Tag: Grace

God’s Grace is Always With Us

It’s always been regarded as certain that St. Thomas the Apostle eventually ended up preaching the Gospel in India, where he was a powerful and successful missionary for many years, before dying as a martyr—but that doesn’t mean he answered his...

Our Fallen Nature: Rescued by Love

At the beginning of Lent, those to be received into the Catholic Church at Easter are elected by the bishop for the Easter sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist. These Elect, as they are now called, begin their final period of...

In All Things Look to the End

In ancient Greece a famous philosopher visited a certain city and began speaking in the public forum. A wealthy man was entertaining friends, and he and his guests heard the philosopher was in their city. As a joke, the host ordered one of his...

Francesco, The NO Son

Francesco was spoiled to the core. In his late teen years, his life could be summarized in this terse agenda: wine, women and song. Whenever not busy partying in dissipation, he would hone his skills of archery, wrestling and horsemanship. He was...

Everyday Grace

Last Sunday, as I stood in line to receive communion, I noticed an elderly couple across from me. Both were stooped and feeble, she more so. She also appeared to be suffering from some form of dementia. Her husband gently guided her to communion and...

Grace that Finds the Lost

The Book of Wisdom (11:22-12:2) describes our God as being an amazingly majestic Creator that no human mind can ever fully know or understand. This text speaks of the awesome, never ending, creative, love of God. And in comparison to such an awesome...

Our Brother’s Keeper?

A question is asked of us: Are we are brother’s keeper? In Detroit, perhaps no priest epitomized this more than the late Msgr. Clement Kern. From 1947-77, he was pastor at Most Holy Trinity parish in the Corktown area of downtown. According to...

His Grace Makes All the Difference

There was once a pastor whose personal copy of the New Testament was falling apart from constant use, so he sent it to a book-binding company to have it rebound.  The company did a nice job, putting on a new black imitation leather cover.  However...