July 22, 2019

Tag - Faith

Our Eighth Day?

A story. A smile. A laugh. A handshake. A friendship. A meal. A hug. A kiss. A life. These are just some of the things we share with others. But how about our faith? In my homilies at baptisms, I often use one of the most familiar examples of faith...

The Faith vs Works Controversy

St. Paul claimed that we are saved by faith alone (Romans, 4:2,3,13); St. James claimed that faith must be joined by good works (2:21-24). Interestingly, both men used the biblical story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac to support...

Sharing our Faith

Once there was a man named Bill who owned a small grocery store in a little Midwestern town named Willow Bluff. He was a simple man who ended up making a big difference in the lives of many people. Most other small businesses in town had closed, due...

Putting Christ First

Many people are looking forward to the 2016 summer Olympics, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this August. One of the greatest stories in Olympic history occurred in Paris in 1924. A young man from Scotland named Eric Liddell was...

Death is an Uncomfortable Subject

In the First Book of Kings (17:17-24) and the Gospel of Luke (7:11-17), we hear the stories of two mothers, who were both widows, losing their only son. In both stories, the young men were raised from the dead, restored to life and returned to their...

The Ideal Disciple

Come to think of it, to illustrate in fitting fashion the most earthshaking event in the history of humankind ever, the Church should have picked an Easter gospel passage that conveyed clearly and unequivocally the Resurrection of Jesus from the...

Swimming Against the Tide

Once there was a farmer who wanted to teach his twelve-year-old son how to plow a field one spring day.  This happened over a hundred years ago, before there were tractors or other mechanical devices; a plow would be hitched up to a horse, and the...

The Cross and the Flag?

In the November wake of 9/11, I bought a small lapel pin at the St. Patrick Cathedral gift shop in New York City.  It depicted a small cross and an American flag, leaning on each other at a 45-degree angle. The pin beautifully linked these two...

How Closely Do We Follow Him?

After reading the 6th chapter of the Gospel of John and reflecting on Jesus as the Bread of Life that the Father has given to his adopted children, it is time to draw some vital conclusions. What the risen Lord teaches us is something that is...