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

Spiritual Blindness

Spiritual Blindness

“They answered him, You were born in utter sin, and you would teach us? And they cast him out!”

The late neurologist and author Oliver Sacks wrote about a man born blind whose sight was restored. This miracle occurred nei­ther through prayer, nor through a concoction of dirt and divine saliva, but through a surgical correction of the patient’s eyes.

The blind man agreed eagerly to the surgery, experimental and delicate though it was. The operation went well, although the man’s eyes had to be bandaged for a time to let them heal, but at last the day came when the bandages could be removed. The surgical team, the man’s family, and others assembled as the nurses carefully unwound the dressings from the patient’s face. All were hushed, expectant.

For the first time in his life, the man opened his eyes and …

What were they expecting? What would you expect?

Jubilation! Joy! “Ah, color! Light! My wife’s sweet face, just as I’d always imagined it!”

But instead, the man turned his head from side to side to side. His expression was baffled and frightened.

“What’s wrong?” his doctor asked at last, and at the sound of his voice, the man turned in his direction.

“Oh, my God!” he said, his voice trembling. “I thought I was all alone.” And the man began to weep.

The man had been blind since birth. His brain knew only sound and touch, smell and taste; it had never received visual stimulation. It had never developed the neural pathways needed for processing visual images and had never created categories by which he might understand the data now crashing against his retinas on waves of light. Technically, his eyes worked — but he could not make sense of what he saw. Continue reading

Difficulty is Part of the Gift

Difficulty is Part of the Gift

“Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to Him, “Are you He who is to come, or shall we look for another?”

One Christmas a boy in a remote far away village gave his teacher an exquisite seashell as a gift. He had walked many difficult miles over treacherous terrain to find it, to a special bay, the only place such shells could be found.

The teacher was quite moved by the boy’s gift, and understood where it had come from and the difficulty involved in obtaining it: “What a beautiful shell. You must have walked many difficult and dangerous miles for it. I am deeply grateful for your gift,” the teacher said. Continue reading

Pope Francis and the Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy

Pope Francis and the Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy

 ProLifeCorner-   By Larry Plachno

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We are halfway through the Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy and yet many people are not fully aware of it and its implications. Fewer yet seem to have taken advantage of what Pope Francis and the Holy Year has offered us. This particular Holy Year is very unique in two areas that include its treatment of abortion and the ease of a pilgrimage to the Holy Door. Please give me a few minutes of your time so I can explain what the Holy Year is and how we can take advantage of it.

Pope Francis opened the Holy Door (Porta Sancta) at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on December 8, 2015 to inaugurate this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was also present as were numerous others. Pope Francis earlier said “On that day, the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons and instills hope.”

There were two reasons given by Pope Francis for selecting this particular date. One reason is that this date marks the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Pope Francis points out that this represents God’s action in choosing Mary as the mother of man’s Redeemer. A second reason is that it represents the 50th anniversary of the closing date of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. The Church feels a great need to keep this date alive. Continue reading

Easter Sunday 2016

Easter Sunday 2016

“Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb.”

The little village of Eyam, located in the lead-mining region of northern England, is remembered for one of the most selfless communal acts in British history.

In 1665, much of London to the south was caught in the grip of a devastating epidemic. The north was largely spared — until a flea-invested bundle of cloth arrived from London for the local tailor in Eyam. Within a week, the tailor was dead and more began dying in his household soon after. That’s when the 350 villagers decided to isolate themselves, in an effort to protect the neighboring settlements from contagion. Rather than flee­ing their infected village, the people of Eyam made the heroic decision to stay, quarantining themselves in order to contain the plague. Their personal sacrifices may well have saved thousands of lives in the north of England. 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

God’s Mercy Endures Forever

Freeport, Il – (ProLifeCorner.com) – 5-2-2014 – by Staff – The merciful love of God is the central theme of the Bible.  Divine Mercy is also at the heart of the Gospel.   If we really look at how God has revealed Himself in Scripture and Church Tradition, we discover afresh how mercy is essential to understanding His message of eternal salvation. Mercy even reveals His very identity.  These wonderful words were taken from a homily given on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2014 at a church in another city.  Following is the homily in its entirety.  Thank you for sharing this with us, Father. Continue reading