Padre Pio was a man with many miraculous gifts. He had the stigmata, the ability to bilocate and the gift of being able to read hearts. But those gifts aren't why he is a saint. He is a saint becuase of his great love for the Eucharist, Confession and the Blessed Mother. Padre Pio, pray for us.
When God forgives us our sins, He allows us the freedom we need to start over again. When we extend mercy, we give others the freedom to start over as well. In today's Gospel Jesus shows us how radical the gift of mercy really is. He also shows us how we are to obtain this gift.
To love someone is to will their good--their eternal good (their salvation). To remain silent when a loved-one turns to evil is not an act of charity, but an act of spiritual neglect. Both the Prophet Ezekiel and Jesus Christ show us what true love looks like in today's readings. Warning: it is not easy to truly love.
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.