This was an Advent By Candlelight Reflection given at St. Norbert Parish in Florissant, MO. The reading for the Prayer Service was John 15:11-17. This past fall, the day before school started, I had speaking engagement in New York. I flew out of Lambert at 5:00 am, arrived in New York, was driven… Continue reading Advent By Candlelight Reflection on Joy
Anyone who knows me knows that I cannot stand pop music. Unfortunately pop music is so ingrained in our culture however; it is simply impossible to avoid it. My great dislike of pop music gives me a strong abhorrence to pop concerts. Over the past few years I have had the… Continue reading The Love Promised by Pop Stars is Already Ours
A Brief Reflection on Mt 26:36-46 for Eucharistic Adoration Presented to the Young Adults of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Immediately before our Lord was handed over to endure His passion, He asked His closest apostles to keep watch with Him. Having already received Jesus’ body and blood, at the Last Supper… Continue reading The Essential Link Between Adoration and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: A Brief Reflection.
In recent times there seems to be a renewed discussion about the benefits of a living will. While many people praise the living will most medical ethicists advise against them. A closer look at living wills makes it clear that while on paper a living will seems like a great idea… Continue reading Living Will; An Ethical Dilemma
Our Lord, in his last seven sayings provides a deep wellspring for our meditation. He lays out for us a deep insight into the 7 sacraments. When meditated on individually and then together as a whole they provide us with an opportunity to hear Christ speaking to us, to hear Him encouraging and showing us… Continue reading Lenten Reflection on the 7 Last Words of Christ: Conclusion
Our Lord in his last saying “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit” speaks of the focal point of marriage. The vows made in marriage are the complete giving over of oneself to the other in complete trust and faithfulness. Without free consent there is no marriage. Marriage requires the free giving of the… Continue reading Lenten Reflection on the 7 Last Words of Christ: “Into thy Hands.”
Our Lord continues His teaching on marriage with His saying “I am thirsty.” On a physical level a natural satiation is fulfilled in marriage. A purely natural sexual desire is consecrated through marriage and raised to the level of a sacred act. Out of this sacred act Christ blesses the couple by allowing them the… Continue reading Lenten Reflection on the 7 Last Words of Christ: “I am Thristy.”