This past January I made a trip to the Holy Land, and while I was there, I went to the Mount of Olives that overlooks the city of Jerusalem, the central part of Jerusalem where all of the Churches were and where the temple used to be. As I was sitting there reflecting on the … Continue reading Through Tribulation comes Redemption
Two weekends ago I wasn’t able to be here at Mass because I agreed to help out with the Senior retreat for Ascension High School. We went up to the Feliciana retreat center near Norwood Louisiana, about a 90 minute drive. When we first arrived we did what is called a low ropes course and … Continue reading The Trust Fall and Trust in God
The Widow’s Mite This weekend we hear about a poor widow who came and put two small coins into the treasury and how her small contribution was worth more than the wealthy who put a large sum in the same treasury. The coin she put it was recognized as the lowest value currency in circulation … Continue reading The Widows Mite
How many have seen the movie Bruce Almighty? I enjoyed it when I saw it, I admit it was pretty funny and a good movie to watch. You had Jim Carry, Morgan Freeman as God which I admit was a good choice! There are a lot of funny moments in that movie and some good … Continue reading The face of God
How many of you have to travel on the Sunshine bridge on a regular basis? Did anyone face a significant detour this past Friday morning? Hopefully, this will be fixed quickly, and we can continue to drive over the sunshine bridge. However, if you have to find an alternate route around the bridge what do … Continue reading Where do we Turn when Life closes a Door?
In this weekend’s Gospel, we hear from Jesus: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Jesus is using this striking hyperbole to show the necessity of grace for us to enter into salvation. You may have heard … Continue reading The Eye of the Needle?
When I think about the multitude of saints in our Church, I normally call to mind religious brothers and sisters, priest, and bishops. We can easily think of at least one saint who was a priest or religious. Our Church in Smoke Bend is named after a religious St. Francis of Assisi. What about saints … Continue reading The Example of Holy Families
I’d like us to take a moment think back for a minute to when we were in middle school and high school, for some of us that isn’t too long ago. Think about a time you got in trouble for something and what punishment your parents gave you. Maybe it was a bad grade on … Continue reading God disciplines us so we can be greatly blessed