Power Or Service

Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.  You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved. Matthew 10:21-22 On this Feast of St. Stephen we find ourselves somewhat[read more]

Waiting in the Dark

Thus says the Lord God: / Lo, I am sending my messenger / to prepare the way before me. Malachi 3:1 Yesterday I spent the afternoon and evening with my cousin and his wife.  To be with them is always an extraordinarily enriching experience, and one filled with significant, and so enjoyable, conversation.  They have[read more]

Knowing the Way

“For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’  The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is vindicated by her works.” Matthew 11:18-19 Most of us are[read more]

Our Lady of Guadalupe

“With her dark skin and Indian features, the Lady offered an image of divine compassion for a demoralized people.  Speaking to Juan Diego in his own language, she presented herself in terms of compassion and solidarity, not power and domination.  Through him, she called the Church to heed the voice of the poor, to serve[read more]

He Gave Thanks

The disciples said to him, “Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place to satisfy such a crowd?”  Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” “Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish.”  He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground.  Then he took the seven loaves and[read more]

A Space With Different Rules

The court was convened, and the books were opened.  I watched, then, from the first of the arrogant words which the horn spoke, until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the burning fire.  As for the other beasts, their dominion was taken away, but they were granted a prolongation of[read more]

Thanks For Everything

I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with all of my heart,    for you have heard the words my mouth;    in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise; I will worship at your holy temple. I will give thanks to your name, Because of your kindness and your truth.Psalm[read more]

The Writing On The Wall

Suddenly, opposite the lampstand, the fingers of a human hand appeared, writing on the plaster of the wall in the king’s palace. When the king saw the hand that wrote, his face became pale; his thoughts terrified him, his hip joints shook, and his knees knocked. Daniel 5:5-6  It will lead to your giving testimony.[read more]

The Kingdom of God Is Among Us

In Wisdom is a spirit / intelligent, holy, unique, / Manifold, subtle, agile, / clear, unstained, certain, / Never harmful, loving the good, keen, / unhampered, beneficent, kindly, / Firm, secure, tranquil, / all-powerful, all-seeing, / And pervading all spirits, / though they be intelligent, pure and very subtle. Wisdom 7: 22-3 Asked by the[read more]