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Wednesday, December 11, 2019



What A Life

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  • “What a Life!” is in an Ebook; Advent is a season to renew our hope

    In 2015 I published a book titled, What a Life! Daily Reading for a Holistic Spiritual Life.I ordered 4,000 copies and they sent me 4,370. I gave away several copies and earlier this year I sold my last book – a total of 4,310.

  • We should be grateful to our Loving Gracious God every day of the Year

    Thanksgiving is a great time to celebrate with family and friends and to share what is happening in each others’ lives. What is most important, we give thanks to God for our lives and all our blessings. St.

  • The play, “Native Gardens,” illustrates some divisions in our society today

    I recently went to a play at the Southern Rep Theatre in New Orleans entitled “Native Gardens” by Karen Zacarias. This brilliant comedy showcases some problems and divisions we are experiencing in our society today. Native Gardens looks at both sides of the story, or in this case, both sides of the fence.

  • True unconditional love requires much work and is a lifetime labor

    A group of professionals posed this question to a number of 4-8 year-olds, “What does love mean?” The answers were broader, deeper, and more profound than one could have imagined.“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” (Rebecca, age 8) “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.

  • Reflections from a diocesan priest retreat that I recently attended

    I recently attended a diocesan retreat for priests at Lumen Christi. It was a silent retreat and I enjoyed the quiet time to reflect on my life. The retreat master was Fr.

  • Our prayer life should include more than just saying or repeating words

    I just finished reading a small but powerful book on prayer by Benediction Sister Joan Chittister entitled, “The Breath of the Soul.” I recommend it to all my readers.Often we think of prayer as saying various words to encourage God to do what we want. Sr. Joan outlines 42 different qualities we should bring to our prayer life.

  • US politicians have failed to act on pro-life gun law to protect the innocent

    Every time a mass shooting takes place, we hear politicians say they are going to address the problem, but nothing happens. A poll conducted after the massacre at a Florida high school shows that most Americans think Congress and President Trump are not doing enough to stop these shootings. Seventy-five percent of those surveyed faulted Congress for its inaction, while 62 percent blamed Trump, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll.Why are they afraid to do what most Americans want them t...

  • The Amber Guyger trial and sentence gives Christians a lot to think about

    An historic court case happened a couple of weeks ago that we should all remember and reflect upon. This is the background:Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger went into the unlocked apartment of Botham Shem Jean, a native of the Caribbean nation of Saint Lucia and an employee at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Dallas. The apartment was directly over her own and she mistakenly thought that he had broken into her apartment.

  • When we are the best version of ourselves, everyone around us benefits

    When we look around us, we get a feeling that the world is in a mess. Suicide rates are increasing while church attendance is decreasing. Some people trust in their guns, money, and positions in life rather than working with our Loving God to make our world a better place.Addressing this situation Coach Dale Brown said, “If there was ever a moment in history when we needed a commitment to make the world a better place to live in, it is now.

  • We need to establish a balanced attitude to this thing we call money

    I’ve been a priest for more than 55 years and a criticism I often hear from the laity is that priests are always talking about money. Well, of the 38 parables Jesus told, 19 of them dealt with handling possessions. The use of money is necessary for Christians, but our focus should be on the relationships we have with our loving Creator and with each other.The problem with money lies in our attitude toward it.

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