27th Sunday INCREASE OUR FAITH!

It takes courage to practice faith, because just like courage, every act of faith carries within it a certain amount of fear.  Those who hide from life and making commitments know very little about either courage or faith. Faith like courage is gutsy; it demands commitment to something or someone beyond us.  Faith like courage … [Read more…]

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: Humility

Today’s readings call us to consider the topic of humility.  Humility is a virtue that most of us struggle with.  Its opposite, pride, is the fundamental flaw of all human beings.  Consider the first sin of Adam and Eve.  The serpent appealed to their pride.  They ate the apple, not because they were hungry, but … [Read more…]

21st Sunday: Embracing Our Christianity

“Oh, poor us, poor us,” they moaned. “This is all so hard,” they complained. “Our parents and grandparents were so excited by this new faith, this Christianity, but we are not all that excited. We put up with it though, just in case it is right. But it is such a struggle to be Christians. … [Read more…]

20th Sunday: The Cost of Discipleship

Today’s readings are difficult, very difficult.  They are difficult because they present the cost of discipleship.  We begin with the plight of Jeremiah who was persecuted because he proclaimed the Truth of God.  Horrible things happened to Jeremiah.  But he would not deny God and His message. It was the cost of discipleship. The Second … [Read more…]

18th Sunday: Do we have our Priorities Straight?

Some of the most famous tourist sights in the world are tombs. Among them are: the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt; the Taj Mahal in India; the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, and the Jewish Cemetery in Prague. An anonymous author wrote: First I was dying to finish high school and started college. And … [Read more…]