“I read a proverb which is very popular in some countries: “God owns the world, but he rents it out to the brave”, and it made me think.
—What are you waiting for?”
-Saint Josemaría Escrivá
The new year, 2018, is upon us. How many will be making some resolutions this year. When doing this, we should always keep in mind that God calls us to be daring. Oftentimes that daring takes place in very little ways; in praying even when we are tired, in completing the task at hand well and with great love, turning off the distractions and going to pray or serve and help another person. In inviting another person to return to the Sacraments. Living the virtues of chastity, prudence, justice, temperance, fortitude, which are so often neglected these days. The true rebels are those who boldly live for God. (more…)
As I drive through the area, it is not hard to see: people are already anticipating Christmas. Decorations are already up, and the stores are going wild. The Turkey from Thanksgiving didn’t even get a chance to go cold this year before the Christmas bonanza began. This isn’t surprising, considering some of the dark news: threats from North Korea and the seemingly endless stream of sexual harrassment suits. (more…)
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. (more…)
We must be always vigilant, awaiting the day when we will be called from this life to meet our Lord to be judged. This Gospel reading is from Matthew 24 (42-51), which is full of such warnings. It’s a good idea to read this chapter to get a good sense of the importance of doing what our Lord tells us today: “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come” (Matthew 24:42).
We are fighting a spiritual battle. The devil wants nothing more than to drag us into the pits of hell, and he will begin that by making us forgetful of the call of our Lord. He will do it slowly, of course.