection and the opportunity to grow closer to our Heavenly Father. God, in His infinite mercy, offers each of us a new start each time we fall. Forgiveness, one of our Father’s beautiful gifts, allows the flow of sanctifying grace and revives hope
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!