Getting it “Right”

Church Set Free

Back in the day, at the beginnings of my ministry life, but far enough along where I’d begun to question my own “omniscience”, I was privileged to intern under a very gifted teacher. I was quite driven, quite passionate, to “get it all right”. I wanted to be perfect, to make no mistakes, to minister the “right” way, with the touch, finesse, and wisdom I saw among so many of my elders.

(Been there? Remember those days?)

From time to time, more frequently than I care to remember, I fell short of this self-imposed standard. I came away from an encounter realizing that while it was “mostly right”, it “could have been better”. One or another place there had been a lack of grace, an injection of ego, or impatience, or my own content and wisdom rather than inspiration. These places would highlight in aftermoments, like “worn spots” or “scuffs”…

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God loves each of us – Time for agape



Humanity has a tendency to focus on differences. Tall, short, skinny, stout, or different in skin color, we are all equal in human dignity. God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit see each one of us through Their lens of love. God created us for love – agape. His desire for each of us is to love one another, with this love often being demonstrated in the simplest ways. It is time to make the first move.

This is My commandment: love one another as I love you (Jn 15:12).

A Saturday trip to the Farmer’s Market brings with it an opportunity to mix with people of varying levels of energy and diverse backgrounds and histories. This hot July morning is no different. The market, nestled in the shade of oak trees and tents, brings a certain vibrancy and openness to it that relaxes people as they gather. Walking…

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The Cross – Hope for all humanity



The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ is perhaps one of the most moving meditations upon whicha personcan embark. Some people find themselves profoundly moved by the humility of Our Lord during His Passion, Crucifixion and death. Other people are horrified by the brutality that is possible to be perpetrated upon one Man by others. At times, during our journeys in life, many of usfind ourselves binding our suffering to the Cross. This day, the man feels called once again to this great meditation.

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (Jn 15:13).

Like most summer days in coastal Louisiana, the weather shifts from one extreme condition to the other. As the man leaves his home to run errands and make his way to the confessional in the Catholic church nearby, the temperature is rising toward a balmy 98 degrees. The bright green tee-shirt…

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The Long Reach of Saul Alinsky

Take 2

On Wednesday evening, EWTN debuted a docu-drama titled, “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.” It was about Saul Alinsky, a self-made radical and “community organizer.” His socialist influence took root in Chicago and has spread far and wide, to the point where many American politicians – and even some in the Church – have embraced and implemented his views. Fr. Mitch Pacwa joins Jerry and Debbie to unpack the views of this man and his far-flung influence. Don’t miss it!


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Admitting you’re wrong

All Along the Watchtower

Darkened mind

I have long admired Tom Holland’s writing, and following his Twitter feed is pleasure, but my regard for him has gone up even further as a result of reading his piece in the latest New Satesman – entitled Why I was wrong about ChristianityNow it is a rare enough thing to find anyone admitting they are wrong about anything, and it is rarer still to find the old ‘Staggers’ running a piece favourable to Christianity: so to find both together is a red letter day. Holland’s experience as he describes it, it not, I suspect atypical. Knowing little of the faith save what was floating around in the culture (which was not a lot) he found the arguments of Gibbon and the Enlightenment seers convincing enough:

I was more than ready to accept their interpretation of history: that the triumph of Christianity had ushered in an “age of…

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