We all like to be in control — especially mothers, I think. We even try to control the action of the Holy Spirit in our own lives and in the lives of our children because we don’t always see events through the eyes of faith. Of course, most of us would deny trying to box in…… Continue reading A Beautiful Work of the Holy Spirit
A good friend, Martha, from Madonna House, “happened” to sit beside a self-proclaimed witch on an old bus heading towards the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico. Noticing Martha’s large cross identifying her as a member of the Lay Apostolate, the witch cynically remarked that most Christians were stupid because they were completely clueless…… Continue reading Are Most Christians Clueless About Their True Identity?
Sometimes God will even imbue a secular musician’s lyrics with His Spirit. This April, a palpable Presence of God swept like waves through an adoring crowd as Country and Western composer, Garth Brooks, belted out the lyrics to the song, “Standing Outside the Fire”. Twenty thousand people leapt to their feet, singing and waving their lighted…… Continue reading Yearning For the Fire of God
The secular world desperately needs to hear the perspective of Catholics on pressing issues, especially on the sanctity of human life. However most religious authors write in a small niche, read mainly by fellow Catholics and perhaps a few other critics we would secretly love to block. An amusing analogy came to me the other…… Continue reading Are We Writing Like Worker Ants or Children of God?
When the Holy Spirit inspires artists to create art with, through and in Him, their creations touch our inner selves. They are not only beautiful but also imbued with a mystical essence which gives them spiritual power. When light shines through stained glass windows, they can lift our souls up from our own narrow miserable…… Continue reading Saturated With the Spirit: Images of Pentecost
“Perfect as the wing of a bird may be, it will never enable the bird to fly if unsupported by the air -Ivan Pavlov Similarly, we can try to perfect ourselves by our own efforts but we will never be able to fly in the Spirit, no matter how holy we seem, without the wind of…… Continue reading Soar Like an Eagle
The words prayer and contemplation intimidate many people but the reality is that prayer is simple, so simple that it eludes many adults, Relax. Be Quiet. Breathe in Deeply. Enjoy the silence. Connect and listen. Sometimes we need to simply cease our activity, live in the moment and breathe. This is reality. When the Spirit…… Continue reading The Catholic Prayer of Silence