A Father’s Faith

Good Friday

April 22nd, 2011

Let us focus our eyes today, not on the computer screens in front of us, but instead on the cross of Christ. Let us take time to reflect on all that he endured for us—-the pain, the ridicule, the torture. And then, let us prepare our hearts to receive Him on Easter Sunday.

Lent is nearing an end. The death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior is approaching. Good Friday is just a week away, and then two days later, the Glorious Resurrection on Easter. Its a good time to reflect on our Lenten journey.

Are You Sterile?

April 8th, 2011

I got a new book in the mail yesterday. I received a copy of St. Josemaria Escriva’s “The Way”, “Furrow”, and “The Forge” in a one volume edition. I haven’t had a chance to dive into and read it yet, but I did flip through it. The first sentence of “The Way” stopped me in my tracks. It really convicted me….

Be Merciful, Lord

April 1st, 2011

How do we ask for mercy? How do we approach God in prayer? I believe that the first thing we need to do is approach God with a heart of humility. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells this parable…

Educating your children in the faith starts in the home

Many of you know that I work as a full time youth minister. Over the years, I have had many people tell me that what I do is very hard work and they don’t envy the job that I have. At first, I didn’t understand. I was on fire with the Spirit and excited about sharing the truths of our Church and encourage them to have a personal relationship with God. I love my job. I enjoy spending time with the teens each week. I enjoy sharing my faith with them and encouraging them in their own faith.

After being in youth ministry for nearly 3 years now, I am beginning to see where some of these people are coming from when they say they don’t envy what I do. Yet I have a feeling that the difficulties I have are not the ones that they envision.

A Wise Investment

March 18th, 2011

Long term investments often pay off better than short term ones

I spent a few years working as a financial advisor. I would have clients come into my office and tell me about a guy at the office who made a lot of money off of a high risk investment. They would tell me that they wanted some of the same investment or something like it. I would respond with…

Gaining the strength to resist temptation with the help of angels and saints.

This Sunday, we hear about the temptation of Jesus after fasting for 40 days. Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert so that he could endure the same temptations that we face every day.

A Gospel understanding of the difference between “worrying” and “doing.”
In the gospel last Sunday, we heard “therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear.” It was all about trusting in God–about not worrying about your needs. God will provide for us everything I need. My diocese, whether intentionally or unintentionally, decided to choose last Sunday as “commitment Sunday” for the Diocesan Annual Appeal. At first glance, it seems as these two things are in direct opposition to each other. On the one hand, we have Jesus in the gospel telling us not to worry about tomorrow, and on the other hand we have my pastor telling us to give money to the diocese. It could be seen that the diocese is “worrying about tomorrow”.[…]

Lenten Sacrifices

February 25th, 2011

On why we sacrifice during Lent.
Lent starts in less than two weeks. This is the time of year where millions of Catholics are trying to decide what they are willing to sacrifice for 40 days. Are you willing to give up chocolate? Television? Candy? Beer? Facebook? (Oh NOO! Not Facebook!)

When I was a kid I hated Lent. I hated trying to figure out what I was going to give up. I hated having to give something up. I never remembered to abstain from meat on Fridays. It always seemed that 2 or 3 weeks into Lent, I gave up on my Lenten sacrifice and started eating chocolate or playing video games or doing whatever it was that I gave up that year. And then I spent the rest of Lent feeling guilty while I indulged in chocolate bar after chocolate bar. I was grateful when Easter came along and I could rid myself of the guilt I carried around for weeks. I could enjoy life again. […]

Mass is not about being entertained.

Over and over again I hear complaints about the Mass. Being a Youth Minister for two parishes in my diocese, this is particularly apparent from the teens I work with.
Over and over again I hear complaints about the Mass. Being a Youth Minister for two parishes in my diocese, this is particularly apparent from the teens I work with.

“Mass is boring.”
“The music is too old fashioned.”
“The priest can’t relate to me.”
“It’s too long.”
“There are too many old people. It smells like a nursing home.” (Yes, I actually got that comment from one of the teens. And yes, it’s true. Mass does smell like a nursing home here. I live in Florida, heaven’s waiting room.) […]