Good vs. Better

I just got back from giving a mission about 45 minutes outside New Orleans. I couldn't help but make the trip one of those days, seeing a good friend and eating some of the best seafood I've had.

"You wouldn't believe how much better the shrimp is here!" I said to Teresa over the phone.

"Uh, yes, I would, it's fresh."

I eat a lot of shrimp at home, and it's good. But none comes close to the shrimp in New Orleans. It's just... better.

I think there's a lot to say for the difference between good and better in our relationship with God.

We pat ourselves on the back for doing a "good job," all the while our Lord is begging us to go deeper, pray harder and love better---than we did yesterday.

So, try and up it a notch this week. Strive for the better in our faith, and see the vast difference it can make.

Friends, be confident in Christ's mercy and love.

Who cares

Indifference to the Gospel will not help the person that needs Christ's friendship the most.


Indifference to the Gospel will not see Jesus in the poor.


Indifference to the Gospel will not help society reclaim truth and goodness.


Indifference to the Gospel will not heal resentment.


Indifference to the Gospel will not love the unlovable.


Indifference to the Gospel will not help our marriages grow in holiness.


Indifference to the Gospel does not help our parishes thrive.


Reaffirm your commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and watch the world around you change.

Friends, be confident in Christ's mercy and love.

Lectio Divina

Say it again? Lex-ee-oh Di-vee-na. I know, it took me about a year to pronounce it correctly.

It's one of my favorite and most ancient forms of prayer. And I want you to try it.

Find a quiet place. Pick up a Bible. Read a few verses--slowly.

Then, listen. For a while. Just listen.

Listen to what God puts on your heart. What word He made jump off the page. What sorrow or joy you feel. What He has to say to you.

From there--talk to Him. As your Father.

Lectio Divina. Look it up if you can. Study the method. And give it a go.

The journey begins, now.

Friends, be confident in Christ's mercy and love.

Don't let a day go by without it

I'm a firm believer in making New Year's resolutions.

I also believe that the resolution(s) should be something big--after all, we've got a year to make it happen.

With that said, I'm inviting you to make one today.

Pray.

Make prayer a part of every single day in 2014.

Don't let a day go by without spending time with Jesus and his Mother.

This isn't pious rhetoric or simply a motivational message. This is our life. This is our soul.

Start today.

Friends, be confident in Christ's mercy and love.