Some updates and a refreshed look

Please be patient. I have decided to continue blogging, but I will take it to the next level. Hopefully this website can be a resource for people to truly know and love Christ.

I decided to buy my own domain, frpetercrowe.com. I am also trying to experiment with some of the different WordPress themes. Any suggestions about content or layout are appreciated!

I am trying to put into practice some good wisdom from St Josemaria Escriva:

“Don’t let your life be barren. Be useful. Make yourself felt. Shine forth with the torch of your faith and your love.

With your apostolic life, wipe out the trail of filth and slime left by the corrupt sowers of hatred. And set aflame all the ways of the earth with the fire of Christ that you bear in your heart.”

Thanksgiving!

Homily preached at St Benedict Catholic Church, Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017.

Often when we think of Thanksgiving, we think of Puritan pilgrims and native Americans eating a meal together. However, the real roots of thanksgiving are actually very Catholic.

When the first Spanish settlers landed in what is now St. Augustine on September 8, 1565, to build a settlement, their first act was to have their Chaplain offer the Mass to thank God for the safe arrival of the Spanish fleet… After the Mass, Father Francisco Lopez, the Chaplain of the Spanish ships and the first pastor of St. Augustine, stipulated that the natives from the Timucua tribe be fed along with the Spanish settlers, including Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, the leader of the expedition. It was the very first Thanksgiving and the first Thanksgiving meal in the United States. Read More

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Maybe you have had the great grace of having a health scare. Why is it a great grace? Well, let’s play this out: the doctor notices something in a checkup. He takes a sample of the spot and says he will call you in a few days. You go home worried–could this be fatal? What will happen? A few days later the doctor calls-yes, it is cancer. You need to call doctor so and so, a specialist surgeon, to have the spot removed and to see if the cancer has spread. So you go, but you have to delay the surgery because the doctor’s schedule. The surgery takes place, but in the meantime you have had one test after another. Yet now you have to wait to see if the glands the doctor removed had been infected with the cancer before the second surgery. If not, you are cancer free. If so, treatment starts for a pretty deadly form of cancer. Read More

A special Grace

Yesterday I had a very powerful experience that I will probably never fully understand. I was doing some reading yesterday morning and the phone rang: it was about 5:45 am. Sure enough, it was the hospital summoning me to the emergency room. I arrived and the nurse brought me to the room where a woman was lying on a bed, having some trouble breathing. Read More

30th Sunday Ordinary Time—The twofold Commandment

“Love begins here” so proclaimed an advertisement for a bridal convention I saw on a billboard recently. Is it really true that love begins when we buy things? If that is the case we are in trouble! I imagine things at a bridal convention are a little more expensive than a gum ball.

So what is Love and where does it really begin? St Thomas Aquinas notes very simply: “to Love is To will the good of the other”. Our Lord shows us the ultimate expression of love from the cross when he goes against his own natural desires, and totally accepts the will of the Father. He then goes through excruciating torture and humiliation to bear our sins in his own body and soul and to open the gates of heaven. Read More

26th Sunday–True Freedom from Fear

My aunt used to tell her children “a fair is something you go to in the summer time.” In other words, life is not “fair”! The Israelites should heed my aunt’s wisdom as they receive a strong reprimand from the Lord: “You say, “The LORD’S way is not fair!” Hear now, house of Israel: Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?” Read More

Tips for prayer from a Doctor of the Church

I wrote down some quotes from St Francis de Sales “Introduction to the Devout Life” on mental prayer. Here is what he has to say…

 

Tips from Saint Francis de Sales

“Introduction to the Devout Life”

Part II,

Chapter II

First, a lively earnest realisation that His Presence is universal; that is to say, that He is everywhere, and in all, and that there is no place, nothing in the world, devoid of His Most Holy Presence, so that, even as birds on the wing meet the air continually, we, let us go where we will, meet with that Presence always and everywhere. Read More