Posts Tagged ‘faith’

There By Invitation: Part III

There were diverse trials during this journey, but I do not talk about them to gain sympathy. I mention them because they were an integral part of the experience. They were the fodder for growth, for learning to trust, and for learning to accept that I am not in charge. Without the trials, I might […]

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There By Invitation: Part II

The nine-hour flight to Frankfurt was pleasant and the time passed quickly. I slept through about half of it. While I was awake, I watched a couple of movies and I ate. I thought the meals were pretty decent for airlines food, and the attendants came by regularly with water, coffee, and other drinks. When […]

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There By Invitation: Part I

For years I’d wanted to work as a volunteer in Lourdes. I’d wanted to go there with an open heart and mind and to immerse myself in being a servant of Our Lady. I had even travelled to Lourdes with a pilgrimage group in order to explore the possibility and to see if I would […]

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Watch!

In the Gospel reading for this first Sunday of Advent, Jesus said, “Be watchful! Be alert!” (Mark 13:33) Those verses in the New American Bible are translated as, “Be Constantly on the watch! Stay Awake!” Jesus made this statement after outlining the events that would precede His return at the end of time. The obvious […]

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Advent: A Time Of Expectancy

Advent begins with us looking at the eventual end of the world. The passage in today’s Gospel account is taken from St. Mark’s (13:33-37) report of Jesus speaking to His disciples about the end of the world, telling them (and us) to be watchful and alert because we do now know when the Last Day […]

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Long Live Christ the King!

November 23, 1927. The dirty walls of the place of execution resounded with the shout, “Viva Cristo Rey! Long Live Christ the King!” And Blessed Miguel Pro completed his life, his arms held out wide in the form of a cross. His shout was the defiant cry of the Cristeros, the Catholics of Mexico who […]

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God Entrusts Many Gifts To Us

Once upon a time there was a good and wise king, much loved by his people and truly concerned for their well-being. One day he called together his three daughters and said, “I wish to go off and spend much time in prayer and learn more about God; in my absence, the three of you […]

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If Christ is Our King

I don’t know who first uttered these words but they set forth a truly important bit of wisdom: If there is nothing above us we will be consumed by all that is around us. Our nation’s Founding Fathers recognized its truth when they wrote: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that […]

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Gifts To Treasure

I would like to thank you for inviting me to be part of this interfaith program on marriage. I am a husband, father of five children (four daughters), business professional, and long-time university lecturer. Six years ago, on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, I was ordained to the diaconate by then Archbishop of Detroit, […]

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Developing Our Talents

Every few years someone makes a dire prediction the world is coming to an end on a specific date. Each prediction is vehement, expressed with certainty, and wrong. Last January a teen confronted me with, “Christ is supposed to come again this year. What do you think about that?” I responded, “I think I’d better […]

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