True love demands that we want what is best for the beloved. As Christians, our love for others should be manifest in a desire for them to possess the highest good: the friendship of God. If you don’t wish God’s friendship for a person then you do not wish what is best for them. To this end, […]
The first reading at Mass today is Ephesians 6:10-20. It reminds us that “our struggle is not with flesh and blood.” For this reason, we are exhorted to put on the “armor of God.” In our growth in holiness and struggle against sin few weapons are as powerful as the Holy Rosary. Pray it daily.
Today the Church celebrates the feast day of two men chosen by Christ to be his apostles: Saints Simon & Jude. The details of their lives are sparse. However, the details we do have provide insight into our lives today. The gospels refer to Simon as “the zealot.” This refers not to his political affiliation, […]
This week’s YouTube message, filmed from the kayak on Plymouth Harbor… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Hyeg-ebRrc Drawing from Matthew 22:15-21 (this weekend’s Gospel), I try to draw the distinction among the three types of piety. What do you think about the readings from Holy Mass this weekend?
There seems to be a bit of confusion in the news about what is going on at the bishops’ synod in Rome. It is times like this that we need the intercession of the saints, especially the saint the Church celebrates today, Saint Theresa of Avila. Saint Theresa in her time had a knack for […]
Saint Jerome gives us fitting instruction on the feast of Saint Francis: Even in small things, the same (greatness of) spirit is revealed. We admire the Creator, not only as the framer of Heaven and earth, of sun and ocean, of elephants, camels, horses, oxen, leopards, bears, and lions, but also as the maker of tiny […]
Remember: guardian angels are not mere mythology or the stuff of fairytales. They are efficacious ministers who help keep us safe on the path to eternal salvation. Devotion your angel isn’t something which should only take place when you are young. We need their protection at every age because at every age the devil tries […]
Who are your friends? What kind of people do you pal around with? Are you edified by your friends? Do your friends lift you up emotionally or spiritually? Healthy friendships are the ones which we enjoy now and also enjoy in heaven. This is the fundamental message of Luke 8:19-21. Jesus reports that his closest […]
The Book of Proverbs teaches us that God is stern with the arrogant, yet kind to the humble (cf. Proverbs 3:34). Think about it: the arrogant person is so full of himself that there is no room for God. On the contrary, the humble person has empty hands because he rightly sees his own poverty before […]