When we need to run to Jesus

When you're tempted to compare yourself to others, run to the Eucharist. The only comparison worth making is to Christ.

When you judge someone, rather than love them, run to confession. God's mercy toward you can become your mercy toward them.

When you harbor resentment or anger or struggle to forgive, run to Our Lady. She walked with her Son, now let her walk with you.

The 5 words from Jesus

On the evening of February 22nd, 1931, Jesus appeared to a simple nun and instructed her to have an image of his Divine Mercy painted. He also asked her to add an inscription, which read:

Jesus, I trust in you.

Saint Faustina knew, however, these were not just words for the painting.

These were words for our heart.

During the Sacred Triduum (the shortest and holiest season of the liturgical year) pray those five words from Jesus. Pray them often, and from the heart.

Give God something today

Give God something today.

Perhaps it's your commute home from work. No radio. No noise. Just prayer.

Or, it's a simple look toward heaven, asking God for help.

How about a morning offering to begin your day? Or a "thank you" to end it.

Just give him something––other than nothing.

One of the most powerful prayers you will ever pray

"In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen."

Most of us (myself included) say these words everyday. We say them, making the Sign of the Cross, before we eat, before we sleep, before we get in our car.

But, for me, it's no longer enough to say these words - it's time I start to pray them.

And I want you to start praying them with me.

Today and everyday, before you eat, before you sleep, before you get in your car, take a moment to pray the Sign of the Cross. Pray it slow and from the heart. Pray it knowing that in those few words all that we are and all that we have finds it's purpose in God.

It was a priest who taught me this years ago, and unfortunately, I haven't been very good at remembering. But I begin anew, today. And you can, too.

"In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen."

If there's one thing I know

If you're familiar with what I do you know this is my busiest time of year. And these months are probably just as busy for you, too. 

Work projects, doctors appointments, basketball practice, and board meetings take these months by storm.

But, if there's one thing I know about the spiritual life, it's this...

Busy is no excuse.

Sure, it's not easy to make time for prayer (nothing worth doing is ever easy). But it's important. And it matters.

Jesus is waiting to break into your life and mine. Waiting to break through the busy-ness and give us rest.

It's up to us to make the time and let him in.