Friar’s Corner: Our special joy? Praying the prayer Jesus taught

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Genesis 18:20-32; Ps 138:1-3, 6-8; Colossians 2:12-14; Luke 11:1-13

Please continue to pray daily a Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the conversion of our country. And continue to pray for the conversion of all terrorists and a greater outpouring of God’s merciful love on all his children on earth. Thank you in Jesus holy Name.

In Biblical times the rabbis and John the Baptist had a core of about twelve men that they formed in prayer and life. The gospel text of St. Luke today shows Jesus following the same tradition. I shall stay focused on St. Luke’s version of the “Our Father.” I shall give you the text, which is slightly different from St. Matthew’s version. Continue reading

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Got Joy? Latest posts 7-22-16

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  • Find a Real Friend in JesusNancy interviews author Gary Zimak, “I’m totally confident that if whoever is listening to me speak or reading my books starts talking to Jesus, I know that the Lord is going to come through.”
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Find a Real Friend in Jesus

FindRealFriendJesusBookWhile interviewing Gary Zimak about his new book, Find a Real Friend in Jesus: Ten Amazingly Easy Steps, I found a fascinating backstory of how a conversion experience propelled him into a career as a full-time Catholic evangelist.

Nancy: How did God guide you to a career as a Catholic evangelist rather than another career?

Gary: As you know I speak a lot about overcoming anxiety. One of the things about me is that I’m not the bravest person in the world. I’ve never been someone who wanted to be in business for myself. I always wanted the bi-weekly paycheck. These are not the qualities that a full-time evangelist would typically have.

After my conversion took place in 2004, I started wanting to get more involved in my parish. As I learned more about the Lord, I said, “I gotta share this with other people.” I got involved with my parish and started to teach catechism classes. Continue reading

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Featured Favorite: Tonic Soup and spiritual warfare

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In the classic spiritual warfare struggle between good and evil, the Genesis account of Joseph and his brothers shows how God’s power far surpasses Satan’s. Joseph’s jealous brothers sold him into slavery, yet that’s how their tribe was able to survive the famine. When God saved the family from starvation and reunited them, Joseph told his brothers, Even though you meant harm to me, God meant it for good, to achieve this present end.” (Gen 50:20).

Today, the enemy still tries to manipulate our thoughts and circumstances to harm us, while God redeems our circumstances for good.  In his Manual for Spiritual Warfare, Paul Thigpen explains, “The ordinary activity of demons is subtle and occurs within our thought life. . . . . Demons may also have a role in arranging circumstances around us in a way that leads to certain thoughts.” Here’s how it worked in our home recently.

My husband Phil was ill from flu-like symptoms for several days. I asked him what he felt like eating, perhaps his standard chicken rice soup? He gave me the recipe for Tonic Soup from a doctor he trusts for advice on natural health supplements. The recipe listed exotic healing vegetables and herbs, some unfamiliar to me.

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Friars Corner: Our greatest blessing? Closeness to Jesus!

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Genesis 18:1-10a; Ps 15:2-5; Colossians 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42

(Please continue to pray daily a Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the conversion of our country back to its Jewish-Christian principles. Also continue to pray for the conversion of all terrorists and the “hot spots” of the world, especially in France and Turkey. It only takes 5 minutes. Thank you in Jesus holy Name.

The Genesis story today about Abraham and his three guests reminds me of our guardian angels who were sent by God to accompany us through our earthly journey. We don’t have to give them anything. They are pure spirits who don’t need food. They are there to protect and guide us always. Praise God! Continue reading

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Got Joy? Latest posts 7-15-16

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  • Joy Stories: Embracing the cross – by Lisa Nicholas – Like Simon of Cyrene, I did not choose the cross that weighed so heavily on me, but in carrying it, I found myself with Jesus close beside me.
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Joy Stories: Embracing the Cross

Lisa Nicholas

Lisa Nicholas

By Lisa Nicholas

In my parish church, we have a set of hand-carved Stations of the Cross that we purchased from Taiwan thirty years ago. In those days we couldn’t afford much, so parishioners were encouraged to “buy” one station. I chose to pay for the Fifth Station, where Simon of Cyrene is compelled to carry the Cross of Jesus. I still think of it as my Station, not because I helped pay for it, but because it illustrates the nature of my relationship with the Lord. It reminds me of the events that first helped me understand the words of Blessed Charles de Foucauld: “The more we embrace the Cross, the more we become one with Jesus.”

Those events occurred toward the end of my second year of doctoral studies at the University of Iowa. It had been a bleak time, despite the high expectations with which I had begun my graduate studies, and not only because of the seemingly endless blizzards that swept Iowa. I found that both faculty and students in the Comparative Literature program regarded me with hostility after learning that I was a believing Christian and a practicing Catholic — things that they deemed incompatible with authentic intellectual achievement. One classmate, Tim, liked to buy me drinks and, as soon as I was befuddled with liquor, grill me about “how such an intelligent person could believe so much crap.” I couldn’t explain why I believed; I only knew that I did. His constant badgering, however, made me begin to doubt my faith. Continue reading

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Transform your marriage with ‘Intimate Graces’

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Do you know that practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy can transform your marriage? This premise of Intimate Graces holds fast in delightful and touching stories with realistic solutions.

The marriage of co-authors Teresa Tomeo (Pastore) and Deacon Dominick Pastore reigns triumphant after a few tumultuous detours. Their experiences, and those of several other couples, provide a rich background of varied stories that prove the tenets of Intimate Graces, how practicing the works of mercy brings out the best in marriage.

God meant marriage to fulfill our longing for love and acceptance that comes from being fully and truly known. Do we realize that “Feed the Hungry” means identifying and responding to our spouse’s deepest longings? And that bringing intimacy with Christ into our relationship is the key? Through self-sacrifice, we can feed the hungry heart of our spouse.

The Samaritan woman at the well shows us how the unconditional love of Jesus began her transformation into holiness. Couples “Quench the Parched” by partaking of the waters that refresh and renew their love. It is Christ

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