We need to continue to do some form of penance on Friday’s because it reminds us of both our sinfulness and that Christ died on the Cross for those sins. This isn’t just during Lent, but all year long.
When we face our own sinfulness, failures, shortcomings etc. we can sometimes feel unworthy for Christ, so we want him to depart, to be far away from us. In actuality, it should be the exact opposite. We need to follow him because we are sinful, because we need his grace and his mercy. We need him not to depart, but to be close. He is close in the Eucharist.
One thing is to say we believe in something on an intellectual level. Another is to ask whether we are willing to die for that truth, like St. John the Baptist. What are we willing to die for? Even if we live in a place where that is not an immediate risk, we should still be striving for heaven.
My homily from this morning urging us to never to give up on anyone, thinking they are beyond God’s grace. Augustine’s conversion is amazing in itself. That he then went on to become one of the two greatest theologians ever shows us how God goes even further to use our gifts for good.
In my always curious insatiable way to try new ways and techniques of creating and posting content from my ministry. I attempted to record my homily from daily Mass this morning and share it on my YouTube channel.
To me playing around with different media techniques and programs is a way to express my journalistic zeal and combine it with my vocation to the priesthood. So the above is product of further experimentation.
Here’s my Sunday reflection on how BBQ is a metaphor for the spiritual life…Enjoy!
Here’s my Sunday reflection on greeting one another, a seemingly lost art in today’s world.
Here’s my reflection for this week’s Sunday readings in which I reflect upon the destruction of the veil of death and the hope of eternal life.
A reflection on today’s Gospel and what we can learn about ourselves and our relationship with God in terms of us being tenants as we hear in the parable.
Today the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul. He was influential in my faith formation through the service immersion trips I did in high school. It was there that I encountered Christ in the poor.
In addition to his love for the poor, he is known for his work forming priests. In that vain, I’d like to share a quote of his on the priesthood, which I have been reflecting upon today:
“We are chosen by God as instruments of his immense and fatherly love, which seeks to be established and to spread in souls…. Our vocation is therefore to go not to a parish, nor only to a bishopric, but to the whole world. To do what? To set peoples’ hearts on fire, to do what the Son of God did, he who came to bring fire to the world, to set it ablaze with his love. So it is true that I am sent not only to love God, but also to make him loved. It is not enough for me to love God, if my neighbour does not love him”
Please join me in encouraging young men to respond to the call of the priesthood. It’s a beautiful life. Please pray that I, and all priests may do out best to live out these words of St. Vincent de Paul.