When I was with my first pastor after I became apastor myself, he would usually introduce me to thosepresent and say, “I taught him everything he knows,but not everything I know!” He had a good sense ofhumor and he was a great brother priest to me. Intoday’s Gospel Jesus cures a man named Bartimaeuswho is blind. Just because he was blind does notmean he did not know anything about Jesus. In spiteof those in the crowd telling him to keep quiet, hepersisted in crying out to Jesus, “Jesus, son of David,have pity on me.” When Jesus asked him, “What doyou want me to do for you?”, Bartimaeus replied,“Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, “go your way:your faith has saved you.” The Gospel tells us,“Immediately he received his sight and followed Himon the way.” More than physical vision, which almostall of us are blessed with, we see things through ourhearts and minds. There are some things, situations,and people we see that delight us and there are thosethings, situations, and people who make us angry,upset, or uneasy. Bartimaeus cried out in faith and wascured. He saw not only the people and world aroundhim, he also saw Jesus. His vision was not just of thephysical presence of Jesus, most importantly andjoyfully he saw and experienced the love of God. Hisjoy was so powerful that the Gospel tells us that oncecured, Bartimaeus followed Jesus on the way.READ MORE
Last week we celebrated the feast day of Pope St. John Paul II, anamazing pope and now Saint. In this audio talk you will discover thefive great loves of Pope Saint John Paul II as Jason Evert, renownedCatholic speaker and author, shares remarkable stories about thissaint’s life from those who knew him, including bishops, studentswhom he taught, and Swiss Guards who interacted with him daily.Jason presents a wealth of insights about this holy man whopromoted devotion to Divine Mercy and Marian consecration, helpeddefeat communism in Europe, wrote the Theology of the Body, andembraced young people like no other. To listen to this audio talk, goto the link below or search for St. John Paul II.
Every once in a while we need to slow down and think about what is important in our lives. We look at our responsibilities, expectations, hopes, and dreams. While it is so much more life-giving to see the blessings we have, we do need to be realistic concerning what is not good for us and the world we live in. Our society today seems heavily determined to get us to focus on what is not good, unacceptable, or displeasing to us. We do not live in a utopia, but we do have the tools to rise above and get beyond what is not good, divisive, or hurtful.READ MORE
An inspiring feature film on Saint Pope John XXIII, starringEdward Asner in an acclaimed performance as the belovedpontiff, who came from common stock and was known for hissimplicity, courage, and love for humanity. Shot on location inRome and Italy, and produced by the Italian film company LuxVide, makers of Pope John Paul II and Saint Rita, this movietells the whole life story of John XXIII from his youth through hisyoung priesthood, episcopacy, life as cardinal, and eventuallyhis life as Pope.READ MORE
“What must I do to inherit eternal life?” This is the question the rich young man asks Jesus in today’s Gospel passage. As we hear Jesus’ response we see that the path through life to heaven involves far more than just avoiding evil. We are called to share who we are and what we have with love and generosity. Our parish family has done that in many ways in the fifteen years I have been blessed to be here.READ MORE
If God is all-good and all-powerful, then why is thereevil? This is perhaps the most vexing challenge thatnon-believers pose to Christians. Our world of violence,greed, and suffering seems incompatible with the Godof the Gospel. How can we answer the challenge?READ MORE
As we celebrate Respect Life Sunday today, I share with you the above pictures of my great niece Paige. At just over 24 weeks she was taken from her mother’s womb because she was not receiving nourishment in the womb and would have died there. She came out weighing fourteen ounces and being ten inches long. During her first eight months she was in the care of two hospitals and now is finally home with her parents. As you look at the picture on the left, you see her father’s hand putting her mother’s wedding ring over her foot onto her leg. When you look at the picture on the right you would not readily see the same ring on her pajamas unless the arrow was pointing to it. She is a miracle.READ MORE