October 17, 2019

Tag - Prayer

We Ought to Pray for Each Other

Undoubtedly, these thirteen verses from the Gospel of Luke (16:1-13)must be the most controversial parable in the whole Gospel. Well, it is so only to us Westerners, since our culture and our upbringing are keen on integrity and honesty and thus we...

Pray the Psalms

I like to blame my public school upbringing for many of my Catholic deficiencies. Yes, it is a weak excuse for my lax efforts, but nevertheless it is what comes to mind when I think about how little I know about the Psalms. Growing up, the Psalms...

Make Me A House of Prayer

In a recent talk I was wisely reintroduced to the art of prayer through a simple, beautiful and profound worship song by Eddie James, entitled: Make me a house of prayer. The words of this praise are very telling! First of all, there is a clear...

Praying In and With Christ Jesus

From time to time we are blessed with experiences of extreme beauty that leave us breathless. Think, if you will, of certain sunsets or of a mountain ridge emerging from the hazy fog below, lit up by the morning sun. We realize, then, that we are...

Dear God

A friend of mine in the Ignatian Associates has been telling me of late that she has been writing letters to God every day. Little did I know this idea was from Flannery O’Connor: “Dear God, In a way I got a good punishment for my lack of...

Celebrating Thanksgiving

Special days of thanksgiving existed in earlier cultures, including Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and ancient Jewish, yet we Americans are more familiar with the ones that occurred several hundred years ago in Florida, Virginia, and most notably Plymouth...

The Wise

Without fail, from time to time, at least since about the year 1000 AD, self-appointed prophets of doom have predicted the imminent end of the world. Those who are more easily affected by predictions of doom lose the last shreds of their peace of...

Sometimes It’s the Bogeyman

I guess it’s the stage in life I am in, but the millennial generation really scares me. It’s our fault. We’ve fed them a steady diet of artificial sweetener and then wonder why they can’t handle the bitterness in life. Last night I was jarred awake...

Papier-mâché Christianity

Chances are you’ve heard of the famous Passion Play of Oberammergau in Germany. Back in 1633, one hundred villagers died in an epidemic of the bubonic plague, and the people vowed that if God would spare the rest of them, they would reenact the...

Following Jesus

In the past, I ministered at one of the prisons in Michigan. In that experience, I learned that there are basically two types of inmates. There are those who will benefit from the experience, take advantage of the counseling opportunities that are...

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