Many of Jesus’s disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you? What if you were to see … Continue reading
The Jews murmured about Jesus because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven, ” and they said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph? Do we not know his father and mother? Then how can … Continue reading
When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus. And when they found him across the sea they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you … Continue reading
Isn’t it funny that we so often behave as if everything depends on ourselves? My trust in Jesus was strained and once, more I felt like giving up on my discernment. My biggest problem was reconciling the person I once … Continue reading
My journey through the faith has seemed long and arduous for one who has only been Catholic for 7 years. I’ve passed through dryness, darkness, sadness and more than a couple faith crises. In all this, Jesus kept me strong. … Continue reading
“This is a hard teaching, who can accept it?” Jesus’s disciples said over 2,000 years ago in reference to the Holy Eucharist. For human beings, it seems that those things most lofty and beautiful are often “hard”. This is because … Continue reading
My favorite day of the liturgical calendar, hands down, is Corpus Christi. It is truly a day about what defines and sustains us as Catholics: the body of Christ offered upon the cross, resurrected and made present on every altar. … Continue reading
Young souls are suffering and being lost for lack of sound teaching. The world of increasing ugliness, materialism and absurdity threatens to drown all hope. Christ is the source of that hope. Young ears ache to hear his words, to be challenged and uplifted by the Gospel of God. Their hearts and souls deeply thirst to experience the transforming sacraments.
Masses of young souls are wandering around wanting desperately to know that this life is not all there is. Hunger for beauty, timelessness, goodness and truth is what will draw them into our churches. When they see the Church as not another organization but truly a body touched by the divine, their hearts will incline. Nothing of this world will draw them- nor anything of compromise or popular fashion. And should they find a church, how with such restlessness do they go from one to the other, begging for God? The most heartbreaking words you will ever hear a young person utter are that the Catholic Church sought to entertain them and not feed them, that they could not find an answer for their sufferings in an abundance of moral platitudes, that they could not find God in the Holy Mass.
Away with the banalities and ugliness! Away with the cowardly spirit that threatens to strangle our Catholic religion and cut off the channel of grace to millions of straying hearts!When will the hunger for authentic and relevant Catholicism be satisfied? When will the people turn away from vanities and empty humanism of which they eat and still die? When will they cry out: “We want the Eucharist!”?
The Office of Readings has been going through the book of Hebrews which goes to length describing Jesus as a High Priest who mediates between man and God. We are told that Jesus unlike other priests has no need to … Continue reading
Clouds of sweet incense hung in the air. The small chapel was dimly lit, almost dark except for a few candles, which guarded the altar. They cast golden light on my face as I eyed the little, covered tabernacle seated … Continue reading