I don’t normally talk about my past other than to say I wasn’t the best Catholic or Christian and I made a lot of bad choices. But the last few days have brought back some memories of when I was younger, mostly about my Dad.
I have previously written on how we never know when that person we help (or don’t help as the case may be) might be Jesus. Like we are told in Matthew 25:45: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.” But did you ever stop to think of it in another way? Instead of you looking into the face of Jesus, maybe the other person is looking at you and seeing Jesus?
Happy Independence Day!
Today is the 242nd anniversary of this great country of ours. It’s sad to think of how many of our fellow Americans have forgotten some of the principles this country was founded on. I am going to share some of them today.
I’m having a Catholicism Crisis. What is a Catholicism Crisis? I define it as being torn between what the Catholic Church teaches and what I believe. At one time my whole life was a Catholicism Crisis, after all, I came from that post-Vatican II era when catechizing was almost non-existent and attitudes about many Catholic teachings began to change. Continue reading “Catholicism Crisis: The Immigration Debate”
I try not to get too involved in politics on this site but there are times it is hard not to. This is one of them. Currently, there has been a lot of attention focused on the detaining of children who have crossed the border. They have been herded into detention centers and have been separated from their parents. Of course, we don’t really know what to believe since we can’t trust the media to be honest.
What do you do with an empty church? I don’t mean a church without any parishioners, although that is a problem too, I mean an unused church building? My parish is in possession of one right now, as well as a parish school. Continue reading “What do you do with an empty church”
Today we reflect on “Shunning Over-Familiarity” from “The Imitation of Christ” by Thomas A. Kempis. We are told not to open our hearts to everyone we meet, instead we need to use discretion. Many of us like to mingle with the rich and famous, or people younger than us. We feel like we are getting something from them, maybe some special knowledge or an infusion of “young blood” that will make us better people. We think we are pleasing them with our presence when in reality, we are not. Rather they are looking to find our faults and then find a way to use them against us.