When people hear the word “pilgrimage,” many think of far-off destinations, such as Lourdes, Fatima, or Santiago de Compostela. Today, in the digital era, we have the opportunity to make a pilgrimage without ever leaving our hometown. In fact, the U.S. Bishops are asking Catholics to consider making a digital pilgrimage with the intention of… Read More Bishops Invite All Catholics to Make a Digital Pilgrimage for Life
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a Responsorial Psalm Ps 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14 Reading 2 Rom 9:1-5 Gospel Mt 14:22-33 Sometimes the Lord seems distant when problems and adversity comes your way. Just like the disciples found themselves in peril on an angry sea. Although they were experienced fisherman, they feared… Read More Sunday Meditation – August 10, 2014 – Stay in the Boat
Jesus hand-picked both these two men for a uniquely special purpose in His Church. If you look on the surface, neither man was anything special. In fact, both men had serious character flaws. Peter: a profane man—“depart from me Lord, for I am a profane man” Peter: a cowardly man—“I swear I do not know… Read More Sunday Meditation – June 29: Peter and Paul: Two Unlikely Men
People today, constantly on the go, are not easily convinced that they need some quiet time to have a look at themselves and ask hard questions , such as : Am I consistent with my past? Have I changed values? Do I love God and all his people? Do I act on it?… Read More Sunday Meditation – June 1, 2014 – Quiet Time and Hard Questions
The setting is Holy Thursday, before the last supper. Jesus knows what is next yet instead of focusing on His gruesome death to come He lovingly, passionately reassures the disciples that He loves them; that there is a Way. He is the Way. And that He will send an Advocate to help and guide them. They are listening and watching intently. Wondering what He means …… Read More Sunday Meditation – May 25, 2014 – Follow My Commandments, Love and Trust
There is this common misconception among people today that following God does not lead to freedom and happiness. Instead it enslaves one to a distant God that does not really care about them. The question arises in people, ¨I mean, come on! If He really wanted your happiness would he make you follow all those crazy rules?¨ … Read More Sunday Meditation – May 11, 2014 – Crazy rules, a face in the crowd, or personally loved?
In the Gospel reading for this Sunday of Divine Mercy, we continue to celebrate Christ’s humble obedience to His Father and His subsequent victory over sin and death. All this while being witness to the heart of Jesus in His ”glorified body”. We experience the depth of His love and mercy when He burst through locked doors to be with His brothers where they were “hiding” so He can empower them and the Church to forgive and retain sins.
Divine Mercy is the feast instituted by Blessed John Paul II in May of 2000. He will be
canonized along with Pope John XXIII this Sunday. … Read More Sunday Meditation – April 27, 2014 – Divine Mercy Sunday – The Best of Times
There is hope because of our burning love for Christ.
In the Gospel passage this Easter Sunday, we have St. Mary Magdalene. Imagine her deep love for our Lord. She wakes up early to visit Jesus. During that time, maybe she was still grieving from Jesus’ death. We sometimes miss to see Jesus in our lives during our grief. It could be a loss of a loved one, failing health or sickness, loss of a job, broken relationship, an unanswered prayer or any type of suffering and trials we are going through. We sometimes slowly forget to see Jesus alive and working in our lives since we are focused with our problems and trials in life.… Read More Sunday Meditation – April 20, 2014 – Easter – Hope from Our Burning Love for Christ
Self-giving love: that is what love really is:
Isn’t love just a simple emotion, something that I am feeling today for someone but may not tomorrow? Is love a fleeting feeling? Yes, I loved you today, but I can’t be sure that I’ll love you forever.
Or, perhaps it is something much more.… Read More Self-Giving Love
A vintage photo in the men’s room of a Cary grocery store shows sunset on a beach over a quote from the Chinese sunset-on-pacific-oceanphilosopher Lao Tzu, who said “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” The same may be said even more truly of Grace.
Scripture readings today affirm that God does nothing by half measures.
… Read More Sunday Meditation – April 6, 2014 – God is all in for us. Are we for Him?