The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” People were coming and going in great numbers, and they … Continue reading
Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick—no food, no sack, no money in their … 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
In September of 2014, I saw the Mercedarian Sisters again. I was invited to their retreat house in Baton Rogue Louisiana. Originally I could not attend this retreat because of my job. One night I prayed “Lord if you want … Continue reading
Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. They said, “Where did this man get all … 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
And there people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic: “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.” At that, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is … 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!”?