He is Risen. Now What?

As Jesus the Risen Christ prepares to ascend to His Father, he announces: “you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of…

St. Maximilian Kolbe

Kolbe’s Free Will Equations

St. Maximilian Kolbe presented the way to holiness as a simple equation involving free will: V + v = S Each V stands for “voluntas”, Latin for “will”. The large V is the will of God. The small v is…

Open hand

Do Not Be Afraid to Give Yourself to God: He Loves You

It can be easy to fall into the error of looking at faith as a sort of economic transaction: I’ll do this for God, and God will do this for me. This happens when we recognize only part of the…

Not the Monarch of Mobs

We just celebrated Palm Sunday, where the people hailed Christ as King with loud “Hosannas.” Five days later they cry out “Crucify Him!” Often I am asked by my students how they could turn on Him so quickly. The answer…

Which God are You Sharing with Others?

Evangelize. Go forth and spread the Good News to the ends of the earth. Too often, we think it’s the ends of the earth that need to meet Jesus and not those we come into contact with every day. The…

The Head Coach of the Catholic Team is Jesus

I’m a big sports fan and we’re in the middle of March Madness right now. Then, the Masters Golf Tournament comes in a few weeks. It’s a great time for sports fans. As I thought about my own faith over…

Into the Darkness!

Gifts, we have gifts, we ALL have gifts.  I bet you have heard that one and might have said to yourself: “I haven’t got a single gift.”  I speculate that we have all done or said that at least once…

Free lunch

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. (James 1:16-17 NAB) Mariana, my friend in my exercise class, told me she…

Healthy Relationships. Healthy Parish Life.

Evangelization demands from us, calls us to, and compels us toward healthy parish life. Why? Because the normative path in Christian life, after conversion, is into Christian community. And, if our community isn’t one where strengths are utilized, where relationships…

Lazarus

Sunday Readings for April 2, the 5th Sunday of Lent Some find it hard to accept that God would love some people more than others. That wouldn’t be fair, they say. But God became man. If he did not love…