Tag: Conversion

Would You Let Them Drink Poison?

In a recent Sunday Gospel reading, Jesus reminded us that the gate into heaven is a narrow one. (Luke 13) The reading made me uncomfortable. The Church tells us that sin requires an element of knowing that we are doing it. The Gospels this summer...

Overhauling Our Hearts

Our readings for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time call us to a painful overhaul of our heart. It is always painful to probe the recesses of the heart because whatever we find in it might flatten our presumptions and shatter a status quo which might...

Miracles of the Heart

In 1858 Our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette near the town of Lourdes in southern France, and in the years that followed, many miraculous cures occurred at the shrine created there.  Toward the end of the 19th century a famous French novelist named...

An Advent into Eternity

In Germany during World War II, Father Alfred Delp could not stand idly by and watch as the Nazis systematically arrested Jews and sent them off to the death camps. And so he joined a resistance group. His duty was to feed and clothe Jews who were...

Drawing Us to Himself

Have you ever made a simple comment to someone and gotten an unexpected response in return? There are those times in life when, after making a statement to someone, the reaction that we get is greatly out of proportion to our comment or question...

Presenting The Good News To Others

Presenting The Good News To Others

The Gospel reading (Jn 4:5-42) for the Third Sunday of Lent is one of my more favorite passages of scripture. In fact, when Archbishop Allen Vigneron held a consultation for priests recently, he asked us, “What is your image of priesthood?” Mine was...

Do We Really Want To Change?

Do We Really Want To Change?

The basic message of Luke’s Gospel account for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time is that Jesus went into Zacchaeus’ house and Zacchaeus ended up going into God’s house. The message in all three of today’s scripture readings (Wisdom 11:22-12:2;...

Does Your Temple Need To Be Cleansed?

My last article’s theme centered on what it means to be a temple, reflecting on St. Paul’s teaching in 1 Cor 3:16. “Don’t you know that you are a temple of God and the spirit of God dwells in you?” I’d like to take the reflection a step further by...