Facing Our Shadow

I have wondered over the years why there is so much suffering. The Fathers of the Church and many Theologians have pondered this question over the centuries. The great C.S. Lewis wrote books on it.[1] What I’ve learned about suffering from the Fathers of the Eastern Church[2] is that in the beginning, humanity was created…

The Two Instructions of Jesus

There are two instructions given to us by Jesus that should guide us in our spiritual life; to love God with our entire being to love ourselves and our neighbor  By following these instructions Jesus told us that we would fulfill all the Commandments of God. Jesus said; “You shall love the Lord your God…

Thoughts on Pope Benedict XVI

As a Roman Catholic, I have a deep respect for Pope Benedict XVI. He was a man who became caught in the crossroads of two epochs. He was a man formed in the old Roman Catholic church, that is in the pre - Vatican II church and he came of age and was ordained in…

The Way of Jesus

Jesus knew human suffering and understood our weaknesses. He knew the struggles that humans face every day as they faced the trials and challenges of their lives and He showed us a new way. Jesus, as a teacher, healer and guide wandered the countryside of Palestine preaching the good news of the Kingdom, healing the…

Has There Been A Shift?

The other morning my wife said to me that she felt there has been a shift of some kind in the world and she couldn’t put her finger on it or explain the feeling but something has changed. Since our conversation I have been thinking about what she said. Look at all that happened since…

Loneliness and Aloneness

Our world today is hung up on activity. If people are not busy with something, they become bored with their life. As a result, they become lonely. Loneliness is one of the most universal sources of human suffering today. But by trying to avoid loneliness, we find ourselves living in a state of memory loss…

The Call

Over the history of the church there has been numerous “charisms” or “ways of life.” The older orders of the Benedictines, the Franciscans, the Carmelites, and the Dominicans as well as the Jesuits have been the bulwarks of Christendom over the past centuries but it seems that they have lost something deep in their souls…

THE JESUS PRAYER

The challenge we find ourselves today is how do we achieve inner stillness is a society that promotes useless and mindless activities and noise? “In a world of noise, confusion, and conflict it is necessary that there be places of silence, inner discipline, and peace. In such places love can blossom.”[1] The way I achieve…

Rise Up… Now is the Time to Resist

I am writing this article for those Catholic men and women who are still faithful to Jesus Christ and His Magisterium. Who still pray the rosary and have a devotion to our Blessed Lady. And, who still believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. I know that these Catholic men and…