Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

1 Thessalonians 2:8


8
With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our very selves as well, so dearly beloved had you become to us.

What strikes me most today

St. Paul and all the subsequent missionaries - who risked their lives to make Jesus and His Gospel known to the world. If I love Christ as much as I say I do, shouldn't I be that willing to evangelize the world. I surely shouldn't hesitate due to fear of what others would think when so many missionaries suffered torture and death for standing up for Christ and the Gospel. I have a lot of work to live up to being the type of Christian I want to think I am!

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Colossians 4:17-18

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"See that you fulfill the ministry that you received in the Lord."
18
The greeting is in my own hand, Paul's. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.

What strikes me most today

This is the very end of St. Paul's Letter to the Colossians. What struck me first was the quote about being sure to fulfill the ministry received from the Lord. I am always wondering if I am doing God's will, living my life how He wants me to, and fulfilling the ministry of evangelization and living the Gospel that we are called to through our Baptism. I sometimes wish I would receive more explicit instructions for the right decisions to make on a daily basis - but I guess that could interfere with free will. In becoming more like Christ and trying to think in a WWJD way, we are becoming more like Christ, more fulfilled, and more free.
While thinking of this, St. Paul throws us the left hook of "Remember my chains," realizing that the right decisions are not always going to be the easy ones. How can we do this? "GRACE!" So he finishes with "Grace be with you."
It just amazes me that such perfect writings by St. Paul were written nearly 2000 years ago and are just as true today as they ever were.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Colossians 4:2

2
Persevere in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

What strikes me most today

Today's passage made me realize that most of my prayers are prayers of petition - I'm asking for something. I try to remember to pray a prayer of thanksgiving - when I get what I want. But I really should be praying prayers of thanksgiving the most. I have the life that God gave me and the lives God gave my family and friends. He certainly didn't have to create us or the world we live in - but He did. And because He gave us life, we will live for all eternity. Maybe I'll be more likely to spend that eternity in Heaven if I'm a little more grateful and spend more time thanking God for this life and all that's in it.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Monday, September 7, 2010

Colossians 2:6-7


6
So, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him,
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rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

What strikes me most today

"abounding in thanksgiving." So my oldest son told us he would be unable to come home for Labor Day weekend, but my daughter surprised us by driving to Columbia, MO by herself and bringing him home - I'm glad I didn't know she was doing this until she was back home safely!
It was awesome having him home for the weekend, but today I had to say goodbye again. He drove there, and my 15 year old drove home (he has his permit.)
I was feeling a little sorry for myself that my kids are getting older, and therefore I am getting older. Then I realized I really should be thankful. Kids are meant to grow up, and so are we. Then I started thinking about all I had to be thankful for, starting with the gift of life itself God gave me and my family - we certainly did nothing to deserve it, but how awesome that God has given us life!
I need to focus on the blessings in my life; just meditating on those as my son drove me home from Mizzou made me much less anxious about all the details of my life - even his driving!

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Colossians 2:1-3

1
all who have not seen me face to face,
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that their hearts may be encouraged as they are brought together in love, to have all the richness of fully assured understanding, for the knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ,
3
in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

What strikes me most today

the idea that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in the person of Jesus Christ. Our faith is not just a set of beliefs --> it is the Truth of the person Jesus Christ, Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. His bride is the Church He founded when He handed the Keys of the Kingdom to St. Paul. And here in today's reading we have St. Paul passing on this Truth to us.
Awesome!

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

Colossians 1:15-17

15
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
16
For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created through him and for him.
17
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

What strikes me most today

OK, first, just reading the word firstborn, I have to admit I thought of my firstborn who is now away at college. Today's picture is my youngest daughter with him. She misses him terribly. She was so excited this morning when she received an e-mail from him, telling her how much he missed her.
I also thought of my college son in the rest of the reading today. God is our Creator - he made the world where kids are attending college just as He made the world we raised our children in and continue to live in. That realization is such a comfort to a parent - God made the part of the world my son is in now, and God is just as present to my son there as He was here at home.
What an awesome God!

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Colossians 1:9-12

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we do not cease praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding
10
to live in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God,
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strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy
12
giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.

