I imagine the most terrifying moment in the life of new parents is when they first take their son or daughter home from the hospital. Now what? Being a parent is a wonderful, yet I suspect sometimes overwhelming experience. In the very high vocation that is motherhood, I suspect that the desire to see is […]
Early in my life as a priest my focus in prayer was on action. What could I do? What plan could I develop? What program would so excite the parish that we would have to have so many Masses on the weekend it would be hard to imagine saying them all? When I was first a priest if Jesus had asked me “What do you want me to do for you?” the answer would have been to tell me what to do. But today more and more I am realizing it is not firstly about what to do. That comes later. Lord, what I want is to see. To see YOU.
We cannot commit to following God and to not following God. Yet, sin is addictive. Despite our best efforts to accept God’s grace, we turn our backs on God. The wonderful truth, however, is that God never stops loving us. No matter how broken, how much our lives might feel like a mess, God always loves us. So, choose to follow God.
For me the hardest temptation to resist is to believe in the spiritual life everything is up to me. I want to be in control. I want to make the decisions. If I think hard enough, plan long enough, use enough intelligence, than it will all work out. I say I trust in God, but in reality I do not. It is because I do not trust enough in St. Paul’s message in the first reading. That Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God, is more powerful in giving grace than our sinfulness. Thanks be to God this is true!
One of the most challenging aspects of Christian life is the problem of evil. In fact, Saint Thomas Aquinas called it one of the most difficult topics concerning God. Why is there evil in the world with an all loving God? While certainly it is clear that some evil comes from humans, there are other evils that seem unfair. A small child has a terminal illness. The people of Haiti, so desperately poor, suffer from a powerful earthquake. Is there an answer? Listen and find out.
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