• Morning Prayer

    This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Jeffrey Essmann.                                                                                                                                                  Morning Prayer We can’t be surely, Lord, the only fiveIn all the world who call to you today.In Africa or Asia—Sheepshead Bay—There must be more who keep Your Name alive.There must be more who on their knees deriveSome transient hope within the world’s dismay;Some kinder light to […]

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  • The Miracle of the Loaves

    One of the most famous miracles of Jesus is the only one recorded in all four gospels–the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. LOAVES & FISH – SHARING? I once heard a homily that claimed what really happened is that bystanders took out food they were hiding under their cloaks and shared it. Jesus’ preaching inspired the melting of selfishness, […]

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  • Practical Ideas for Living the Faith

    For the last several years, there has been an increased interest in practical advice on how to live the faith.  Certainly, the uncertainty and growing chaos in the secular world have something to do with this. More recently, we have seen more obvious clashes between our culture and our Church. We can look back through Salvation History and see the […]

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  • If my life was radiant…

    “My life, speech, and actions will be those of someone who is living for Someone else.” There’s a famous quote of St. Francis, “Preach the Gospel, and if necessary, use words.” The problem is… he never said that.  Even though it’s one of the most ubiquitous quotes attributed to him, there is no evidence of the quote in any of […]

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Into the Deep

Practical Ideas for Living the Faith

For the last several years, there has been an increased interest in practical advice on how to live the faith.  Certainly, the uncertainty and growing chaos in the secular world have something to do with this. More recently, we have seen more obvious clashes between our culture and our Church. We can look back through Salvation History and see the […]

Parables About the Kingdom

Two Sundays ago, we began working our way through the thirteenth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel and the seven parables that begin with the Parable of the Sower and end with the Parable of the Net. Each of these parables has a particular theme and lesson. The first four parables teach about the proclamation of the Gospel, the difficulties confronting its reception, and its […]

From Suffering to Joy

Many years ago, I taught a fourth grade CCD class for my parish religious education department. It was the first evening of classes and I was starting the process of getting everyone introduced to one another when one boy blurted out, “I am going to be your worst nightmare.” He was speaking to me. You could say that I was […]

Surrender & Strength

Choosing to Live Gratefully

“When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” – G. K. Chesterton   I remember at a very young age the constant urging of my parents to always say “thank you” in response to any kindness or friendly words shared in my direction. For many years, I saw […]

Extraordinary Faith from Ordinary Catholics

“In the doctrine of Christ there is no invitation to mediocrity, but a clear call to Heaven, to love and to cheerful sacrifice.” (Fr. Francis Fernandez, In Conversation with God) Feeling let down by politicians and public figures who say they are Catholic, but whose words and actions are often contrary to the teachings of the Church? Do we seek good […]

Dads, Do We Have Our Acts Together?

During a recent coffee meeting, a friend said, “You seem to have your act together on the fatherhood front. What’s your secret?” I was surprised and taken aback because I don’t think I have my act together at all. I don’t mean that out of false humility. I pray every day to be a better husband and father because I […]

Between the Sundays

If my life was radiant…

“My life, speech, and actions will be those of someone who is living for Someone else.” There’s a famous quote of St. Francis, “Preach the Gospel, and if necessary, use words.” The problem is… he never said that.  Even though it’s one of the most ubiquitous quotes attributed to him, there is no evidence of the quote in any of […]

The Pernicious Sins of Calumny and Detraction

“Instead of sharing the news you heard about someone, why not stop and pray for them instead?” In this age of the internet, it is shocking how easy it is to sin against the eighth commandment. Even good-intentioned people seem to think nothing of retweeting or reposting without stopping to think, “Is this true? Is this beneficial? Is this necessary?”  […]

Dealing with the Wheat and the Weeds

“We falsely give ourselves the prerogative that is only God’s: to judge hearts and decide who is worthy of our time, our love, and our mercy.” The Kingdom of heaven is like… This Sunday’s Gospel continues Jesus’ Kingdom discourse. The three shorter parables we hear in this week’s Gospel fall immediately after the parable of the sower that we heard last […]

Need Some Good News?

“In a world that seems to have lost its grounding, I have some good news for you today.” I think we all need some good news in our lives. I am tired of writing about the corona virus or the situations in the Church. If you’re like me, you’re weary of making and changing plans and trying to predict the […]

Sunday Scripture Reflections

The Miracle of the Loaves

One of the most famous miracles of Jesus is the only one recorded in all four gospels–the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. LOAVES & FISH – SHARING? I once heard a homily that claimed what really happened is that bystanders took out food they were hiding under their cloaks and shared it. Jesus’ preaching inspired the melting of selfishness, […]

Dr. Scott Hahn: Treasures of the Kingdom

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A). Readings1 Kings 3:5, 7–12Psalm 119:57, 72, 76–77, 127–130Romans 8:28–30Matthew 13:44–52 What is your new life in Christ worth to you? Do you love His words more than gold and silver, as we sing in today’s Psalm? Would you, like the characters in the Gospel today, sell all […]

Dr. Scott Hahn: The Word’s Return

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A). Readings:Isaiah 55:10–11Psalm 65:10–14Romans 8:18–23Matthew 13:1–23 Today’s readings, like last week’s, ask us to meditate on Israel’s response to God’s Word—and our own. Why do some hear the word of the kingdom, yet fail to accept it as a call to conversion and faith […]

In the Spotlight

Morning Prayer

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Jeffrey Essmann.                                                                                                                                                  Morning Prayer We can’t be surely, Lord, the only fiveIn all the world who call to you today.In Africa or Asia—Sheepshead Bay—There must be more who keep Your Name alive.There must be more who on their knees deriveSome transient hope within the world’s dismay;Some kinder light to […]

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Listen to That Silence Sing/The Angels’ Bread

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Fr. Gerard Garrigan.                                                                                                                                                  Listen to That Silence Sing Listen to that silence sing Accompanied by a million strings Unseen but sweet as grace and mystery Heard by you and heard by me Only when we cease to speak The Angels’ Bread Monstrance set between six candles Three tall, tall […]

A Great Innovation for Growing in Faith

For those who want to grow in their knowledge of the faith, there’s never been a greater time to be alive. We have ready access not only to the Bible in every spoken language but also to so many great commentaries, websites, podcasts, commentaries, that help us to understand and live it. There are scores of good Catholic publishing houses […]

Daily Extras

Daily Catholic Quote — St. Pio of Pietrelcina

A Daily Quote to Inspire Your Catholic Faith “Jesus is with you even when you don’t feel His presence. He is never so close to you as He is during your spiritual battles. He is always there, close to you, encouraging you to fight your battle courageously. He is there to ward off the enemy’s blows so that you may […]

Encountering the Word — Psalm 12:7-8

“Do thou, O Lord, protect us, guard us ever from this generation.On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the sons of men.” (Psalm 12[11]:7-8) Encountering the Word is your source for daily inspiration, encouragement, and guidance from God’s Holy Word in the Bible. Please share on Facebook and other social media. Print this entry

Encountering the Word — Micah 6:8

“He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8) Encountering the Word is your source for daily inspiration, encouragement, and guidance from God’s Holy Word in the Bible. Please share on Facebook and other social […]