What strikes me most today

OK, so maybe everything I am reading now makes me thinking of my son moving away to college. But if you reread the lines above, I really think it fits. My son is a young man. He's ready to move into a dorm, make decisions and choices (all right choices, I'm hoping, even though all the choices I made certainly weren't perfect!) So what is there left for me to do? First --> pray for him. Second --> be ready to give him good advice based on mistakes I've made and learned from. Thirdly --> try to be ready with financial support as needed. (I wonder if his order of these 3 would be the same as mine?)
As St. Paul says to the Colossians, our family says to our son, "We do not cease praying for you..."

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

Philippians 4:4-5

4
Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!
5
Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near.

What strikes me most today

Jeff Jr is packing up for college. Elizabeth is next - about to start her senior year and looking at colleges.
As we pack Jeff up, we come across so many old memories and photos. The photo above is our two oldest after they snuck into a bag of M&M's (which are supposed to only melt in your mouth, not in your hands or around your mouth!). We didn't find out until we wondered why they went to brush their teeth on their own without being asked.
They had had their own little party. I remember this evening well - they were so happy, just rejoicing in the chocolate stash they had discovered. And it was good to see them happy and rejoicing. They were and are the kindest children (OK, young man and young woman) you could hope to meet. And they were loving the present moment and enjoying their lives - the lives that are God's greatest gift to them. God wants us to be happy in this world and the next. And that is precisely my prayer for them. Happiness now and in Eternity - for all of us! Rejoice! The Lord is near!

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Biggest Loser - Daris, age 25 - 346 to 178 pounds!

Philippians 3:18-21

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For many, as I have often told you and now tell you even in tears, conduct themselves as enemies of the cross of Christ.
19
Their end is destruction. Their God is their stomach; their glory is in their "shame." Their minds are occupied with earthly things.
20
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
21
He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself.

What strikes me most today

The Biggest Loser is my wife's favorite show. I believe this show is so popular because we can relate to letting parts of our life get out of control. Today's reading reminds me of this - especially verse 19 above - read that one above again. Ouch! Unfortunately, I can relate to that. Too often I overeat, especially when stressed. What if instead of eating ice cream or pie or pretzels or chips and salsa or leftovers, what if I said a Divine Mercy Chaplet - it would take the same amount of time, but be good for my body and soul rather than bad to both, and no guilt! I usually have trouble sticking to ideas like that, but I'm going to remember that I can choose to turn to my God, my faith, the Church and Her teachings and practices (maybe even actually fasting one day - and not just eating two really large meals so the 3rd will be smaller!) If I prefer to be weak and give in to the temptation of overeating, I am acting like those in verse 18, who "conduct themselves as enemies of the cross of Christ." Big time OUCH!!!
In fact, I'm stressed enough that a Divine Mercy Chaplet may be too quick - I'm going to go pray a Rosary. We can also offer up sacrifices (like not eating late and praying a Rosary) for any intentions - I'm going to offer mine tonight for my children - that they grow ever closer to Christ, especially the one whose moving out to go to college in 6 days! Wow, thinking of that usually calls for about a pound of dry roasted cashews - I better start those Luminous Mysteries right away! Gotta go! Good night!

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Philippians 2:28

"so that... I may have less anxiety."

What strikes me most today

The word "anxiety" jumped out at me as I finished the 2nd chapter of Philippians. I do get nervous/anxious about confession - so I went to a new priest this weekend. He was great - he told me none of the things I wanted to hear and all the things I needed to hear. And although I don't picture myself as an anxious person, the ways I deal with stress could be better (and at least he told me most people sin more when they are stressed - e.g. overeating, drinking, losing temper, withdrawing and ignoring family and loved ones, avoiding mass and prayer, etc.)
So I am hitting the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplets now - trying to make them a habit - hopefully to decrease stress and anxiety, and give me alternate ways to deal with them when I need to.
And I really hate going back and telling the same sins over and over... so I really am going to try!

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Philippians 2:14

14
Do everything without grumbling or questioning.

What strikes me most today

I'm on call this week. There are 8 physicians in my group, so every 8th week we each take call for a week at a time. This is my week. That means that in addition to working all day, I can be called in at any time of night for emergencies. It is mostly the unknowing of how many phone calls and how many emergencies each day and night will bring that makes it so stressful.
So as this evening kept getting busier, I found myself grumbling and questioning (that's why this passage stuck out to me this evening).
I need to be more like Marcus Welby, MD (Robert Young), or his young partner Steven Kiley, MD (James Brolin). What a great show that was (Elena Verdugo as Consuela was one of my first crushes!)
I recall them absolutely loving the opportunity to help others. They did have times they were tired and frustrated and anxious - but what great docs they were. I need to offer up any fatigue or stress or anxiety for those who are suffering much more than I am.
I don't think God could have spoken any plainer to me than the words of Philippians 2:14. So I'll try to get back to post throughout the week - but "without grumbling or complaining!"

