Unfolding the Holy Work of Creation

Unfolding the Holy Work of Creation

Parent is a domestic minister, a domestic prophet, a domestic priest.

“Whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these,”

Scrubbing the pan in which Sunday’s pot roast was roasted, getting your children to and from school, doctor’s appointments, rehearsals and practices, paying the bills and balancing the checkbook are hardly inspiring, exhilarating experiences. But they are holy acts.

The details of being a parent — cleaning, teaching, driving to and picking up, paying tuition, guiding, counseling, feeding, clothing — take on a spiritual character when they are part of the work of transforming a child into a sacred and thoughtful and engaged adult. Continue reading

Judging Others vs Showing Compassion

Judging Others vs Showing Compassion

“… her many sins have been forgiven because she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”

For almost two years Peter and Susan traveled together through the terrifying wilderness of serious illness.

Susan had just returned home from playing tennis when she suddenly dropped to the kitchen floor. She was rushed to the emergency room of the local hospital, where she was stabi­lized. As her husband Peter and their children Jacob and Rachel watched helplessly, Susan was put on life support before being airlifted to a university hospital. Susan had suffered a brain aneurysm.

It was the beginning of an 18-month odyssey for Susan and Peter and their family that including three brain surgeries, dev­astating setbacks, frustrating rehab, erratic mood swings — and waiting – and struggling to pray. Continue reading

My Sheep Hear My Voice

My Sheep Hear My Voice

4th Sunday In Easter

“My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me …”

Every evening she could hear the newborn in the apartment next door cry and cry. The parents put the child to sleep alone in the dark. The baby cries for a long time; the exhaust­ed parents clearly are oblivious to their child’s anguish or are at a loss as to what to do.

What can or should she do? She’s not sure. Speaking to the parents might make what is just an annoying situation into something much worse.

So, in her struggle and anguish, she decides to pray.  And lo and behold; during her earnest prayer, God’s good grace inspires her to sing! Continue reading

Who is This Rich Young Man?

Who is This Rich Young Man?

ProLifeCorner-   Who is This Rich Young Man?

 “Jesus said to the rich young man, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

As Jesus was setting out, a young man ran up, knelt down before him and asked, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jesus answered, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except…”

Jesus was suddenly interrupted by the ringing of the young man’s cell phone.

“Hello? Hey, Sam. Can’t right now. I’m in the middle of something. A time management thing. You gonna be at this number for a while? Great. I’ll get right back.”

Jesus waited patiently for the young man to finish, and then continued, “You know the commandments: You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal…” Continue reading

Help Wanted Planned Parenthood Style

Help wanted-Planned Parenthood style

ProLifeCorner-  If, by chance,  Planned Parenthood would run an ad for a new executive it might read something like this:

Planned Parenthood is now seeking a bright young executive. This person must be willing to aid a mother in the killing of her baby “with compassion”; must be pleasant and cheerful and cannot have a squeamish stomach; person should be able to offer our  service of distributing human body parts to various elements, including the food industry- for the purpose of creating products that would enhance the taste of our foods and drink. Continue reading

Respect Life; A Ministry of Compassion

ProLifecorner.com- 10-6-2013-By Timothy Barr- In our collection of miss-quotes of Pope Francis, the latest one having to do with him supposedly saying that we are not supposed to talk about the hot button issues. Actually, if one were to read the transcripts, you would find a great balance of truth in teaching the same truths the Church always taught and the love that Christ and the saints have always expressed. Continue reading