Fr. McGivney, I need a favor.

"and let it begin with me."

Yesterday, we were a part of a day of prayer for peace. Pope Francis asked for the day seemingly because of the world and Syria, but I also found myself thinking of my own family and including prayers for peace in my own 4 walls. Then, the words of St. Francis echoed - “and let it begin with me.”

Well played, Pope Francis. Well played.

Giving All (Proud Papa)

Tonight my 6 year old son pulled out “The Giving Tree” to read for his bedtime story. I told him how much I loved that book and he said he’d never read it before. As we read, he got that worried look and was sad, particularly as the tree gave all her branches.

Eventually, he was crying a bit. We talked about how giving can make one happy, even though there is sacrifice. He seemed amazed when I shared how that is what parents do. “But don’t YOU want to be happy?” “Knowing that our children are happy and taken care of makes us happy.” I mentioned that one of those other people who gave was Jesus, that He died for us because he loved us.

And my little boy, my 6 year old boy, said, “You mean like when at church Father says, ‘This is my body, which was given up for you’?”

Wow, he has been paying attention.

He was still struggling to understand, but aren’t we all? I’m just so proud that he was on the right track.

Real men on a Friday night

Went to a larger Knights of Columbus meeting tonight gathering info for our council. It felt great to be in the presence of about 60 men that share my beliefs and values. Something powerful about saying a decade of the rosary with so many men all at once.

This tendency for the government to claim for itself authority over all areas of human experience flows from the secularization of our culture. If God cannot be part of public life, then the state itself plays God.
Cardinal Francis George
A house divided

From today’s Gospel from Luke 12:

Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? 
No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided,three against two and two against three;”

My guess is that this reading hits home for many of us. We need to stay true and follow the right path, and sometimes that means that others who go on different paths will be angry that we have not stayed with them. People know the truth, but they don’t like to be reminded of it.

I know that in my family that I have been unfriended and not included in certain outings or discussions. There is that look you get at some family events. Groups of friends from old Catholic school days now judge me harshly because I am still Catholic. I know I am doing the right thing, but there is suffering. Jesus was also abandoned.

What are some ways that you have had your family divided or that you have had to go your own for the sake of God?

Mary joins us, she fights at our side. She supports Christians in the fight against the forces of evil. Especially through prayer, through the rosary. Hear me out, the rosary… Do you pray the Rosary each day? I don’t know, are you sure? There we go!
Pope Francis - August 15, 2013 Feast of the Assumption

Proud to be a Knight.

As members of the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, Yap says, the Knights consider this charity work to be not just about helping their neighbors, but part of a calling that ought to be transformative for all involved. He sets as a goal doing his part to make sure men who are Knights under his leadership “become better Catholics, better men, better husbands.” Sometimes a new member will come in satisfied with being a confession-once-a-year, Mass-on-Sunday kinda guy, Yap continues, but it is our duty to help a brother see that those sacraments should transform him. Charity and catechesis are not just about helping neighbors in need, but about opening hearts to the countercultural call of Christianity.”

Each time we ignore God’s voice, our conscience becomes more deaf.

The Fort Hood shooter is allowed to have his Koran and pray multiple times per day, have specially selected meals, and to grow his beard - all to accommodate his religion. Those in the military whom he targeted and those who guard him are all told to worship only an hour per week, put their Bibles away, and not to speak of their faith.

It’s a Catholic thing.

It’s a Catholic thing.

All the Blessed in white robes. This is pretty close to the way I have imagined Heaven and the Communion of Saints as told in Revelation.
I hope there will be a robe saved for me.

All the Blessed in white robes. This is pretty close to the way I have imagined Heaven and the Communion of Saints as told in Revelation.

I hope there will be a robe saved for me.

Wanted: Leadership by the Normal

When asked about carrying his bag, the pope said:

"I always travel with my bag: it’s normal. But we must be normal … I don’t know … it’s a bit ‘strange what you are telling me, that that picture has been going around the world. But we have to get used to be normal. The normality of life."

I think under all my underpinnings that I really want to be a part of the Papal Party. When I think of practically all the government officials in my state and country I think they have lost touch with being “normal”. Even worse, they seem to have been closed off from normal people enough that they truly believe something else is now normal. You never see our government officials carrying their own bag or just having an actual conversation with a bunch of reporters like I believe Pope Francis did on that plane.

Jesus did that same thing, didn’t he? It really was a great gift from God to come down and walk with us, eat with us, go to weddings with us, cry with us, and then even die with us.

I feel like Jesus “gets” me. Pope Francis “gets” me. My government leaders? Not so much. “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

The LORD answered, “I will not destroy it, for the sake of the twenty.”
But he still persisted:
“Please, let not my Lord grow angry if I speak up this last time. 
What if there are at least ten there?” 
He replied, “For the sake of those ten, I will not destroy it.”


This reading is often in my mind as I think of our state today. It seems that our country and the world seem to be sinking deeper into the culture of death and immorality, but there is hope that God will continue to grant mercy as long as there are a few of us who continue to have faith and try to work to keep God’s commandments.

Welcome our children.

Welcome our children.

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