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

Philippians 2:3-4

3
Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves,
4
each looking out not for his own interests, but (also) everyone for those of others.

What strikes me most today

Regarding others as more important than ourselves. I just finished reading the book, Man of God: Young at Heart (The Life of Blessed Timothy Giaccardo). He was the first priest of the Society of St. Paul, and vital to the early Pauline life. However, he was willing to offer his life as a sacrifice to help the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master to gain Papal approval. He died on January 24, 1948, just days after the Pious Disciples received the Papal Decree of Praise (This was January 12, 1948, just after Blessed Timothy celebrated his last Mass.) Although he was so important, he regarded the Sister Disciples more important, offering his life for them. What an inspiration for us!

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010




Philippians 1:29

29
For to you has been granted, for the sake of Christ, not only to believe in him but also to suffer for him.

What strikes me most today

As I read the rest of the first Chapter of Philippians, the above passage stood out the most for me. As I try to advance on my journey to eternity with the Blessed Trinity, I am sometimes surprised that bad things still happen in my work and home life; mortgages, tuitions, and other bills just keep pouring in, and life is just not perfect liked I had hoped it would be! It reminded me of St. Theresa of Avila, who I remember writing about how even the closest relationship with God will not prevent us from suffering in this life. She is one of my favorite writers to quote (FYI Sr. Julia Darrenkamp, fsp, is the one who has taught me to LOVE quotes - she always finds the BEST!)
Below are some of my favorite quotes of St. Theresa of Avila that demonstrate what I mean:

“Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All thing pass; God never changes. Patience attains All that it strives for. He who has God Finds he lacks nothing:God alone suffices.”
“Pain is never permanent”

“To have courage for whatever comes in life - everything lies in that.”
“More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.”
“It is true that we cannot be free from sin, but at least let our sins not be always the same.”

“Let nothing disturb thee, nothing affright thee; all things are passing; God never changeth.”

and my favorite St. Theresa of Avila quote, as she is praying to God...

“If this is the way you treat your friends, it's no wonder you have so few!”

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

Philippians 1:9-10

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And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception,
10
to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.

What strikes me most today

This reminds me of Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body. And speaking of TOB, the TOB Congress in Philadelphia has been sold out with a waiting list, and all the speakers are getting fantastic reviews. This evening, awards were presented - and the Daughters of St. Paul were honored for their service and dedication in spreading the messages of Theology of the Body using all means of media and social communication to the world. Sr. Helena Burns, FSP, gave one of the talks at the conference. Congratulations to the Daughters of St. Paul, and you for your efforts to increase our "knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that [we] may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ."

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Philippians 1:6


6
I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.

What strikes me most today

Two of my sons and I "began a good work" several years ago and we are trying to complete it. We are trying to see baseball games at all 30 major league stadiums. We just returned from a road trip to Atlanta, Miami, and Tampa. We are up to 22 stadiums now; we have 8 more to go (God willing). It's a great father-son time to share just spending time together traveling and seeing baseball games. The long car rides seem to be the times we talk the most. It's awesome. And we are confident that we can complete this good work (hopefully before they go off to college!)

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ephesians 6:1-3

1
Children, obey your parents (in the Lord), for this is right.
2
"Honor your father and mother." This is the first commandment with a promise,
3
"that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life on earth."

What strikes me most today

Wow! This one came at a good time. I need my son (the independent-I-don't-need-parental-interference-anymore-about-to-be-a-college-freshman) to read this. I feel a little guilty because I always thought I'd be a little sadder when my first-born was getting old enough to move out. Uh-uh! I'm as ready as he is. Maybe God implants a timed device in teens to make them push every button and press every rule in the weeks leading up to dorm life - perhaps to ease the separation. If so --> it works!
I know there will be times I will miss him, and I hope there will be times he might even miss me.
Maybe a day will come when he doesn't think I'm a mean-arbitrary-dictator living only to find ways to make his life miserable. Who knows, he could even ask my advice or appreciate me some day. My head spins trying to imagine such a day!
No matter what, I will continue to pray for him daily. I realize the world is a tough place for kids to grow up these days. As difficult as society makes it for faith-filled young men and women - he really is turning into a great young man. I pray he continues to grow in his relationship with Christ into adulthood and whatever God has in store for his future!

