Don’t Be a Fool!
Friday April 1 is April Fools day, which is celebrated in many countries around the world, although this custom is not an “official” holiday in any country. The way the practice started, what it is called and how it is celebrated changes from country to country but the basis is the same. It’s a day […]
Homeless – Handout or Not??
I am sure all of you reading this have run into the situation where you are sitting comfortably in your car at a stoplight. You are singing along with the radio, thinking about what you are going to have for dinner or what you have to do at work and you are just happy being […]
Pope Francis’ Suggested New Year’s Resolutions
The new year is here! The slate is clean and there are plenty of opportunities for you to make your life more meaningful and make a difference in other lives. What amazing aspirations are you going to achieve this year? At the end of the year, Pope Francis made nine inspirational recommendations for spiritual and […]
The True Meaning of Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is upon us, and with it come multitudes of candy hearts, chocolates, roses, and cards. However, Valentine’s Day was not always a day to pamper that special someone; the true message of the holiday is one of real love and sacrifice, in the fashion of St. Valentine. Though it is unclear which St. […]
Matthew 4:22–Leaving Behind Earthly Endeavors to Serve God
One of the most well known stories in the Bible is that of the “Fishers of Men,” when Jesus calls the first apostles to serve his mission. According to Matthew 4:22, “He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed Him.” It is no wonder that this story has such […]
Honor Your Country
On April 25, 1976, Rick Monday was playing right field for the Chicago Cubs in a game between the Cubs and the LA Dodgers. William Thomas and his 11-year-old son, ran into the outfield and tried to set fire to an American flag. Monday, playing with the Cubs, dashed over and grabbed the flag to […]
Money is NOT the root of all evil!
One of the most misquoted verses in the Bible is 1 Timothy 6:10. Many people quote this verse as, “Money is the root of all evil.” The verse actually reads, “The LOVE of money is the root of all evil.” Money is simply a tool, like a hammer. Tools have no intrinsic value – they […]
The Spirit of the World Leads to Idolatry
Pope Frances declared in this morning’s homily, “Its not enough to say: ‘But I believe in God, God is the only God.’ Thats fine, but how do you live this out in your life’s journey? Because we can say, ‘The Lord is the only God, there is no other’, but then live as if He […]
What pleases God
This morning, I had breakfast and one of my friends was talking about some things he was doing for the benefit of others. He made the comment, “…of course, I don’t do this to get something out of it…” At first, I thought that sounded really humble. Then I thought about how it also sounded […]
HAVE A GOOD DAY
This is a phrase repeated thousands of times a day by well-wishing people. We hear it so often that it has almost lost its meaning. As I am sitting here in my office writing this, the sun is just coming up. Truthfully? It has been up all night. It is just that I could […]