Forbes listed the top 10 most powerful people in the world--people like Putin, Trump, Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. While they may be powerful in a worldly sense, God gives us true power at Mass...IF we pray like the Canaanite woman in today's gospel.
The Transfiguration was NOT just meant for Peter, James and John. It was meant for all of us. Jesus wishes to reveal Himself to us. He wishes to strengthen us. And He is waiting for us on Mt. Tabor. All we have to do is ascent the mountain.
Larry, a 17 year old kid, wondered: "Does God exist or doesn't He?" "Does He care about me or doesn't He?" He found out! If you do what this 17 year old boy did, you will find those answers too.
If God struck us down us everytime we did something evil, none of us would be here. While God never wills any of us to do evil, He allows us to make our own choices. Love demands freedom. If we choose to sin, God doesn't immediatey do away with us...becuase He desires us to turn back to him. He is PATIENT! His patience is a sign of His love for us. Today's homily shows how patience and forgiveness can lead to tremendous holiness and conversion.
If you are tired of being lukewarm...If you are sick of being bored at mass..If you have been struggling with a sin for decades and don't think you can defeat it...OR...If you are living a faith-filled life but don't know what the next step looks like -- there IS something you can do about it! In today's homily I explain what the somtheing is.
Chiara Petrillo (whose picture is shown to the left) shows us what Jesus meant when he said "my yoke is easy, and my burden light." Despite losing 2 babies and then losing her own life to cancer...she radiated joy and peace. Want to know what her secret was? It isn't a secret at all...it is something we can all do.
Jesus told His disciples, "if you love me, follow behind me." This Semitic phrase "follow behind me" implies far more than imitating Jesus or simply doing what he does. It implies entering into his divine life and becoming ONE with Him. Understand this phrase and you will understand what it truly means to be His disicple.
“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” When Jesus uttered these words, He was speaking literally. Dead serious. All of sacred Scripture points to the reality of the Eucharist...and so does the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Sacramental marriage between 1 man and 1 woman is under attack in our world becasue it resembles the Most Holy Trinity. Satan hates it--and desires it to be destroyed. Now more than ever, we need holy husbands and wives who will serve as living icons of God on this earth. As marriage goes, so will our country go. This is THE issue of our day.
Whoever or whatever the Holy Spirit touches is forever changed and empowered. If you are lukewarm...if you struggle with a certain sin that you can't seem to beat...if you desire to be holy but don't know where to start: pray to the Holy Spirit. When He enters into your heart and soul, everything changes. "Holy Spirit, sweet guest of my soul, abide in me and grant that I may ever abide in Thee. Amen."