Often people think of Lent as a time to share in the suffering of Christ yet when they try to suffer for Christ, they become morose, centring more on their own sacrificial devotions than on God. Of course, Lent IS a time to get rid of the flub in our lives but only so we are able to connect more to the heart of our … Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Loving Lent?
Today’s Gospel: Luke 11: 29-32 Did you notice this Gospel reading opens when the crowds gathering around Jesus were actually increasing? Christ’s angry reaction to this growing number of followers is shocking at first glance. However, these people were really curiosity seekers, who were not humbly looking for the truth with open minds, but arrogantly seeking proof with closed hearts; all the while convinced Jesus … Continue reading No Other Sign Will Be Given
Every human being is basically blind to their own faults and sin. There are many reasons we cannot seem to die to self and enjoy communion with God – psychological reasons, inherited sin, pride, the tendency to control and other self-defeating behaviours. However, I think the biggest barrier to receiving the Love of God is egocentricity; we are centred on ourselves, on our own efforts … Continue reading How To Win the War Against Sin
In these first days of Lent, the Church shows us exactly how God wants us to pray, fast, serve His people and worship Him. The words from Isaiah 58:1-9 are like brilliant beams of light, cutting through any false notions we might have about this season of repentance that we call Lent. Often we tend to think of Lent as a time to share in the suffering … Continue reading Ash Wednesday: What Does God REALLY Want?
On February 22, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the importance of Christian hope in the face sin during his weekly General Audience. Although his reflections focused on the corruption of creation, they are not the opinions of a left-leaning environmentalist but the profound insights of a man of God. The Environment Unfortunately, many Catholics will most likely overreact when they read the title of … Continue reading Pope Francis: A Corrupt Creation, Christian Hope, and Rebirth
Today’s Gospel: Mark 7:14-23 The Gospel passage today focuses on the problem of evil. It would be a depressing scripture if it were not for the reality and power of the Cross because evil is so deeply ingrained in our being that we really do not have a clue how to eliminate it from our lives. After seeing how the Pharisees try to purify themselves, Jesus … Continue reading Lord, Save Me From Myself
Modern, educated folk tend to dismiss the miraculous, preferring to believe science will eventually provide a plausible explanation for the inexplicable. For the cynical, only the ignorant or gullible set out on desperate pilgrimages seeking cures or chase after Charismatic signs. Many Protestants think miracles were only for the age of dispensation of grace; for somber Calvinists, supernatural deeds are not performed today. However, there are … Continue reading Surprised By Three Miracles
Living like the world revolved around me was not fun nor was carrying the burdens of the world on my emotional shoulders. Continue reading Defying Reality by Stealing God’s Job
If I surrender to reality, the Eucharistic also takes me out of myself into reality, into a Life bigger than me,
Into the very life of God. Continue reading Eating Toast and Drinking Tea vs. The Body and Blood of Christ
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The Epiphany of the Lord celebrates Christ’s manifestation to the Gentiles, to us, symbolized by Christ’s manifestation to the Magi or the Wise Men. For me, Epiphany also triggers a longing for more of His presence. On Epiphany, we ask God to not only shine His light in our hearts but to protect our homes with His light as well.… Continue reading The Magi Sought Fearlessly, Adored Humbly
God can operate on us, purify us, heal us when we are asleep and can’t interfere or get in His way. Continue reading God Works In Us Best When We Are Sleeping?
We are not puppets. God gave us freewill to choose to act justly or not. That is the great mystery surrounding the question of evil in our world. Continue reading Gospel Reflection: December 28, 2016 – Holy Innocents
Stand in Prayer With Open, Empty Hands Continue reading Finding God’s Joy In My Deepest Wounds During Christmas
I turn my eyes to the child Jesus in silent expectation, waiting to be filled with light and hope. Continue reading The God Who Comes
The Christian mystical tradition continually asserts that any man-made means or techniques cannot attain true contemplation, which is a pure gift of God. Continue reading An Interview on Christian Prayer With David Torkington
I do not want to simply rattle off this response at every Mass; instill trust in You in the very fabric of my soul. Continue reading Only Say The Word
God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy, so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen Our Lady of Expectation Father in heaven, our hearts … Continue reading Advent Prayers and Marian Art From the Heart
Last year in 2015, I recorded two interviews for Catholic radio shows. Now you can actually hear my voice and learn more about my faith and life as a convert. Here is a radio interview I did with Elizabeth Reardon, last year on her show on Breadbox Media: An Engaging Faith Featuring Melanie Jean Juneau And if that is not enough for you try this … Continue reading Elizabeth and Allison Both Interviewed Melanie on BreadBox Media
The Power of Images To Change Lives Marie Constantin, the photographer and author of Finding Calcutta: Memoirs of a Photographer, understands images have power, more power than words alone to impact lives. It was an image in a documentary film that turned Constantin’s life completely around in the early 1990’s. She was a young journalist, completely focused on establishing her career and partying with friends when an … Continue reading Saint Teresa of Calcutta Through the Lens of a Friend
When I admitted defeat, then God had an opportunity to save me from myself Continue reading Admit Defeat,Then Soar in the Spirit