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Sunday, December 9, 2018

What A Life

  • Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called Children of God.

    It was interesting that the same week that the Trump Administration was pushing for a military parade for our country, Fr. Richard Rohr was giving his daily reflections on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount where Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called Children of God.” (Matt. 5:9)What a contrast!

  • Lent is a time to change and become more Christlike

    Now that Lent is here, many people are deciding what to do during this Holy Season. Some people automatically say, “It’s time to give up candy, alcohol or smoking.” That’s not the true spirit of Lent.Lent is a time for change and conversion. It’s a time to move our center of gravity from selfishness to others, from self-love to love of our neighbor, from lust to love.One of the biggest problems for any religion is routine.

  • A positive attitude helps us to realize that it’s gratefulness that makes us happy

    We often take things for granted. I was recently autographing my books in an out of town church and a parishioner recognized me and said, “I read your article every week in my local newspaper.” (I write for five different newspapers in our area.)My response was, “Are you familiar with my book, What a Life?”She said, “No.”After reflecting on that situation, I realize that many other newspaper readers might not be familiar with my book. I have been writing a col...

  • If you are looking for peace and happiness in life, spend time with God

    Years ago, I went fishing when it was extremely foggy. Visibility was limited to about 30 feet. If I stayed in the middle of the bayou, I was in good shape.

  • The simple lifestyle of St. Anthony of the Desert helped him to live until he was 103

    St. Anthony of the Desert was born in Coma, Lower Egypt about 251 AD. He was a man of severe austerity and personal holiness yet he lived to be over a 100-years-old.St.

  • Eight tips for nurturing your body, mind and spirit in 2018

    Jennifer Mertens, a high school religion teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio, wrote an article in the January 12 edition of National Catholic Reporter entitled “Eight Tips for Nurturing your Body, Mind and Spirit in 2018.” I am going to share her “eight tips” and give my own comments.Before I begin, I want to say I love her title. It’s wholistic. She addresses the whole person – body, mind and spirit.

  • When each family becomes stronger, so does our whole community

    When Joseph and Mary took baby Jesus to the temple for the purification rites, two senior citizens met them. Their names are Simeon and Anna.In many societies, the elderly maintain a predominant role in the life of the community. In our society that empathizes doing over being, most senior citizens are brushed aside as not being “with it.”It’s true that the vast majority of teenagers can tell me how to get the best use of my cell phone more than I can imagine.

  • Elimination of DACA is a national tragedy and a moral challenge for all of us

    We have many “leftovers” from last year to deal with this new year. One is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The Most Reverend José H.

  • As we embrace a new year, we give thanks for the past and say yes to the future

    As we are about to begin a new year, the words of the former U.N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld come to mind, “For all that has been, Thanks. To all that shall be, Yes.”You might ask, “How can we say thanks when we look back on this past year with all the catastrophes – hurricanes, wild fires, political strife, and mass shootings?”Yes, our world is far from perfect and we all have a duty to try to make it a little better before we leave this planet in our ...

  • Santa Claus reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas

    A reader sent me the following Christmas story that should be told over and over again.The week before Christmas, as I finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed, I heard a noise in the front of the house. I opened the front door and to my surprise, Santa himself was standing before me. He placed his finger over his lips so I wouldn’t cry out.I invited him in and asked him, “What can I do for you?”The words choked up in my throat when I saw the t...

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