I was reading in a child’s catechism 4th grade book” Living for God” by Fr. W.R. Kelly and Sister Mary Imelda, S.L. that the apostles loved Jesus so much that they wanted to learn more about God.
I was curious where the love of God came from. Read more
Some people outside of the Catholic faith look at how odd it is for confession of their sins to a priest. They will posit, Mat. 6:6, that they can go to a secret place and pray for forgiveness from God directly. Why confess to an intermediary priest? A believing Catholic may wonder why go to confession frequently?
Is there anything we can do to encourage the more frequent occurrence of blessings from God for ourselves and others? I have been curious if the source of blessings is freely given to unsuspecting souls or only the privileged few? In other words does God have favorites and therefore bestows his physical blessings like health, money, family and friends and spiritual blessings such as the virtues of joy, love, beauty and tranquility to mention a few.
The word, “blessings” come from an old English word which means, that God will find favor with you. To be favored by God is to be set aside. To be set aside in the eyes of God is to be holy. When someone is holy he is said to have his attention focused on God. Everything he does for himself and for others is influenced by God’s influence. Read more
A priest was hearing confessions during the children’s confession period and one little boy walked in and said Bless Me Father for I have sinned. He recited his various sins and then siad that he threw peanuts in the well. Another boy came into the confessional and said his various sins and then concluded that he also threw peanuts in the well. After a few more boys all confessing to have thrown peanuts in the well. Another boy came into the confessional and the priest stop him right there and then and asked him if he threw peanuts in the well. The boy replied, “Why no Father, I am Peanuts!”
“We are as happy as we make up our minds to be.” (Abraham Lincoln) . It’s Presidents weekend. Really great men are not born great but through time can become great through the building up of their moral character and cultivating the virtue of wisdom.
The scene is a man on a cross. He is flanked by two other men on their crosses. One chides the man on the cross that if he is some kind of miracle, razzle dazzle man then he ought to create a miracle right now and get him down off the cross so that he could continue his past dirty business of thieving. He was living in the past and bringing it forward to this present situation. The other man who was a thief, that flanked the man on the cross was at that very moment in time living in the present and entreated the man on the cross to forgive him of his past and to take him to his paradise. The man on the cross assured him that to this day he will be with him in paradise. So you have it one man wanted to be taken down to continue living in the past and the other wanted to be taken up to live in the present.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Phillippians 4:13. There was a seminary student studying the Book of Revelation
We have said that we must have life, truth and love. Without life we cannot seek truth but truth is not enough we want love. We know that there is a big difference between loving hot dogs, loving our mothers and loving God. The Greeks had four names for different loves. ‘Eros’ is for romantic love, ‘philia’ is for brotherly love, ‘storge ‘for love between mothers and sons and ‘agape’ for self-sacrificing love. What is the cause of love in the first place?
Do you ever get the feeling that God wants to vie for your time and your money? There is this divine invasion a presence per se pressing on each of us. It doesn’t matter whether you and I have the faith or not. There is the constant intrusion from the outside and it comes to many many people. It comes so subtly that many reject it. Read more
It was in the distant past where my grandmother taught me politeness and chivalry. Men would give up their seat on public transportation whenever the elderly or woman was standing next to them. Gentlemen would remove their fedoras in the presence of a lady or walking past a church out of respect for women and the Holy Eucharist. Women would curtsey and men would bow before a political leader, like a governor, senator, a superior, another adult not a member of the family. My brother and I were taught to bow before my dad’s boss at a social gathering of employees, families and employer managers and supervisors. Read more