“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”
For more than fifty of his more than eighty years, Nurney Mason was a barber in the United States House of Representatives. Nurney Mason cut hair out of a tiny booth in the basement of the Rayburn Office Building — his little stall saw nearly as much history as the floor of the Capitol itself. And every day, he brought to his job not only his barbering skills, but kindness, optimism and encouragement He would greet everyone — whether powerful Congressman or lowest-level staffer — with a solid handshake and a knowing smile. Mason stayed upbeat, day after day, the vibrations of his clippers surely jarring his wrists over the half century he worked.
He was asked by one of his Congressional customers how he stayed so upbeat and happy all the time.
Nurney Mason replied simply, “I just make (joy) right here. I create joy where I stand.” Continue reading →
“Do not be frightened. He has been raised up, exactly as he promised.”
Silicon dioxide — aka sand.
Purify it, remove any traces of iron, and bleach it. Add limestone and sodium carbonate. Heat it at 1700 degrees, until the sand melts. The result: glass.
Glass that can inspire as part of a cathedral’s brilliant stained glass window, or glass that can illuminate when blown into the form of an incandescent bulb, or glass so beautiful it takes your breath away in the form of magnificent crystals.
But it starts with sand — sand that has now ceased to be sand and has instead given over its properties to create something even greater.
Tonight (Today), the Church celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead and His appearance to the women at the tomb. The resurrection of Jesus, which happened in the early hours of Sunday morning, is a fact which all the evangelists state clearly and unequivocally. Continue reading →
“That the dead will rise, even Moses made (that) known in the passage about the bush, …”
Since he was a boy, the painter Henri Matisse would visit the great Pierre-Auguste Renoir every week, taking in everything he could from the great master. When Renoir contracted arthritis, Matisse began to come every day to bring food, brushes and paint, and anything else Renoir needed
One day, Matisse watched as Renoir groaned in pain while making a simple but exact brush stroke. Finally, the young would-be artist could no longer stand watching his mentor suffer.
“Master,” Matisse asked, “your work is already vast and important. Why keep torturing yourself like this?”
“Very simple,” Renoir answered. “The pain passes; but the beauty remains.” Continue reading →
“For everyone who exults themselves will be humbled, but the ones who humble themselves will be exulted.”
There once lived a man so humble, that even the angels rejoiced at the sight of him. But, in spite of his great sanctity, he didn’t even have the slightest idea that he was holy. He just went about his humdrum and ordinary daily tasks, diffusing goodness in the same way flowers unconsciously diffuse their fragrance, and in the same way streetlights diffuse their glow.
His sanctity lay in this – that he forgot each person’s past, and looked at him or her, as they were, and he looked beyond each person’s appearance to the very center of their being, where they were innocent and blameless and too unaware to know what they were doing. Thus, he loved and forgave everyone he met – and he saw nothing extraordinary in this, for it was the result of his way of looking at people.Continue reading →
“Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth?”
During the 1930’s Winston Churchill experienced what are called his “wilderness years.” He was out of government, out of office and out of style. His day was over and done with, his influence on British public life seemingly in decline. Churchill retired to his country home in Kent, south of London, tended his garden, built brick walls and brooded.
In particular, he brooded about Hitler and the rise of Fascism and Nazism in Europe. Alarmed at what he heard about the rearmament of Germany, Churchill began to make speeches in the House of Commons, calling on the government of the day to be vigilant and to rearm the country against the threat of Nazi might. In reply, Members of Parliament denounced Churchill as a warmonger. After the horror of the First World War, nobody wanted to contemplate the possibility of another conflict. Peace was the order of the day, and any talk of arms and fighting would only serve to depress people and to dishearten them. It was madness to talk of war, and only a madman would contemplate such a thing. Churchill was ignored. But Churchill was right. The sad truth came all too quickly, to blight another generation and to send millions to the grave.Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner.com- Easter 2014- Jesus’ Resurrection Is Real!“If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith “1 Corinthian 15:13-14. The same way that the world has secularized and commercialized our Christmas celebration, so it is with the Christian proclamation of the risen Jesus. The world has upstaged this solemn, holy and glorious celebration with the end of college basketball, the beginning of professional baseball, or by the Easter bunny, marshmallow chicks, or chocolate rabbits. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner.com- 11/12/2013- This homily, from Nov 10th, on the surface, may not appear to be pro-life but there are theological underpinnings on the teachings of the “Resurrection of the Body” that have pro-life ramifications. The movement towards the theological and philosophical arguments which state that the body and soul do not have a natural union, lead to the practical effect of gender change (aka trans-sexuality and cross-dressing, etc.). The argument is the old Docetist heresy that Jesus was a spirit and had no body, and therefore the body is evil (and not a temple of the Holy Spirit)! The Manicheans as well as the Albigensians had ties to this school of flawed thought! The arguments against the natural union of body and soul is heretical. Continue reading →