June 26, 2019

Tag - Perseverance

Where is the Glory?

The following should be a very important question: what is our reaction to what Paul and Barnabas tell us in the Acts of the Apostles (14:21-27)?  It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God. Before we answer that...

Silence

Greater Love hath no man than this: That a man lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:13 I see Jesus in every human being. – Saint Teresa of Calcutta The debate over Martin Scorsese’s Silence is heated among Catholics. Admirers of...

Sorting Things Out

In elementary school, I remember the way teachers would sort large groups of students into smaller ones. Whether they were sorting by grade or class, each of us came to know one thing. When we walked through the school doors, we were fair game for—...

Our Desert Experience

While in church one day, St. Anthony of the Desert (251-356 A.D.) heard a proclamation from the Gospel of Matthew (19:21) that spoke directly to his heart: “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give it to the poor.” For twenty-year...

Send Me

An appropriate title for our reflection on the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time could be: How God’s Word works in us. With Saint Paul, I could say: I am reminding you, my brothers and sisters of this Christian Community, of the gospel I preached to...

Transforming Grace

Some years ago a Christian in India named Sundar was walking with a Buddhist monk on a mountain trail high in the Himalayas. It was late afternoon, and growing very cold; the monk warned him that if they did not reach their destination, a Buddhist...

Let It Be Done For You As You Wish

One of my favorite scriptural passages to use during the Rite of Baptism is found in the Gospel of Matthew (19:13-15): Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people; but Jesus said...

Jesus Is Stronger Than Any Storm

One April day in 1993, two friends—Donald and John—set off from Charleston, South Carolina in Donald’s forty-six foot boat Perseverance on a two-day cruise to Fort Lauderdale in Florida. By the middle of the second day, heavy clouds had set in, and...

How Do I Get There?

How do I get there from here? That question used to be part of every car trip to an unfamiliar place, at least when the wife got her way and the husband asked for directions. About twenty  years ago, a newly married couple from the parish invited me...