We've All Been There

We've all been there...

A day goes by (maybe more) and we forget to pray.

Not a word, not even a thought.

So, what do we do? 

We start again.

We build a routine of prayer.

We don't forget to eat. We don't forget to sleep. 

We can't forget to pray.

Talk to him. Notice him. Simply glance in his direction. Just pray.

Last minute spirituality

Plans are made. The menu is set. The gifts are under the tree. 

Christmas is almost here.

But what about today? It is still Advent, after all. How are you spiritually preparing, today, for the birth of Our Lord?

Why start spiritually preparing now? I dropped the ball the other 3 1/2 weeks.

It's OK. It's the Year of Mercy. God doesn't give up on you. You can't give up on him.

How do you suggest I spiritually prepare for Christmas in 24 hours?

Here's a 3 step plan. Pick one or do both. (Perhaps come up with something on your own. Just do something.)

1. Make one small sacrifice, today. Yes, Advent is a penetential season. If you didn't get around to 'giving something up' or making a good confession, there's still time. One day. Go.

2. Pray a family Rosary. I suggest the Joyful Mysteries.

3. Call a family member or friend who is alone. It might be the only gift they receive this Christmas.

From my family to yours, have a Merry Christmas!

The Conversation Went Like This...

Person A: You mean I can be a saint?

Me: Yep.

Person A: But I'm not Mother Teresa.

Me: You're right.

Person A: No, I can't be Mother Teresa.

Me: I know.

Person A: I don't have the time to start a religious order that now exceeds 600 communities in over 120 countries. That's what saints do. I got mouths to feed, a spouse to take care of, garage sales to shop, and a work project due Thursday. How can I be a saint?

Me: "Give God permission."


God is not in competition with us.

Neither should we be in competition with each other.

Three Words You Should Repeat Everyday

Christ did not just come to share in our brightest moments. He also came to share in our brokenness.

A good friend reminded me and my listeners of that over the radio the other morning. Let it be a reminder for you, too.

Just keep praying.