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010

Ephesians 5:25-27


25
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her
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to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word,
27
that he might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.

What strikes me most today

Today's reading made me think of Pope John Paul the Great. As the Vicar of Christ, I could imagine he would relax and take it easy and enjoy being Pope. But this Holy Father prayed 8 hours every day - FOR US! He only slept 4 hours each day. He wrote a lot (as we all know, I haven't caught up on reading his encyclicals; I can only imagine how long it take to write them - not to mention his awesome Theology of the Body). The point is that he saw the Church as a bride - and he loved her - meaning he sacrificed all for her.
May I sacrifice for my wife and for Christ and His Church the way Pope John Paul II demonstrated for us.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Ephesians 5:13-14

13
Everything exposed by the light becomes visible,
14
for everything that becomes visible is light.

What strikes me most today

Today's passage reminded me of the movie The Miracle Worker, starring Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft.
Helen Keller grew up learning about the world around her without being able to see it. That is how I should be in my faith life - always working to get closer to the Blessed Trinity, even though I can't see them and the whole concept of One God in Three Persons is not that easy to grasp - but with faith I can accept it.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

Ephesians 5:8-10

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For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light,
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for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.
10
Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord

What strikes me most today

I remember Star Wars making such an impression on me, not just for what seemed like unbelievably great special effects, but for our choice between good and evil in this world. Jesus has brought us the light. We can choose to live as children of light, bringing goodness, righteousness, and truth. This will be pleasing to the Lord, and the key to our own happiness in this life and the next.
May the force be with you!

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Ephesians 5:5-7

5
Be sure of this, that no immoral or impure or greedy person, that is, an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6
Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient. 2
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So do not be associated with them.

What strikes me most today

To be honest, it's a little scary to read that no immoral or impure or greedy person has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. My first thought is that no one can even attempt to live such a life. But then I look at the happy faces of Blessed James Alberione and Blessed Timothy Giaccardo - and I know it can be done - I need to be like the Nike commercial and Just Do It!

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ephesians 5:3-4


3
Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you, as is fitting among holy ones,
4
no obscenity or silly or suggestive talk, which is out of place, but instead, thanksgiving.

What strikes me most today

Ozzie and Harriet! Now there was good family entertainment - happy, talented, respectful kids. Good ratings even without obscenities, silly or suggestive talking, and no need for sexual suggestiveness or demeaning women (or dads, who appear like clueless idiots in much TV today).
I give thanksgiving for this great TV show. I wish this was the kind of TV my kids were growing up on!

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

Ephesians 4:29


29
No foul language should come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for needed edification, that it may impart grace to those who hear.

What strikes me most today

I can't help thinking about Ralphie in A Christmas Story, after he accidentally dropped the F-bomb. I loved his descriptions of the various bars of soap he tasted over the years. So, even though there's little chance of Mom putting soap in my mouth now, I still need to remember to stick to language that can impart grace to those who hear - which is not only avoiding cussing, but also completely avoiding talking bad about anyone else.

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Ephesians 4:28

28
The thief must no longer steal, but rather labor, doing honest work with his (own) hands, so that he may have something to share with one in need.

What strikes me most today

Today's writing reminds me of an episode of Little House on the Prairie called The Collection- When Reverend Alden gets sick while collecting donations, and ex-convict named Caleb Hodgekiss (played by Johnny Cash), offers to get the donations from Walnut Grove for him. Caleb plans to keep the money himself, but he decides to do the right thing when he sees how nice the people of Walnut Grove are. He no longer stole, but began to do honest work with his own hands and shared with those in need.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Ephesians 4:25-27

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Therefore, putting away falsehood, speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
26
Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun set on your anger,
27
and do not leave room for the devil.

What strikes me most today

Today's reading reminded me of Harry Potter. People are afraid to utter Voldemort's name, except for Harry. Professor Dumbledore encourages this by telling Harry that the truth conquers fear.
Too often in today's world we rationalize sin and sinful behavior. Lies, anger, sinning are easy traps to fall into - but we must realize the truth that these all separate us from God and makes room for the devil. That's why we must be honest with ourselves and with others, and we must not leave room for the devil.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010

Ephesians 4:11-14

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And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,
12
to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
13
until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the extent of the full stature of Christ,
14
so that we may no longer be infants, tossed by waves and swept along by every wind of teaching arising from human trickery, from their cunning in the interests of deceitful scheming.

