Movements that transform cultures historically come from larger spiritual renewal. Congratulations to last weekâ€™s giveaway winner John Germain! Enter to win a your own copy of Indivisible! Simply leave a comment here. Next Wednesday, August 15, we will randomly select this weekâ€™s winner. Giveaway sponsored by The Maximus Group. You also can buy Indivisible from … [Read more…]
The faithful should embrace this barb for what it really means. I had a Facebook dialog a few weeks ago with a couple Catholic friends who struggle with some of the Churchâ€™s teachings. The subject of the exchange was Rep. Paul Ryanâ€™s budget proposal. One of them suggested he should be denied communion because he … [Read more…]
Well-intentioned axiom has out-lived its usefulness, should be retired. Weâ€™ve all been there. Youâ€™re way behind on laundry so you dig deep into your closet, rummaging through clothing you havenâ€™t worn in years. Amid all the outmoded items you find what appears to be a gem, something you used to wear all the time.Â Okay, it … [Read more…]
2012: The Year of (Simplified) Prayer Melanie who blogs at TheÂ Rosary Chick recently shared a beautiful reflection about her annual tradition of choosing a theme to guide her year. Her 2011 theme was Mercy; this year’s theme isÂ Home. What a lovely tradition! After all, our Holy Father designates themes for given years (2012 is the … [Read more…]
August 28, 2011:Â Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time The juxtaposition of this week’s readings against last week’s readings is hard to ignore. Last week, Peter was “all in” when Jesus commanded him to build a Church, essentially to marshal a spiritual army of disciples and storm the gates of the sinful world with the power of … [Read more…]
August 21, 2011: Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time This weekâ€™s Old Testament readings are filled with contrasting images of leaders, often depicted in battle, in action. Those whose faith is in God are exalted and do great things in His name; those whose faith is in themselves are humbled. Donâ€™t Flatter Yourself. In the first … [Read more…]
Iâ€™ve used and abused Martha so much in the past to justify my busyness. Someone has to step up, be the Martha, and get the work done, right?
Maybe this is common sense for you, but I had an â€œA-haâ€ moment a few months back. I had been complaining a lot about how busy Joel and I are required to be with his diaconate formation. Classes to attend, books to read, essays to write, spiritual direction to seek, etc. Sometimes I feel we are kept busy just for the sake that looking busy must mean we are really being formed spiritually.
But it was during one of the seminary classes that I gained a sense of peace about much of this. There is a very dynamic monk at Conception Seminary & Abbey in Missouri, and no matter what he says, it seems heâ€™s always speaking just to me. And he made the point, â€œIt wasnâ€™t what Martha was doing that was her problem. It was her mode!â€
This letter appears in the June 19 & 26, 2011 bulletin of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines, IA. My name is Joel Schmidt, and Fr. Hoefler asked me to write this column to introduce myself to you. Why? Because I am a parishioner here at St. Francis of Assisi and, … [Read more…]
And they waited. And we waited. And we are rewarded. We are rewarded by a love that conquers our fears, a love that achieves our hopes, a love given to us by His grace because we believe. And all because one man, Jesus, had a love for us greater than the fear of suffering; a … [Read more…]