Do You Have A Personal Relationship With Jesus?

Do You Have A Personal Relationship With Jesus?

ProLifeCorner.com –  Frank J. Munda- 2-7-2016 – Often people will ask this most important question: Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus? It’s a good question   Do you have the right answer? Is the answer yes?  By the very nature of someone accepting Jesus into their life we all have varying degrees of relationship with our Lord.

If you profess to be Christian the question is, what does it mean to have a personal relationship with Jesus? I came from a background that might seem strange to some; that is we were Catholic on my Father’s side of the family and Protestant on my Mother’s side.  My Mom and Dad had four sons and I was the third born.  My mother had a lovely singing voice and loved the old Protestant hymns. When we were small, often at night my Mom would sing the beautiful old Protestant hymns to us.  “The Old Rugged Cross” was one of my favorites. Of course when I was real small I did not understand this Protestant – Catholic thing. As I grew up unfortunately the differences became more clear to me.  My favorite aunt was a Baptist Christian.  She was a good and kind person and I know she loved me as her nephew, but I had difficulty understanding how she could hate my Catholic faith. When my young wife and I had an opportunity to purchase our first home, it was my aunt who gave us the down payment. In her own way she had a relationship with Jesus; she was a good, kind and loving person to those around her. The only thing that I truly could not understand is how she could love Jesus, and yet take such a strong anti-Catholic position. Continue reading

Stewardship Time, Talent, and Treasure

Stewardship Time, Talent, and Treasure

ProLifeCorner-  Sun Sept 27 2015-   “See what you have stored up for yourselves against the last days.”

            Today, in light of the 2nd reading from the Apostle, St. James, I’m going to talk about time, talent and treasure, each briefly and separately.

Time

It happens in every parish: The pastor has a new project in mind — a religious education program for teenagers, a Thanksgiving dinner for the poor, or a food and clothing collection for the local shelter. The pastor then approaches parishioners to help out. It’s a tough sell: People are very protective of their time, they’re not sure this is something they want to do or are comfortable being involved with, or they doubt they have the abilities and patience necessary for this kind of work. But, eventually, a group of volunteers — however reluctant — comes together. Continue reading