What strikes me most today

"tricking" and "scheming" This reminds me of The Patty Duke Show. Now here was a girl who could trick and scheme, taking advantage of her cousin's physical similarities. I think St. Paul is telling us today to mature beyond this stage, to "attain the full unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God." In this way, we can know, and then share with the world, Jesus the Divine Master, the Way, the Truth, and the Life!

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Ephesians 4:7-8

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But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.
8
Therefore, it says: "He ascended on high and took prisoners captive; he gave gifts to men."

What strikes me most today

Christ giving different gifts to different people, and grace given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. This one reminds me of the Flying Nun. She was given a special gift. Although I don't personally know anyone who has been given the gift of flight, I know many people who have other awesome gifts that bring me closer to Christ.
(Those kinds of gifts are better than flying any day!)

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Ephesians 3:20-21

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Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us,
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to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

What strikes me most today

"to accomplish far more that all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us." This makes me think of Lucy Ricardo and all her schemes, imagination, and dreams. Why are we always wanting more? Why are we always searching? Why are we never satisfied?
St. Augustine got it right - God created our hearts, and our hearts are restless until they rest in God!

God grant eternal rest to Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley for the years of fun, love, and laughter they gave us! Amen.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Ephesians 3:14-15

14
I kneel before the Father,
15
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.

What strikes me most today

When I hear family, I still think Brady Bunch! It was a different family, and I'm not sure if Mike and Carol were divorced or widowed from their first spouses, but they made a family. And though the Brady's were not perfect, the family members were grateful to be part of a family. Likewise, we should be grateful for the families we come from - we wouldn't be alive without the miracle of life God allowed our parents to participate in. For this life and the hope of eternal life with God, "I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named."

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Monday, July 5, 2010

Ephesians
Chapter 3:1-3
1
Because of this, I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ (Jesus) for you Gentiles--
2
if, as I suppose, you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for your benefit,
3
(namely, that) the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly earlier.

What strikes me most today

OK, since I've been into pop culture/old TV shows, the first prisoner who comes to mind is Otis the Drunk from Mayberry RFD. In no means am I comparing St. Paul to Otis. Rather, we are all like Otis in some way. He has his demons, as we all must deal with in our own lives. Whether alcohol, overeating, talking badly about people, impure thoughts, immoral actions, or whatever, we try to avoid sin, but too often find ourselves taking the prison keys off Barney Fife's desk and admitting we have fallen again. What hope do we have: God's grace!

(Even now, I'm afraid if I came face to face with one of Aunt Bee's homemade blueberry pies, I would not be able to practice moderation!)

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Ephesians 2:19-20


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So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God,
20
built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.

What strikes me most today

"So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners." This reminds me of those poor officers and passengers on the Starship Enterprise, forever strangers and sojourners in this big world! What were they looking for? They wanted to find a planet suitable for life to replace Earth. What are we looking for? A place to spend Eternity in peace and happiness --> in other words, Heaven.
How scary for the crew of the Starship Enterprise if they never find what they are looking for.
How much scarier for us if we never find what we are looking for - at least we know the answer to our journey - His name is Jesus!

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Ephesians 2:17-22


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He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near,
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for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
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So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God,
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built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.
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Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord;
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in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

What strikes me most today

He came and preached peace. This reminds me most of Kung Fu starring David Carradine. His character really was like the apostles, traveling from place to place. He really did try to teach peace, though he could pull out the Kung Fu when needed!

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010

Ephesians 2:17-18

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He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near,
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for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.

What strikes me most today

Peace to those far off and those who are near. I tend to relate many things to old TV shows. This one reminded me of "Lost in Space." No matter how far off the Robinson family got, they still loved and cared for one another (except for Dr. Smith, whom I quote: "Yours not to question why; yours to do as I say or die." - not the most Christian!) Even when they were lost in space, they all still had access in one Spirit to the Father.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Ephesians 2:14-16

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For he is our peace, he who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh,
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abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims, that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two, thus establishing peace,
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and might reconcile both with God, in one body, through the cross, putting that enmity to death by it.

