Upon being elevated to the cardinalate on Feb 18 in Rome, Cardinal Dolan of New York said he has a long way to go spiritually. He said to reporters: As grateful as I am for being a Cardinal, I really want to be a saint. I mean that, and I’ve got a long way to go … Continue reading “Imitating the Saints”
Do you ask for holiness? Seriously, how many times do you pray and ask God to make you holier? I don’t know about you, but I don’t ask nearly enough. My prayers usually revolve around asking God for other things like, “help so-and-so with an illness,” “help so-and-so with his job,” “give me the strength … Continue reading “Do You Ask for Holiness?”
Just what you need, another New Year’s resolution idea right? That is why I’m not going to suggest that you make a resolution to pray more in 2012. I’m not suggesting this because I don’t want prayer to join “getting in better shape,” “getting more organized,” and “quitting [insert vice here]” in the pile of … Continue reading “Do Not Make Prayer Your New Year’s Resolution”
The Gospel for Sunday, May 8 is from Luke 24:13-35 where some disciples of Jesus met Him on the road to Jerusalem but did not recognize Him. They did not realize Jesus was with them until He ate with them and broke bread similar to what He did at the Last Supper. Only then did … Continue reading “Gospel for May 8, 2011 — Awareness”
Mary’s message at Medjugorje on October 2, 2010: Dear children, Today I call you to a humble, my children, humble devotion. Your hearts need to be just. May your crosses be your means in the battle against the sins of the present time. May your weapon be patience and boundless love – a love that … Continue reading “Our Lady’s Messages: October 2010”
In Mary’s first August message at Medjugorje, she asks us to live for God’s Kingdom of Heaven which is echoed in my rosary meditation on the Third Luminous Mystery. In Her other message, she asks us to pray.
Along with the rewards and benefits that come with membership in the Catholic Church comes duties, obligations, and even sacrifices. This article on the Catholic News Agency discusses how the secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, Archbishop Jean-Louis Brugues, says that modern society has lost the ideas of duty and sacrifice. I see the theme of duty represented in the Fifth Sorrowful Mystery and the importance of sacrifice shown in the Third Luminous Mystery. We should meditate on these mysteries for the strength and courage to do all that God asks of us.
Today’s rosary meditation focuses on the Third Luminous Mystery — Jesus’ proclamation of the kingdom of God with a call to conversion. We should remember that Jesus is the Word made Flesh who brought the power and glory of Heaven into this world. However, in order to celebrate in God’s graces we must first approach Jesus with a humble heart open to conversion. By conversion, Jesus asks us to put away our worldly and sinful ways and truly embrace His teachings of goodness and mercy.
The First Luminous Mystery The Baptism in the River Jordan (Fruit: Openness to the Holy Spirit) I pray That I heed God’s command and listen to Jesus’ teachings That I strive to be as sinless and innocent as I was at my baptism For those who have forgotten their baptismal promises, the the Holy Spirit … Continue reading “The Luminous Mysteries”