Houston, we have a problem

There’s more than Ebola going on in Texas. The enemy of our souls doesn’t let up in one area of warfare just because we are distracted with another. The City of Houston has “…issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. Among those slapped with a subpoena is Steve Riggle, the senior pastor of Grace Community Church. He was ordered to produce all speeches and sermons related to Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality and gender identity. The mega-church pastor was also ordered to hand over “all communications with members of your congregation”...

Set a Place of Your Best China

Set a Place of Your Best China

  Anyone who knows the peculiar challenge and distinct cross of raising a prodigal child, needs to read this from Mark Mallett.  It may evoke a few tears, but in the end you will know something very important. You are not alone. We are living in a time when the family, perhaps like no other generation, is being attacked from every possible angle. Especially dads. The crisis of fatherhood we are living today is an element, perhaps the most important, threatening man in his humanity. The dissolution of fatherhood and motherhood is linked to the dissolution of our being sons and daughters.   —Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (POPE BENEDICT XVI), Palermo, March 15th, 2000   This week at the hospital, I prayed with a woman who is head of The Saint Vincent de...

The Church’s New Year Begins

The Church’s New Year Begins

  Bible Readings from the first Sunday of Advent   Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord. Psalm  122 This is the desire of the heavenly Father: for all to come to the gates of His house rejoicing and giving thanks, walking in the light of the Lord. Seems so simple doesn’t it? But, unfortunately we’ve inherited a challenging complication; sinful tendencies which–despite our best efforts to move toward the light– find us leaning toward temptations of every sort. The collective sin of the world, the flesh and the devil provide us with much these days to distract us from the preparations we ought to focus on. If we’re not careful, the cumulative memory of the years trials; it’s economic stresses, personal and...

Inner Transformation: Forests, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

Inner Transformation: Forests, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

  It never fails. God always gets the right book into my hands at just the right time–when I least expect it. And, it’s not usually what I’d pick for myself without the Holy Spirit’s nudging…leading me gently, saying, Yoo hoo– this way dear. A few weeks ago, I saw Dr Rhonda Chervin on EWTN’s show Bookmark, and almost tuned out because last Lent I took the challenge of her 100 Day Spiritual Marathon. Figuring she must be re-promoting that in book form, I strategically readied my thumb on the changer to go to the cooking channel when that still small voice said, Stop. You need to hear her interview. Not two days prior, I had been praying about a struggle in my life and in one of those special moments, grace penetrated...

Enlarge My Capacity, Lord

Enlarge My Capacity, Lord

  The Parable of the Widow and the Unrighteous Judge Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time   Why should we persevere in prayer when God already knows our needs before we even ask?   {This} .. may perplex us if we do not realize that our Lord and God does not want to know what we want (for he cannot fail to know it), but wants us rather to exercise our desire through our prayers, so that we may be able to receive what he is preparing to give us. His gift is very great indeed, but our capacity is too small and limited to receive it. That is why we are told: Enlarge your desires, do not bear the yoke with unbelievers. The ~ deeper our faith, the stronger our hope, the greater our desire, the larger will be our capacity to receive that gift, which is...