What strikes me most today

"abolishing differences," "breaking down the dividing wall of enmity," "He is our peace."
I think back to early lessons of getting rid of differences between people. The first lessons I remember were from George and Weezy Jefferson. They showed us how wrong it was to treat people differently just because of skin color. Even after being financially successful with his own dry cleaning business, the Jeffersons were still treated differently because they were African American. It became obvious that others were treated differently for a variety of reasons (disabilities, poverty, physical appearance, nationality, etc.) "Through his flesh" and "through the cross" we can become one body in Christ!

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


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But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ.


What strikes me most today

What strikes me is the idea of becoming closer. There is usually some sacrifice that makes us feel closer to others - our parents who gave us life and sacrificed so much for our benefit; spouses, friends, and extended family/neighbors/co-workers who watch out for us and help us on our journey. It reminds me of George Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life. He sacrificed so often and so freely - saving his brother from drowning, giving up his personal wealth to save his neighbors, and jumping in after Clarence, the drowning Guardian Angel. George Bailey helps me understand how we "who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ" - the greatest sacrifice of all!

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Monday, June 28, 2010

Ephesians 2:6-7

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(God) raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus,
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that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

What strikes me most today

The immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. How much we love God and God loves us was very evident to me when I witnessed Sr. Emi Magnificat renewing her vows. She has been an awesome witness for me because she does not live a life of suffering and sacrifice and misery - she is one of the happiest, joy-filled, fun-loving person I know. She has taught me that God wants us to be happy on Earth and in Eternity. If we try our best to take part in the Sacraments and grow in our relationship with the Blessed Trinity through Christ and His Church, we will find that joy in this world and the next.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Ephesians 2:4-5

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But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us,
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even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved)

What strikes me most today

The God of Mercy brought us to life with Christ. Jesus is the Divine Mercy in whom we trust. This Mercy is the grace we need to be saved.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Ephesians 1:22-23

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And he put all things beneath his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,
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which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.

What strikes me most today

The Church is the body of Christ. We have to remember this. I've just started reading the book Fatherless by Brian Gail. I'm not very far in it, but the main character is a good young priest dealing with the human members who make up the Church on earth. But the book already tries to make clear that the Church is Christ's Church, His body, even though it must be run by very human people. So, even when mistakes are made, it does not decrease the reality that the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church is the Body of Christ.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

Ephesians 1:11-12


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In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the one who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,
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so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ.

What strikes me most today

I love the idea that we were chosen and destined. It reinforces the sanctity of all human life. I love the Umbert the Unborn Cartoons. I posted one of my favorites above. From conception to natural death, all life exists for the praise of God's glory!

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Galatians 6:14

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But may I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

What strikes me most today

The idea of "the world being crucified to me" is what strikes me most today. It is so easy for me to become caught up in worldly things. I know that this life on Earth is so incredibly brief when compared with Eternity. I also know that God wants us to enjoy this life - but that enjoyment has to be a joy-filled existence moving toward God. If it is too worldly and pleasure-seeking and self-centered, I risk moving away from the God who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life - and jeopardize my salvation. The times I have chosen Christ have been the times I do find real joy and even true freedom. Then there are times I thought I was seeking freedom by doing what I wanted even though it went against a Commandment or Church teaching, and I could see that was ultimately leading to slavery and death. Even the cross seems like something to avoid, but that is where we find Christ. I certainly don't search out crosses in my life - enough come along with being human. But when crosses come along, I try to embrace it as Christ did and offer it up for Christ - it makes those crosses easier to bear, and clarifies the picture of Heaven just down the road!

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Galatians 6:9-10

9 Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up.
10 So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all, but especially to those who belong to the family of the faith."

What strikes me most today

"let us do good to all, but especially to those who belong to the family of the faith." This is why I love being a Pauline Cooperator and doing what I can to help the Daughters of St. Paul and all the Pauline Family. I receive much more from them than I can ever offer them. Right now, they are praying a Novena to St. Paul for all of our intentions. The video above is less than 6 minutes, but it is worth the time - Sr. Julia and Sr. Anne are singing Novena prayers to St. Paul on our behalf.
St. Paul, Pray for Us!

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Galatians 6:2

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Bear one another's burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ.

What strikes me most today

This quote seems perfect for Father's Day - After I became a father, I realized just how much my dad loved me and sacrificed for me, and bore my burdens for me as much as he could. He was a great example of Fatherhood for me!

