An Irish nun from St. Albert the Great school in Dearborn, Mich. once told our second grade class that if we said 10 Our Father’s, 10 Hail Mary’s, and 10 Glory Be’s, we would release someone from Purgatory. I imagined how happy I had just made someone whenever I completed the 3 decades of prayer.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Earth Day is a good time to ask: Did God Screw Up? It would seem, according to population mongers, that the planet got too small under the weight of humanity. Yet, would an all-knowing God create a world we would outgrow?
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
It’s not humility to declare one’s self as insufficient. It’s a rejection of God.
Selfishness is trending. This month the NY Times article No Kids for Me, Thanks trotted out the latest self-centered choice gaining acceptance: choosing childlessness. Granted, selfishness is in our bones from the moment of birth when it was me, me, me, 24/7. But just like diapers, we are supposed to grow out of it.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
On Holy Thursday, at the precipice of his horrible suffering and death, Jesus stated his deepest desire. He knew upon leaving the Last Supper, that it would be a short time before he was inflicted with unimaginable suffering and crucifixion.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
“It always amazes me that at the Last Supper, when Jesus said, ‘One of you will betray me,’ that no one knew who it was,” Msgr. Thomas Richter said during a Holy Week homily. Such secrecy, he pointed out, is what led to Judas’s betrayal of Christ.
All of Christendom thinks “betrayer” at the name of Judas. Yet, while the 12 apostles reclined with him at the Last Supper table, no one suspected Judas.
Monday, March 23, 2015
This story was originally submitted for Amazing Grace for the Catholic Heart by Rosemary Kadrmas, mother for Fr. Chris Kadrmas. It is a story of faith everlasting and a reminder of the dignity of all human life.
In the late 1990’s I worked in the activities department at a local nursing home where we often brought out the Alzheimers Unit residents to join the other residents’ activities. Some days Arlene, my co-worker, and I really wondered if it was worth all the effort.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Dear Lord, I pray for the conversion of ______(fill in the blank). We all have names to insert. Divine lightening to strike them into holy submission would be lovely, but even a simple push in the right direction would be mightily appreciated.
“Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son,” John 14:13. God will keep his promises, so in Jesus’ name we pray. And wait.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Last Summer, the physician’s assistant that gave my 12 and 15 year-old boys their sport physicals, surprised me by also giving a mini sex talk. I was somewhat speechless at the time, but after collecting my thoughts, I wrote a letter.
Last summer, you asked my 12-year-old son: “Do you know about sex?” Following his slow nod, you rapid-fired your next question. “Do you know about condoms?” He was there for a sport physical.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
What did Jesus do to get the maximum out of his ministry? He prepared by first going into the wilderness to fast for forty days.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:16: “When you fast...” not “If you fast...” The first Christians fasted (Acts 13:2-3; 14:23). It was nothing new. Moses and Elijah had done the same. Fasting and putting on sackcloth saved the city of Nineveh from destruction. King David said, "I humble myself through fasting” (Psalm 35:13).
Monday, February 16, 2015
-To spell it out for a morally challenged culture, I interviewed Fr. Patrick, an exorcist, along with three members of his deliverance team about the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon.