“[Saint Joseph] also teaches us that amid the tempests of life, we must never be afraid to let the Lord steer our course. At times, we want to be in complete control, yet God always sees the bigger picture.” It’s not always easy to accept the fact that we’re not
On December 8th of 2020 Pope Francis declared a “Year of Saint Joseph.” The pope also wrote an apostolic letter, “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”) proclaiming the virtues of Saint Joseph and encouraging the faithful to follow in his footsteps. For fathers especially, the example of Saint Joseph is
The 20th Century was one of the bloodiest in human history. The damage wrought in those years shook the faith of many. Yet God never abandons His people, and is often most active amidst the greatest storms. Consider God’s work amidst the storms of the 20th Century: July 28, 1914:
Our parish priest shared a powerful story about God’s forgiveness recently that I had to share. The story concerns Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, to whom Jesus revealed the devotion to his Sacred Heart. When Saint Margaret Mary shared Jesus’ message with her confessor, Saint Claude do la Colombiere, he was
A friend shared a prayer with me, the Surrender Novena, that I had to share with you. This prayer was given to Servant of God Dolindo Ruotolo by Jesus. I found the Lord’s words in this prayer so profound and so comforting. About Father Dolindo. He was born in Naples
I like to end my nightly prayers by saying, “Good night, Jesus. Good night, Mary. I love you. I’ll see you soon.” In one of the Narnia books, Aslan, the lion who is the Christ-figure in the story, tells the children that something good is going to happen “soon.” The
Many Catholics have heard of and made the First Fridays devotion that comes from a promise Jesus made to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. Other Catholics know of the first Saturdays devotion that Mary revealed to Saint Lucia dos Santos. And many Catholics know of neither of these devotions. So what
In France in the year 1664, a seventeen year-old girl was enjoying herself dancing at a ball, when she saw Jesus as He looked during His Passion. Jesus asked her if she had forgotten about Him. That girl entered a convent, and added the name Mary to her given name,
“Say the word, Lord. I am ready to strike. Say the word, and I will destroy all those who kill you.” “Put away your sword, Michael. It is for their sake that my blood is being spilled.” (1275) “But you desire justice, Lord. It isn’t just for you to suffer.
Spending time in prayer talking with Jesus is an end to itself, but it is also necessary if we are going to perform works of mercy. Cardinal Angelo Comastri tells a remarkable story about meeting Mother Theresa that illustrates the intimate connection between a rich prayer life and a fruitful
So how do we have a personal encounter with Jesus? We talk to Him. I’ve written elsewhere about the value of praying the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Those are exceptional, efficacious prayers that lead to the salvation of souls. They are prayers that Jesus and Mary have expressly
Pope Francis, at the beginning of his first exhortation to the world, invited “all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting Him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No
1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— 3 and he will delight in the
As he walked up Tepeyac Hill to attend mass on December 9, 1531, Juan Diego had already seen so many dramatic changes in his life as to make the challenges we face in 2020 seem very small. He was born in 1474 and was given the name “Cuauhtlatoatzin,” which means
What does it mean to consecrate (or entrust) yourself to Mary? Why should you do it? A consecration to Mary is more accurately described as a consecration to Jesus through Mary. We go to Mary to get to Jesus, and she is the best possible person to lead us to
Richard Bauckham, in Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony, makes a strong argument for the gospels, not as a product of oral tradition far removed from the apostles, but rather as eyewitness testimony from the apostles and disciples of Jesus. Consider these points: In some instances the
A reader of this blog mentioned to me that he was reading a book about Jesus where the author questioned the reliability of the gospels since the four evangelists were apologists. I’d like to address the reliability of the gospels in this post. Q. Were the gospel writers apologists? A.
God is absolutely true, absolutely good, and absolutely beautiful. Every smidgen of truth, every iota of goodness, and every ounce of beauty come from God. Having children is a good thing. Having children is a beautiful thing. And having children is a true thing – true in the profound sense
Suffering has no meaning – unless Jesus rose from the dead. The Son of God became man so that He could share in our humanity and raise us up to His divinity. In becoming man, while He did not sin, He accepted the wages of sin – suffering and death.
“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who