Contributing sermons since Nov 4, 2011
Contributed on Dec 17, 2011
The gift of detachment will benefit us much more than any material gift.
The Christmas Gift of Detachment “What did you get for Christmas?” people often ask after the long-awaited day arrives on Dec. 25. They wait for the coming of Jesus as they do the coming of St. Nicholas, or Santa Claus. I read a story this week about a superior who received gifts ...read more
Contributed on Dec 10, 2011
A twice-daily spiritual examination can bring to yus the joy of Christ's revelation in his closeness to us.
Joy to the World We rejoice at our enlightenment, the coming of the Light to the world! The darkness that results from our lack of understanding is diminished. We come to see more and more of what has been a cloud of unknowing, the title of a 14th-century book on mysticism. This unknowing ...read more
Contributed on Dec 3, 2011
During Advent ask God to reveal to your hidden sins.
And What I have Failed to Do Advent and Lent are the penitential seasons of the church. The faithful make an effort each year to eliminate those sins of which they are regretfully aware. This year I would suggest in addition we ask God to reveal our hidden sins, those of which we are not aware ...read more
Contributed on Nov 24, 2011
Concrete plans have to be made and executed to prepare for thr Final Judgment. Just saying you want to be saved and doing nothing ab out it is hardly enough preparation. Just thinking you live a good live must be supplemented by well designed plans, dedic
An Attitude of Gratitude Several places in the Gospels deal with preparedness for the Final Judgment, including this one in Mark. One strategy is to wait for the start of signs to begin preparing. However, the signs won’t necessarily ...read more
Contributed on Nov 19, 2011
Christians can discover more ways to serve those in need by asking themselves questions like: Who else? What else? Where else, in order to act as sheep rather than goats.
What More Can I Do? (Revised) The Parable of the Talents dealt with the obligation of people who have received special gifts to increase them, add “interest" by applying and developing them. Today in the Judgment of the Nations referring to ordinary Christians rather than just the leadership, ...read more