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Friday, June 18, 2010

John Lennon - Jealous Guy

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Galatians 5:26

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Let us not be conceited, provoking one another, envious of one another.

What strikes me most today

Envy. Jealousy is such an easy trap to fall into. We all have crosses to bear, so we assume others have it much better than we do. I remember a priest saying that we shouldn't compare ourselves to others, because God doesn't compare us to others - we should focus on our own personal relationship with God. Even at our Judgment, there's no comparing, like "I'm not as bad as _______."
John Lennon's song "Jealous Guy" reminds me of how foolish it is to be jealous. He apologizes in the song for hurting someone due to jealousy. And I think how short John Lennon's life was. No matter how long a life we are given, I need to avoid wasting time on jealousy!

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010





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For the flesh has desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you may not do what you want.

What strikes me most today

I heard a talk by Sr. Helena Burns last year, and I finally got TOB (Theology of the Body). In the context of TOB, St. Paul's words in Galatians 5:17 now make total sense to me. In the past I would have read this as flesh=body=bad and Spirit=soul=good. But God didn't create us as good souls trapped in bad bodies; He created us as individuals - body and soul. THAT is who we are. So now I see the Spirit as the Spirit of God, representing purity, agape, and gift. This Spirit of Christ did not turn me against or away from sex, but encouraged it as an awesome gift within my marriage that resulted in Jeff Jr, Elizabeth, John, Tom, and Anne Marie. The flesh, on the other hand, is the tendency that we (body and soul) can have to use sex as a selfish, self-serving, lifeless act, completely opposed to the Spirit of the flesh. So St. Paul's message is that much more vital for us - because the flesh and the Spirit are directly opposed to one another, and the choice we make has consequences in this life and in Eternity.

In light of all this, what strikes me most today is: GIFT! Thank you, God, for Your AWESOME GIFT of LIFE!

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010 - Braveheart Freedom Speech

Monday, June 14, 2010

Galatians 5:1

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For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.

What strikes me most today

This line reminds me of the "Freedom" speech in Braveheart - one of my all time favorite movies. The 90 second clip is posted above.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Galatians 4:13-14


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you know that it was because of a physical illness that I originally preached the gospel to you,
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and you did not show disdain or contempt because of the trial caused you by my physical condition, but rather you received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus.

What strikes me most today

What was St. Paul's physical illness? Was it the blindness? I always thought he did not start preaching until after his vision was restored. Perhaps his eyes still looked different? I have also heard people speculate that he may have stuttered or had a lisp or some other speech impediment, as he mentions his terrible speaking ability.
And was this thorn in his flesh the same thing as this physical illness? I'm trying to find out; does anyone have any thoughts or ideas or additional information?

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Galatians 4:6-7

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God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!"
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So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

What strikes me most today

I love the image of a child of God. It reminds me that all my worries about work, family, finances, etc. are all things I didn't worry about as a child, and if I'm a child of God, I really shouldn't be overly worried now - I just need to keep praying for God to be in charge and for me to listen (that's the hard part!)
By the way, does anybody else think this picture of Jesus looks a little like Andrea Bocelli (maybe it's just me because I really like Andrea Bocelli)!

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We Are One Body

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010

Galatians 3:28


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There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

What strikes me most today

I love this thought; our differences disappear. We are all one; we are one body.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Corinthians 3:23-27


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Before faith came, we were held in custody under law, confined for the faith that was to be revealed.
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Consequently, the law was our disciplinarian for Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
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But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a disciplinarian.
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For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus.
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For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

What strikes me most today

Our faith is not a set of laws, it is a person, Jesus Christ, the Divine Master, the Way, the Truth, and the Life!!! Thank God!!!

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Galatians 2:20


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yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me.

What strikes me most today

2 things:
1. I printed all of Galatians 2:20 - the first half is the famous quote, but I really love the second half along with it.
2. I don't think I'll ever get a tattoo (like today's photo), but Galatians 2:20 would be a strong consideration if I ever decide to get one!

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Galatians 1:10


"Am I now currying favor with human beings or God? Or am I seeking to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ."

What strikes me most today

"Doulos" is the Greek word for a slave. And we know, we must serve someone. Whom will we choose to serve? Human beings in our life? Satan (whom we choose whenever we choose sin)? Or will we serve God? As for me, I choose to be a slave for Christ (which, ironically, gives us the greatest freedom when we choose this). We would be lost and miserable if we choose to serve human beings or Satan.
Whom do you choose to serve?

