Friars Corner: Jesus calls us to love, not destroy

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Ezekiel 33:7-9; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; Rom 13:8-10; Matthew 18:15-20

Dear Holy Spirit, enlighten our minds to know God’s will for us and give us your power to do our part to help make the world better.

This Sunday’s gospel is particularly difficult to understand and put into practice. None of us are perfect and therefore we do not live in a perfect family, parish, country or world. Yet how does our behavior help make things better for ourselves and those around us especially our family? If we can be better persons then those around us can be better. Good behavior helps create good behavior. We can look in a mirror first. Where do I need to improve? Continue reading

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A Ray of Hope in Harvey’s Storm

One Sunday in Galilee: Mass in the words Jesus spoke

Friars Corner: Holy Spirit, help us pray like our house is on fire!

 

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A Ray of Hope in Harvey’s Storm

John Chomistek, author of “I Have Come To Set The Earth On Fire.”

John Chomistek, author of “I Have Come To Set The Earth On Fire.”

By John Chomistek

In light of this past week’s tragedy and all the people in Southern Texas that suddenly find themselves on new ground – in dire need – I wanted to add this post. The key to this message is, don’t be shy to accept someone else’s charity, even if it feels humbling to your heart. 

First, you need it. Regardless how comfortable you have lived in the past, how much charity you have shared with others in need, it is your turn now. Realize you are in need and accept any charity that comes your way. 

Secondly, the givers of the charitable items need you as much as you need them. It is their chance to perform a Corporal Work of Mercy, to have God heap graces on the both of you as charity is shared and accepted. Continue reading

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One Sunday in Galilee: Mass in the words Jesus spoke

Mosaic of Last Supper of Jesus by Giacomo Raffaelli from year 1816 as copy of Leonardo da Vinci (DollarPhotoClub)

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An entry in my travel journal describes one Sunday in Galilee in 1988 on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by John Michael Talbot. As it does now, the world churned in turmoil with war surrounding the holy sites.

Sunday, March 20, 1988, was a day of connecting to the Christians in the Holy Land and to the Lord. On our way to Mass with the local Christians of Ibillin, in Galilee, we saw our first signs of war: armed khaki-clad street soldiers and transport vehicles full of soldiers. Something we have never had to bear. Among the many olive trees stood burnt out houses, some abandoned and some occupied. Continue reading

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Friars Corner: Holy Spirit, help us pray like our house is on fire!

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Jeremiah 20:7-9; Ps 63:2,6, 8-9; Romans 12:1-2; Mt 16:21-27

Come Holy Spirit, enlighten our minds to know God’s will for us and set us on fire to take our part.

The Sunday gospels usually follow in order. Early in chapter 16 Jesus confronted the Pharisees and Sadducees about their “fake news” teaching. Jesus then left them abruptly.

After disembarking at the other side of the lake, Jesus asked his disciples who people said that he was. Inspired by God, our Father, Peter answered that Jesus was “The Son of the living God!”

I have found through reflection and experience that we come to know Jesus and his mission personally by reading what the gospels tell us, and the graces of Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Continue reading

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Joy Stories: ‘Jesus loves me’

God’s Gift of Your Body

Friars Corner: The joy of personally knowing Jesus Christ

 

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Joy Stories: ‘Jesus loves me’

Jesus, child and Holy Spirit by ChristianaDesigns79 (Photobucket)

Jesus, child and Holy Spirit by ChristianaDesigns79 (Photobucket)

by Linda Schubert

I spent my early childhood years on my grandmother’s 2400-acre ranch high up in the Santa Lucia mountain range along the Northern California coast between Monterey and Big Sur. My early education was in a one-room school on the coast with 15 students, six grades in one room.

Dad, Charlie Vander Ploeg, was an atheist and the son of generations of Dutch atheists. He was deeply resistant to the word of God. Mom had encountered Christ as a student at San Jose State College in California, but because of the difficult family dynamics, my sister, Cherrill, and I were not raised in a Christian home. 

My only “catechism” growing up was the little children’s song, “Jesus loves me.” There were many sunny afternoons on a rope swing hanging from an ancient oak tree, when I would push high into the trees, back and forth, singing, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong, they are weak, but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so.” Jesus himself, through that anointed little song was planting seeds of God’s love in my heart. Continue reading

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God’s Gift of Your Body

Happy Friends in Summertime by Yanlev (Dollarphotoclub.com)

Happy Friends in Summertime by Yanlev (Dollarphotoclub.com)

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Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? (1 Cor 6: 19)

The Temple was the holiest of all places for the Jews because God dwelt there. Now they hear the incredible news that their bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit where God dwells. How humbling! And mind-boggling. How transforming for them, and now for us. Now, can we keep the same old attitude toward ourselves and others, knowing he truly dwells within us? Now, can we remain in our old ways of talking, acting and sinning?

Your body is a living temple of the Holy Spirit, unique and unrepeatable from that of anyone else. Your body is God’s gift to you, a one-of-a-kind reflection of his nature. Continue reading

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