Living the Faith

Don’t Forget To Look Up!

Outstanding guidance for our young people: Katie Warner’s Commencement Address to the graduates of the Class of 2019, Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell, Georgia What a blessing it is to be back at my own alma mater, witnessing this milestone day for all of you soon-to-be graduates. I’d like to share three brief thoughts with you this afternoon as you […]

Our priests need us

“Your parish priest is a fallen human being. He may hurt your feelings or he may make bad decisions—just like the Apostles did to their contemporaries. But he needs your gratitude, your help, and your encouragement. He needs your prayers.” Spring teems with new life—not just in the form of budding trees and flowers, but also in the spiritual realm […]

What does it mean if Jesus is “the” Way?

"Sacred Heart of Jesus" (detail) by Chambers

“There was a man on this earth 2000 years ago named Jesus.  And that man made some pretty bold statements.” Today’s Gospel has challenging words for our relativistic culture. It begins with a very comforting message from Christ: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there […]

Getting on with the Work of Christ

"Appearance of Christ on the Mountain in Galilee" (detail) by Duccio di Buoninsegna [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“As we see God’s providence shining through his Resurrection and become active instruments for it, we experience the transformative power of the gospel and its quiet force to dispel darkness and vanquish despair.” After the Lord’s Resurrection, he re-taught his apostles the gospel. The Lord prepared them to share and spread his own most excellent way of love with all […]

Be Not Afraid—Follow the Good Shepherd

"Christ, the Good Shepherd" (detail) by Murillo

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…” (Psalm 23:1). Who We Are It is incredibly important that we fully know and understand who we are. We are God’s special creation. He has made each of us in His image and likeness, in freedom and love and invited us to spend all eternity sharing in His glory and blessedness […]

Whom do I persecute?

"Conversion of Saint Paul" (detail) by Caravaggio

“When we hurt someone in the Body of Christ, we hurt Christ.” Today’s Gospel is perhaps one of the greatest stories of all time—a story whose power may be overlooked because it has become so familiar. The Conversion of St. Paul is described three times throughout the book of Acts. There are many facets to the incident; it reveals to […]

The Resurrection: A Demand to Witness

The Incredulity of St Thomas (detail) by Rembrandt

“Once death is proved futile, life can never be the same.”  My spiritual reading during this Easter season gave me a good reminder last week: “The Resurrection of our Lord constitutes a call to apostolate until the end of time. Every one of his appearances ends with an apostolic command” (Father Francis Fernandez, In Conversation with God). Too often, we […]

Do We Make Christ and His Church Look Attractive to Others?

Mission Dolores Altar (San Francisco) Photograph © by Andy Coan

When I give talks around the country or sometimes in correspondence with readers of my books or blog posts on Integrated Catholic Life, I am often asked what I mean when I encourage others to “be joyful” and share the “light of Christ” with others.  I am referring to the response I typically give when asked for effective ways to […]

The Limitless Mercy of Easter

“We place limits on God’s mercy that he does not, whether because we want to see others receive justice or because we feel unworthy of his love.”  In the octave of Easter, the Church simultaneously celebrates the Divine Mercy novena. This wasn’t the idea of the Church, but the request of Jesus. “I desire that the First Sunday after Easter […]

The Dream of Claudia

“While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, ‘Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much over him today in a dream.’”  During Holy Week, my meditation often centers on the various characters of the Passion. There are the ones we know well, like the Blessed Mother and Pontius […]