Music and prayer, word and silence, bread and wine and ourselves are given to God in praise to become a symphony of love and self-giving. What is it about classical music that lifts us up from our ordinary existence and carries us to places where life once more has meaning and holy intention? It always […]
Parables were integral to Jesus’ teaching ministry. His stories engaged the minds and hearts of his listeners and revealed the deeper meaning of their lives and God’s power at work in and around them. The Parable of the Doorkeeper (Mk 13:33-37) brings us to the last of the parables found in the Gospel of Mark. As originally […]
Let Us Know How to Behave Like the Saints The Apostle of the Eucharist was also a guide to the interior life and to Eucharistic spirituality for many. Here, in a letter to a woman he was directing spiritually, Mrs. Josephine Gourd, he writes on January 26, 1851: “Sometimes our good Master works through the […]
Spirituality is born of discovering and living in the power of that which moves us most deeply. It is a lifelong pursuit. “What do you treasure the most? How do you imagine the world? Peter Feldmeier says that if you are willing to ask yourself these questions, then you’re on the way to defining your […]
Parables were integral to Jesus’ teaching ministry. His stories engaged the minds and hearts of his listeners and revealed the deeper meaning of their lives and God’s power at work in and around them. The Parable of the Fig Tree (Mk 13:28, 29) and the Parable of the Doorkeeper (Mk 13:33-37) conclude Jesus’ discourse concerning his return at the […]
Joy is the infallible sign of the Spirit’s presence in the mind and heart of the believer. It is said that Lazarus laughed heartily for years after Jesus raised him from the dead. Hence, Lazarus’ home in Bethany is called “The House of Laughter.” Is your rectory, your parish, your office, your home a place […]
Annie was excited! She loved going to her grandmother and grandfather’s house in the country. Her mom and dad were leaving for a long weekend with friends out of town, and Annie would spend the four days at the farm not far from where her family lived. She and grandma would have time to talk […]
The Apostle of the Eucharist was also a guide to the interior life and to Eucharistic spirituality for many. Here, on returning to Lyons in early April 1865 following his long retreat in Rome during which he made the Gift of Self, Father Eymard touches on the life of union which is to bring about […]
Faith is simply “confidence in God.” Jesus reminds us that the quality of our living depends on the depth of our faith.
The parable reveals the generosity, the trust, the patience, and the justice of God.