Do We Like Complaining?
“I have no one to put me into the pool” (John 5:6). Today’s Gospel tells us that the man by the pool of Bethesda has been ill for thirty-eight years. He sounds a bit querulous as he lies there waiting …
Father, there are ways in which I have grown quiet. Some hopes and dreams in my heart are too long-awaited, too sacred to be the stuff of idle chatter. Lord, I trust your faithfulness and your goodness and your love. I offer these dreams back to you and entrust them to your care.
– from Who Does He Say You Are?
Proclaim the Beatitudes
It is always a joyful experience for us to read and reflect on the Beatitudes! In proclaiming the Beatitudes, Jesus asks us to follow him and to travel with him along the path of love, the path that alone leads to eternal life. It is not an easy journey, yet the Lord promises us his grace and he never abandons us.
– from The Spirit of Saint Francis
Receiving the Sacraments
Considered valid complements to the Church’s liturgical worship, the sacraments carry the faithful to the threshold of the sacred and help to mediate the process of conversion of mind and heart that is central to the Catholic faith and its ongoing call to discipleship.
– from Prayer in the Catholic Tradition
Make It Worth It
Through the sacrifice of the Mass, we have the opportunity to join our sufferings to Christ’s sufferings, to fill up that which is lacking in his afflictions for the sake of the Church. If we can attach meaning to our suffering, if there is some value in what we are experiencing, we can endure anything. Think about it: Nothing in life has meaning unless we attach meaning to it.
– from When You Suffer
The Right Path
To figure out how we want to spend our time is our birthright. To develop our imagination is our sacred responsibility. To continue on the path we know is right for us—not necessarily for anybody else—with very little, if any, encouragement or validation is our primary task.
– from Loaded: Money and the Spirituality of Enough