"In those days, Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and He spent the night in prayer to God." Luke 6:12 This weekend I was on retreat with other deacons and deacon wives at the quiet and scenic Loyola on the Potomac, an event I have looked forward to each year. In military warfare, retreat is the turning away from the enemy in the face of perceived possible defeat, but to regroup, get reinforcements, and fight again. In business and other organizations, a retreat is going
When I woke up this morning, I felt some pain on my right big toe. I knew it was the start of another gout attack and so I asked myself what I had eaten that triggered it. Sure enough, it was the forbidden baked beans that I ate in the buffet restaurant yesterday at lunch. I made the decision to put some in my plate thinking it would not harm. Besides, it looked delicious. My excuse: eating in moderation. First time I am eating it in years and it's only a couple of spoonf
Sorry, Folks, But You Are Not God
At RCIA* last Saturday, our presenter, Mike M, talked about the Ten Commandments. He discussed how Moses received the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai and gave them to the Israelites written on two tablets of stone. Mike also explained each one of them briefly. It just made me realize more how much the Commandments have been met with breach more than the observance. Since the creation of man, people have been living either in accord with God's Commandments, or in viol
It's Not Simply Piety
The private high school I went to in my native country over fifty years ago was non-sectarian, but we were encouraged to practice our faith as Catholics, which most faculty members and students there were. In my high school we had a publication "The Silver Star." In one issue a student writer had an article which concluded with the words: " . . . and the pious went to Mass." During those times society and the world were not complicated. Conflict and division were rare and har
"Who Am I To You?"
(A Homily) The gospel reading for this Sunday describes the scene when Jesus was correctly identified by Peter as the long-awaited Messiah, and where He reveals His mission to suffer and die for the salvation of mankind. It also recounts Jesus describing what it entails to be a true follower of His. I would like to invite you to picture this scenario – You are there with Christ and His disciples. You have been walking with Him and listening to His preaching. And then you he
In These Dark and Tumultuous Times . . .
In these dark and perilous times, made darker by the scandal involving some unfaithful clergy, a sermon from a holy priest and great saint, Saint John Marie Vianney, who lived more than 230 years ago, comes like a ray of light piercing the darkness. We need all our priests and bishops without exception to be faithful to their vocation and be holy so they can be examples to us of how to live holy lives . . . in this dark and perilous world where forces of good and evil are at
Happy Birthday, Mother Mary!
Today is the birthday of our Blessed Mother. Today I post an edited version of a blog I wrote in May 2017. At the end of this post I added a video of Father Corapi on why we honor and love Mama Mary. This says it all: "If Mary is good enough for Jesus, she is good enough for me." Mary brings us to Jesus! I have 2 friends whose names are both "John M." Both are in their early 80s. And both of them had something to do with a Lady, but in distinctly opposite ways. John M #1
The Question to Ask
We were in our family room one evening to spend a couple of hours to relax by watching a movie. There were many TV On-Demand options: drama, comedy, romance, musical, mystery, thriller, etc. I had already chosen one and I asked: "Do you like this one?" My daughter replied with another question: "Is that good for the soul?" I was not sure so I kept browsing. We were in a buffet restaurant for lunch and among the appetizing dishes available were crabs, shrimps, roast beef and
Our Ultimate Goal
A recent EWTN interview of a woman who was a victim of sex abuse by a priest when she was 15 years old ended with a testimony of her faith: "Our ultimate goal is to get to heaven . . . and my husband and I want to encourage our children to have the same goal when they are grown. . ." Maybe she did not realize how her words affected her hearers. To me, hearing that statement from someone who has suffered unjustly but is unmoved in her faith confirms the importance of proclaimi