Friars Corner: Let us praise and worship Jesus, our Light and Salvation

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Isaiah 45:1, 4-6; Ps 96:1, 3-5, 7-10; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b; Matthew 22:15-21

As I sit to write these thoughts I ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten me to help you. Since these thoughts go viral, I don’t know who will be reading this but hope we shall be together in heaven.

My thoughts this weekend float to the Responsorial Psalm 96. It is so beautiful. As I think of that Psalm, I am drawn to an old hymn that I so loved by Robert Call. I often sing a song asking God to bless all of us and not just myself. The song goes like this:

Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus.
To reach out and touch him and say that we love him.
Open our ears, Lord, and help us to listen.
Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus.

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Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 10-20-17

One Sunday in Galilee: Stilling the Tempest

 

Feedspot honors my favorite blogs

 

Friars Corner: Jesus, our Shepherd, invites us to his abundant life

 

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One Sunday in Galilee: Stilling the Tempest

Jesus Stilling the Tempest by James Tissot (WikiCommons)

Jesus Stilling the Tempest by James Tissot (WikiCommons)

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My journal entry continues describing one Sunday in 1988 on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Last month I wrote about Mass in Galilee, celebrated in Aramaic and Arabic, the closest language to that which Jesus spoke.

After Mass at St. George Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Ibillin with Fr. Chacour, our lunch at a Kibbutz was St. Peter’s fish, found only in the Sea of Galilee. We looked forward to the boat trip across the Sea of Galilee, as a peaceful time of reflection, sailing to the middle of the lake. From there we would see many of the places where Jesus taught and lived around the lake. In quiet meditation, we might imagine him walking on water or preaching from Peter’s boat. Continue reading

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Feedspot honors my favorite blogs

Feedspot is out with its ranking of best read Catholic blogs, a prestigious list. Feedspot ranks these blogs based on following criteria

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

Congratulations to five blogs I post in, that have promoted my Sharing Your Faith Story DVD or authors who have posted on JoyAlive.net that made the list:

#15 CatholicMom.com. I’ve been writing for Lisa Hendey for five years, including four chapters in The Catholic Mom Prayer Companion, published last year by Ave Maria Press.

#41 SpiritualDircction.com. This blog of Dan Burke’s has published several of my posts, including book reviews and spiritual warfare.

#71 Joy of nine9. Melanie Jean Juneau promoted my Sharing Your Faith Story DVD when it was launched and posted A Physical Healing? Really? on JOYAlive.net.

#91 VirginiaLieto.com. Virginia’s witness The Leap of Faith is featured on JOYAlive.net, where her blog was featured when she reviewed my Sharing Your Faith Story DVD. Her lovely children’s book, Finding Patience was featured in a post I authored on both CatholicWritersGuild.com and JOYAlive.net.

#97 Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. A network blog edited by Melanie Jean Juneau, which I have participated in over many years.

To see how your favorite blogs rank, check here:

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Friars Corner: Jesus, our Shepherd, invites us to his abundant life

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Isaiah 25:6-10a; Ps 23:1-6; Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20; Matthew 22:1-10

Holy Spirit, please enlighten our the eyes of our mind to see how Jesus, our Shepherd, leads us to your truth, vision and clarity. God sent his Son into our world to correct the misdirection of our lives and world. Through Jesus and their Holy Spirit, they want to provide for us and keep us going in the right direction to happiness forever in heaven. 

Wednesday night I finished guiding a small group of deacon candidates and other disciples of Jesus in the Gospel of St. John and the Book of Revelation. In the Gospel, John shows us Jesus gathering, healing and teaching students about the good news and empowering them as missionaries for the world. Continue reading

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Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 10-13-17

Joy Stories: Finding Jesus In My Life

Mary and the secret to evangelization

Friars Corner: Collecting God’s treasures to bear his fruit

 

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Joy Stories: Finding Jesus In My Life

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 the past, I’ve had fleeting times and moments of contemplating if there was a God. Was there really this Jesus Man-God that walked the earth some 2000 years ago? I was always able, though, to see those moments of uncertainty as just a passing thought and again concluded that God and Jesus were in fact real.

Sometimes it took hard lessons learned to regain my faith in Jesus. For example, in the winter of my sophomore year at college, I stopped going to church. It was scary. Those three months turned out to be the worst, most lonely, and darkest time in my life as the glitter of the world displaced God. It was not until I rediscovered the gift of the Mass and Eucharist that spring that the joy again replaced the darkness. Continue reading

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Friars Corner: Collecting God’s treasures to bear his fruit

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Isaiah 5:1-7; Ps 80:9, 12-16, 19-20; Philippians 4:6-9; Matthew 21:33-43

Holy Spirit, please guide us to your truth, vision and clarity. God created the world good and gave it to the first humans that he put in his beautiful and productive garden. Yet the sneaky snake told the first lie and took Adam and Even in the wrong direction. There was a punishment then and they lost the personal relationship with God each evening and the beauty of the Garden of Eden.

God was not happy with that outcome and kept making new covenants with humanity trying to redirect humanity. Finally God send his Son to speak to us in the human personage of Jesus Christ. But the “dark side” controlling most of the world especially the Jewish religious leaders in Jerusalem put God’s Son to death on the cross. What seem like the end God turned around for his good purpose. Continue reading

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