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"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

Pauline Prayer Book for our Haitian Brothers and Sisters

Be Not Afraid

Be Not Afraid
"Fear not, I am with you. From here I want to enlighten. Atone for sin."

Daughters of St. Paul

Daughters of St. Paul
Evangelizing the World!

New faith and family friendly video sharing

New faith and family friendly video sharing
Great Pauline Video Sharing Site

Why?

Why a blog? Why St. Paul? Why do I think I have any business doing this?
We are all on a spiritual journey. We all want that journey to lead us to heaven, to eternity with God. For this journey, we need one another.
The journey so far has led me to read and learn about so many forms of authentic Catholic spirituality - Ignatian, Benedictine, Carmelite, Dominican, Franciscan, etc. My biggest problem was that I came to love each one tremendously. I began reading more and more, spending more and more time at the Daughters of St. Paul bookstore on Watson Road here in St. Louis. Who would have thought my greatest conversion story would take place in a bookstore? Mine was not quite as sudden or dramatic as St. Paul on the road to Damascus, but getting to know the Daughters of St. Paul affected me no less significantly.
The sisters are Eucharistic by nature. The first time I entered the chapel in their bookstore, the Blessed Sacrament was exposed and one of the sisters was on her knees, gazing at Christ, with an indescribably beautiful smile on her face. I had a glimpse of heaven. I knelt at one of the other kneelers and noticed on the wall behind the monstrance the words: "Fear not, I am with you. From here I want to enlighten. Atone for sin." I had that brief moment of absolute certainty that I was on the right path.
Over the last several years I have worked my way through as many books, CD's, DVD's and conversations with the Daughters of St. Paul that time has allowed. Time is at such a premium for all of us. Years ago we were told that with advances in technology we would have much more free time on our hands. We all know this has not been the case. Our lives are busier and more hectic than ever. Even if we are unable to find time to read good books, see enlightening movies or attend lectures and discussions, maybe we could all spend a little time on the internet supporting one another on our faith journeys. Many of you know more about many aspects of Catholic spirituality than I do.
Pope John Paul the Great called us all to a New Evangelization, to share the Gospel with the world. I am hoping we can all be St. Paul in this blog space by sharing Christ with one another and with others. St. Paul travelled to many foreign and often hostile regions to evangelize the world; we are fortunate to be able to use the internet to reach even farther and more quickly.
The idea of using today's means of social communication to spread the Gospel was given to Blessed James Alberione on the night between the centuries (December 31, 1900 - January 1, 1901). He was a 16 year-old seminary student adoring Christ in the Blessed Sacrament when a special light came to him from the Host. Following this, Blessed James Alberione became the founder of the Society of St. Paul priests, the Daughters of St. Paul, the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master, Sisters of Jesus the Good Shepherd, Sisters of the Queen of Apostles, and numerous institutes that are also part of the Pauline family.
So what is Pauline spirituality? In my experience, Pauline spirituality encompasses all the teachings of Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and love of all the other spiritualities and Saints of the Church. It is the members of the Pauline family who are the happiest people I know! It is loving God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit with all our hearts and souls, through the intercession of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, and St. Paul.
So why St. Paul? I can relate to St. Paul. We first meet him in the New Testament as a sinner. He has a thorn in his side that God decides is best not to take away. I sometimes wish I knew what that thorn was, but it's probably better I don't know. I like to pretend it is one of my many weaknesses or faults. If St. Paul could go from persecuting Christ and His Church to becoming the person responsible for spreading the Gospel and establishing the Church in foreign lands, the least I can do is start a blog. I have been especially inspired by my two favorite bloggers, Sr. Margaret Charles Kerry, fsp, and a Pauline Cooperator named Rae Stabosz. I believe Sr. Margaret and Rae are doing just what St. Paul and Blessed James Alberione would be doing with the internet.
In future blogs (which will be shorter than this first post!), I would like to share writings of St. Paul, Blessed James Alberione, and many others. I look forward to others sharing writings from other Catholic spiritualities and writers. An especially Pauline way of sharing is to point out to one another what aspects particularly speak to each of us.
Another Pauline trait is to pray for one another. My prayer is that we support one another on our path to holiness. Our goal is to glorify God in all that we do - so let's do it!