Another papal document has appeared. This one’s on marriage and the family. ... Within hours of its appearance “experts” were on the news making judgments about its meaning. The headlines called it “revolutionary” and said it was a harbinger of great change. But the truth is: nothing has changed.
It’s Easter. It’s the most important feast day in the life of the Church — and, actually, the most important day in the life of a Christian … any Christian. ... Why is Easter important to you? Indeed, why is it the most important day of your life?
This Lenten drama will soon arrive at its climax. Holy Week will soon be here. Maybe you’ve been spotty in your follow-through since Ash Wednesday. ... Well, now’s a good time to start over. Begin again.
It’s easy to sound glib when talking about temptation. We all suffer it. St. Paul did. Even Jesus did ... so we should not be surprised when it comes to us.
Oscar Wilde famously said that he could resist everything but temptation. He was a funny guy — and that’s a funny line. But he wasn’t a happy guy. ... Jesus himself faced temptations and overcame them, one by one.
The poet Robert Burns said it is a “power” to “see ourselves as others see us.” Self-knowledge makes us stronger. ... Real power rests near our hearts in Holy Communion.
After the bells and carols of December — and after the spectacle of the ball dropping in Times Square on New Year’s — we now enter the season of “nothing special.” We now enter what the Church calls “Ordinary Time.”
“Behold, I make all things new.”
So said God our Lord from his throne in heaven, and so we can believe it is so. He alone has the authority to make the promise and the power to fulfill it.
I’m sure you occasionally have a day when everything goes right. You speak and people understand you. Somehow, you just miss the worst of the traffic on the freeway, and the bosses see that you showed up to work early. They take the occasion to tell you they appreciate the work you do. On your lunch break someone stops you on the street to compliment you on your clothing.
If you say nice things about my preaching — or my writing, or my shoes — I have to admit, I’ll be pleased. I’ll remember what you said. Pay me a compliment, and it may even change the course of my day. That’s the power of praise when it’s directed at another human being. For a moment, it makes us feel like we’re the object of admiration and even love.
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