Our Faith is so smart! Even the liturgical calendar is smart. There are exactly nine months until Christmas, which is why today (ah-hem ...a few days ago, actually), we mark the Annunciation of the Lord’s birth by the angel Gabriel. Today’s gospel is often associated with children’s Christmas plays, but for us today, it falls within Lent. Why?
Fish or Cut Bait
The disciples were confused by many things that Jesus said to them, but I doubt they were confused by today’s passage. As we progress through this part of John’s Gospel, we’re getting to the “fish or cut bait” part of Jesus’s ministry. Are you with him, or not?
Beyond the Day Spa – to a Hospital for Sinners
We all love a good cliché, even one about the Church. A quote attributed Saint Augustine comes to mind here: "The church is not a hotel for saints, it is a hospital for sinners."
Considering our Family Tree Gospel Reflection
This forced isolation is a perfect time to get my life together! I’m going to organize and purge, quit binge-watching Netflix, and finally sit down to read the Bible front to back. Well, maybe not the Old Testament - so many rules and too much smiting. But I can totally relate to the New Testament. But wait, you open Matthew, and the first thing you read is a long boring list of Old Testament people who seem sort of familiar.
Encouragement from 52 Weeks with St. Faustina
I recently reviewed 52 Weeks with Saint Faustina by author Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle. I have greatly enjoyed leafing through Donna-Marie’s book and rededicating my prayer time to saying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the prayer that Jesus gave St. Faustina. 52 Weeks with St. Faustina lends itself to people like me! I start the year… Continue reading Encouragement from 52 Weeks with St. Faustina