June 18, 2020
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Tag: Perseverance

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?

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...

These Are Difficult Times For Committed Christians

These Are Difficult Times For Committed Christians

Legend states that when the Holy Family hurried into the Sinai Peninsula after fleeing from Bethlehem, they were pursued by some of King Herod’s men.  As the soldiers drew near, Joseph and Mary spotted a cave, and quickly hid there with the infant...

Our Perseverance Will Be Rewarded

Our Perseverance Will Be Rewarded

If the Church were to compile a list of its least favorite people throughout history, one of the highest places would be reserved for a 4th century Roman emperor named Julian, who is commonly known as “Julian the Apostate.”  (An apostate is a...

The Courage To Do The Right Thing

The Courage To Do The Right Thing

Many of the saints had to pay a heavy price in order to follow Jesus, respond to His call, and live out their Catholic faith—and quite often the strongest opposition they faced in doing so came from some of their own family members.  For instance...

Never Give Up

Elijah, the prophet, was thoroughly discouraged. He had just had his most famous moment under the sun. In a head-to-head confrontation with the prophets of a false god, he had utterly discredited them and won a resounding victory. The idolatry of...