Friday, November 28, 2008

The End is Near!

Peace! As we come to Advent, just this thought. “The end is near” can mean different things. It can mean that the termination of things is coming, i.e., the second coming of Christ. In this regard, I think it’s safest to recall what Jesus said, “You do not know the time nor the hour.” Predicting the end of the world is tricky business, and unhelpful. Jesus will come when He decides. So we just need to listen to him, and be ready each and every day.
“The end is near” can mean something else. An “end” is also a goal. So, if we remember that Jesus is our goal (right now), then we can take comfort in the thought that the end is always near. A thought, I hope, to help Advent be a time of joy and renewed commitment for all of us.
The END is near, in our hearts and in our minds.
God bless!

Friday, November 14, 2008


Pax et Bonum! Just to let anyone who still follows this that I have not fallen off the face of the earth. But life has been busy and I ask your prayers.
I will continue these musings as time allows and God wills!
Just a reminder: 1209 is the 800th anniversary of the first approval of the Order of Friars Minor by Pope Innocent III.
God bless!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Not Supposed to Happen

Peace and Good!
In the Gospel today all sorts of things that aren't supposed to happen do happen:
Jesus delays going to see Lazarus
"Doubting" Thomas expresses willingness to die with him
Martha is the one who goes to see Jesus and professes a deep faith
Jesus weeps...

But more than anything:

Lazarus, who has been dead four days, walks out of the tomb.

That's not supposed to happen.

But it does, because of the power of God's love and mercy.

With those who came out to console Martha and Mary, may we be led by this to believe in Him.

God bless you all!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Water from the Rock

Peace and Good!
If Jesus had told some of his disciples that he would be proclaiming the good news to a Samaritan woman, they might have told him that it would be like trying to get water from a rock! Which, of course, is what God told Moses to do. Lent is a time to marvel at what can do, what God has done and continues to do in this world. After all, if you had told the people of Assisi that young son of Pietro Bernardone was going to become a great saint, leaving behind his wealth and search for fame, they would have thought it was crazy. But God didn't.
God bless you!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Blessings for the New Year

Peace and Good! If anyone is still checking this blog, I will be active again in a few weeks. Blessings for Christmas and the new year 2008.