Posted by: matt25 | May 20, 2017

You Can’t Rush Perfection

They say you can’t rush perfection, good things come to those who wait, and patience is a virtue.  All are cliches that have to do with time.  It is hard to emulate attitudes like that in an instant gratification society.  But hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day you know, and neither is any other major undertaking.  I would say that your spiritual life and the life of the church come under that umbrella.

Listen to this reflection entitled “Living Stones”  recorded in St Joseph Church, Fredonia for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, Cycle A.

Posted by: matt25 | May 19, 2017

Certainty In Unknowing

I don’t know what tomorrow holds or if I will live to see it but, I do know God will be there and in that truth I trust and have courage.

Posted by: matt25 | May 7, 2017

Prayer Life

Our prayer journey is a mysterious and deeply intimate communication  with God.  Like snowflakes each prayer, as well as entire journey, is different and carried by the Spirit. Unlike snowflakes however our prayer begins from earth and rises to heaven, until it comes to rest in the heart of the one who gave us the ability to pray at all.

Posted by: matt25 | April 30, 2017

If, Then

If you believe or that there is even a possibility that Jesus meant what he said about the Eucharist, then you are called to participate in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.  Go to Mass as often as you can.  Avail yourself of the Sacraments.  I promise the priest will not judge you if you ask him to hear your confession.  There is so much grace waiting for you if you would just come to the church and ask.

Posted by: matt25 | April 9, 2017

Don’t Read This Unless You Seek Truth 

Unless you seek to know the truth their is no reason to read this.  The truth is not always pretty and it certainly isn’t easy.  Especially if you buy into the prevailing winds of what passes for wisdom in this world.  But the truth is ultimately the only thing that sets our feet on the right path and brings us life in a way we can never experience without it.

Pope Francis focused upon that truth in his homily for Palm Sunday when he said…

“Jesus, who accepts the hosannas of the crowd, knows full well that they will soon be followed by the cry: “Crucify him!” He does not ask us to contemplate him only in pictures and photographs, or in the videos that circulate on the internet. No. He is present in our many brothers and sisters who today endure sufferings like his own: they suffer from slave labour, from family tragedies, from diseases… They suffer from wars and terrorism, from interests that are armed and ready to strike. Women and men who are cheated, violated in their dignity, discarded… Jesus is in them, in each of them, and, with marred features and broken voice, he asks to be looked in the eye, to be acknowledged, to be loved.  

It is not some other Jesus, but the same Jesus who entered Jerusalem amid the waving of palm branches. It is the same Jesus who was nailed to the cross and died between two criminals. We have no other Lord but him: Jesus, the humble King of justice, mercy and peace.”

Look Jesus in the eye.  Do not ignore him.  Ask questions, and dig deeper into the question of why he suffers and how you an I are complicit in causing or allowing his suffering to continue.  Pray for the grace and wisdom to see more truth than you you did before you read this, and for the conversion of your mind and heart which will lead you to change for good.

Posted by: matt25 | April 5, 2017

Contemplative Unity

Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God… prays for us as our priest, he prays in us as our head, he is the object of our prayers as our God. Let us then recognize both our voice in his, and his voice in ours.

From a commentary on the psalms by Saint Augustine, bishop. (Ps. 85, 1: CCL 39, 1176)

Posted by: matt25 | March 19, 2017

Obstacle Schmobstacle

If your friend isn’t going to church, bring the church to them. 

Many people have to work on Sunday so they have an additional obstacle to attending a church service or becoming connected to a community of sinner/believers. If you know someone who has to work on Sundays, find a way to share your Christian faith with them during the week. After all, on one fundamental level, that is what going to church is about; sinners in need of a savior, who believe that Jesus is true God and true man, died for their sins and redeems them by his blood, who come together to share their faith and pray.

Posted by: matt25 | March 15, 2017

Before Anyone Else

“For it must be recognized that before anyone else it was God himself, the Eternal Father, who entrusted himself to the virgin of Nazareth, giving her his own Son in the mystery of the Incarnation.”

-Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris Mater, n.39

Posted by: matt25 | March 3, 2017

23 Challenges 24 Answers

Jesus said to him,” ‘If you can!’ Everything is possible to one who has faith.”  Mk 9:23

When I look at my faith, what do I see?  How much is it shaped by my ego?  Is the calling by, and my response to, God at it’s heart?  Is it deeply rooted or blown to and fro by human opinions and preferences?  Is it seeking and being drawn ever deeper by witness, word, and sacrament?  Is it a relationship of love with the ever-living God?  

“I do believe, help my unbelief!”  Mk 9:24

Posted by: matt25 | February 27, 2017

RSVP One Day At A Time

Homily for the 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time.

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