There are Two Kinds of Priests (Part 1)

“There are two kinds of priests, those people pray for and those for whom people do not” (sister of a priest). Read Part 2 here Homily from 2nd Sunday after Easter (Praying for Shepherds) Let this homily inspire us to pray and offer our daily duties, especially the most difficult ones, as living sacrifices for our priests! We can truly make a difference. They need us! “I am the good Shepherd: and I know Mine, and Mine know Me” (John 10:14). On this Good Shepherd Sunday, instead of focusing on the good shepherds themselves, let us spend our time reflecting on one important way shepherds become good and stay good. To do this well, I am reminded of a pithy saying my sister once spoke to me when

There are Two Kinds of Priests (Part 2)

“There are two kinds of priests, those people pray for and those for whom people do not” (sister of a priest). Read Part 1 here Homily from 2nd Sunday after Easter (Praying for Shepherds) Let this homily inspire us to pray and offer sacrifices and sufferings for our priests! We can truly make a difference. They need us! “I am the good Shepherd: and I know Mine, and Mine know Me” (John 10:14). On this Good Shepherd Sunday, instead of focusing on the good shepherds themselves, let us spend our time reflecting on one important way shepherds become good and stay good. To do this well, I am reminded of a pithy saying my sister once spoke to me when the priest scandals were first coming to light s

Run Your Own Race and No One Else’s in the Spiritual Journey to Heaven

Has God ever asked something of you that feels really hard, and you look around and feel a little singled out? Do you see other people who seem to have it easier, and you wonder why He’s asking so much of you and seemingly letting them get away with less? God loves us too much to leave us where we are. He always draws us closer to Himself, and in doing so, gently reveals things that need to go or need to be gained in order for us to make that spiritual journey. This is the process of growing in spiritual maturity. It’s an intensely personal process; no two journeys are alike. What God asks of one might not be what He is asking of another, and as a result, obedience can sometimes feel lonely.

Why is there Temporal Punishment for Sin; Didn't Jesus Pay Our Debt?

I was discussing Penance, purgatory, and indulgences (among many other topics) with a friend, and the topic of temporal punishment came up. Temporal punishment happens to be closely linked to indulgences, which happen to be linked to the effects of Sacramental Penance, so it was only natural that it be next in line for discussion. In case you aren't familiar with what I'm talking about: "An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven..." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1471, emphasis mine. Learn more about Indulgences here.) Anyone not familiar with that might respond with, "Whoa! Hold up there on the 'temporal punish

Why? Why? Why?

Why? Why? Why? In 2016, I was having a rough week leading up to Mother's Day. Unfortunately, I was heading down into a dark place because I was focusing too much on the pain and confusion. I kept asking God "why?" all week and the more you ask "why" the harder it is to deal with the pain. Why did you let this happen? Why did you not let me know so I could help him? Why would you have allowed me to be so completely in the dark about what was actually going on in his life. I felt that God had not only abandoned me but even went so far as to allow me to be completely deceived into believing that my son was actually doing OK.. His death was a complete blindside! In no way did I see this coming.

Suffering is Meant to Be a Win, Win, Win, Win, Win...

If God is all-good and all-powerful, why is there so much suffering in this world? For those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today (Genesis 50:20). Suffering in itself does not work for the good or automatically make us holy. "If it did, all those in hell would be saved, for they endure great suffering and that pain is eternal. It is because Jesus suffered and we unite our pain to His that suffering changes and transforms us. It is because His Spirit dwells in our souls through Bapt

 
 
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