Tag: Trust

We Hold This Treasure in Earthen Vessels

The recent liturgical memorial of St Clare was a great blessing for me. Besides the holy life this great follower of St Francis’ ideal lived, an ideal which still inspires and appeals to us today after eight centuries, this liturgical memorial was...

Regarding our Fears

Over a hundred years ago, in the days of vaudeville, there was a husband-and-wife team named “Boris and Olga” who performed a knife-throwing act. Olga would stand next to a wooden wall on stage, while Boris, from twenty feet away, threw knives all...

When He Shouts Our Name

In my 50 years of ministerial priesthood, I found myself confronted by situations that elicited in me spontaneous, irrepressible pity.  As a priest, of course, I know, and I preach about the value of suffering in union with Christ. I maintain...

Jesus’ Team

Do we want to be on the team Jesus is coaching? Before we answer that question, which seems a no-brainer, let us pause to see if we have what it takes to make his team. Jesus picks exclusively those with the highest spiritual IQ. What is it? Well...

Placing God at the Center of our Heart

Whenever life gets to be too heavy, the world proposes its ways to lighten it up and unwind: drugs, alcohol, speed, travels, a change of pace, trying something totally new or extreme or wild and so on. We, of course, have our own ways, tested over...

Following Him

The pages of the Gospels are designed to bring us comfort and enlighten our path to the Kingdom of God, because our life unfolds in the wake of the total transformation offered to all those who believe in the Resurrection. Yet, the page for this...

Disappointment with the Hierarchy

In a court deposition, Bishop Emeritus Howard J. Hubbard, Diocese of Albany NY, has admitted that when he received reports that eleven of his priests had sexually assaulted children, he neither notified the police, nor informed the laity...

Giving Him Our Love and Trust

Early in the 20th century, there was a man in Scotland—we’ll call him Owen—who, as a boy of fifteen, had fallen and broken his back. As a result, he was confined to his bed for the next forty years, all the while in terrible pain. Nevertheless, his...