Anyone who knows me knows I love Jesus and his Church, the bride of Christ. The original article, the one true Church.
But, the crazy things people do in the world can also be found in the Church and the repeat scandal in the Church, sadly, reflects the moral changes in our culture. No surprise then, if we rid the Church of the evil that’s come into the church, we stand a chance of influencing the culture to do the same. If the Church can’t, or won’t change, then the culture will continue to devour the lives we love; our marriages, families, children, and grand-children. Continue reading “Holy Mother Church is Suffering”
Faith is an overlooked quality today. Faith feeds the soul which we’ve forgotten about in our busy day. Intellect, physical pleasures and leisure fill our hearts and minds. But, you deserve better, your soul longs for answers and peace but you must water the mustard seed, you must tend to your soul to find that inner peace.
Taking time to be at peace with yourself, your marriage, family, work, and communities is a daily exercise worth the investment of time. This is much better than pills, drugs, or worldly distractions from the truth of life. No more anger, frustration, bullying, just peace and joy. Heaven on earth. Think it’s impossible? Just spend a few minutes now with God. It’s easy. Continue reading “Words 1,568 Years Old, Are Relevant for You Today”
The Church beautifully offers daily readings, if you read the daily readings, over 3 years you read the entire Bible. In today’s readings, Saul’s faithfulness is rewarded not with profit, prosperous success, health, wealth, and security; no, today we read about the end of his life.
The promise of profit, prosperous, success, health, wealth, and security isn’t what Saul receives in the end. Being chosen, having God’s promise of life, belongs entirely to God. It is not for your benefit that he gave you life, it is for Continue reading “God’s Work”
Merry Christmas! Jesus’ birth more than 2,000 years ago is both divine and historical. So many faith traditions point to this, a special day. Let his grace and peace reign in your heart, at home, at work, and in public. Go spread the joy.
The Birth of Jesus. *18 Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, * but before they lived together, she was found with child through the holy Spirit. 19 Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, * yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Continue reading “Three Stories of Jesus’ Birth”
So, this morning in prayer I have a few extra minutes and I flip to YouTube for a video. No, not a porn video, not a sports video, not news either. My soul loves what YouTube provides by way of great preaching.
So, I stumbled on a few Bishop Robert Barron videos that are super short for what they pack in. So, I sent them via this email to my boys. I want them to have these thoughts as they move forward in their journey for getting married, raising families or whatever their vocation may become.
So, here’s my email note:
Your Mom always helps me to remember not be preachy, she says it's a turn-off. Well, I guess if preachy means I'm longing for my own salvation, hers and yours, then off I go to preach. : ) Hopefully, I do it in charity and love but also in truth.
I really have taken to Fr/Bishop Barron (Glenn use to call him FRB), he has many videos, so here's a very popular, short one that he's done. He was a teacher at Mundaline seminary in Chicago, he recently moved to Los Angeles as Bishop and he likes to reach people using new media methods, the internet of things.
This video is on marriage, it's only a few minutes but it will give you a flavor for who he is and his work. He is someone you can listen to and watch pretty easily. I jumped into the middle of the video where he says "it's not enough to get married because you love each other, you must be in love with God as well." I can't do better than have the same advice.
Check out this 3 minute video: https://youtu.be/N2fcNFHDzAE?t=3m30s
Oh, but wait. Here’s another Barron short video connecting Jesus’ first miracle making 180 gallons of wine at the wedding at Cana. Bishop makes a number of good points connecting Isiah, Jesus being bride groom to us, the roll of the participants at a wedding. Pretty cool, and fast.
I jumped ahead in the video 5 minutes to get to the punch line, listen for even 1 minute, he says, “Jesus presents himself as the bridegroom of his people…” and goes on to connect the miracle to Isiah’s prophecy centuries earlier and how the mass and weddings today are connected. Wow.
We are so fortunate to have Bishop Robert Barron creating videos to help us understand the beauty of Jesus and the Church. He brings alive in only a few minutes what would otherwise be lost to me. Some how, maybe it’s just me, but his presentation is both deep and understandable and beautiful.