Taking a walk one day, in front of me I saw a huge black bird. As I drew closer, I expected the bird to take flight! He did not! Thinking that possibly I had a latent, hidden “Franciscan charism”— the ability to captivate birds– to my chagrin I recognized that the bird simply was “land-bound” due to a broken wing! It dawned on me that one of the principle reasons why so many followers of Christ, never reach the stunning heights of holiness to which they are called is because they are using one wing, and the other is paralyzed … Read more
St. Paul exhorts us vehemently to keep the body pure! “Brothers and sisters: the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord and the Lord is for the body…. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own.For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glory God in your body.” (I Corinthians 6…) The price that Jesus paid for our salvation was the shedding of His Precious Blood for us on Calvary, Holy Friday! The price was the Blood of God Himself! … Read more
THE THREE ENEMIES OF THE SOUL:
THE WORLD, THE FLESH, AND THE DEVIL!
our struggle to attain the crown of eternal life, we must overcome
three major obstacles: the world, the flesh and the devil. The devil
tempts us insistently and insidiously and maliciously; the flesh from
within rebels against the law of the spirit; the world, tries to seduces
us into believing that true happiness can found in this world and all
that it can offer!
Unless we are prayerful, self-controlled and constantly vigilant
(guards on watch) we can fall prey easily to any of these mortal
enemies, … Read more
When the church celebrates the Baptism of Jesus, in the Jordan river, at 30 initiating His Public Ministry, and ending the Christmas Season, we should all call to mind “Our own Baptism” and praise and worship the Lord with humble and grateful hearts. Furthermore, most appropriate, should we call to mind all of the blessings that came from that day when the priest poured the water on your head and pronounced the life-transforming words: “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Your spiritual life all began in the … Read more
When asked what was the greatest commandment, Jesus summarized the ten commandments in two: “To love God with all your, heart, mind, soul, and strength, and then to love one’s neighbor as oneself.” ( Lk. 10:27). These two (2) give a summary of the whole of the commandments and the binding force is love. Contemplate the cross with the two dimensions! The “Vertical” first, loving God above all; then the “Horizontal” follows, the love of neighbor. The priorities must be straight! If not, IDOLATRY!
St. Thomas Aquinas asserts that the human heart is longing for God. Augustine reiterates the same with the … Read more