Monday, April 29, 2013

Confessional Not a Dry Cleaner Nor a Beating Session...

I love this homily given by the Holy Father from this morning's Mass. How beautiful and how needed. There is no sin too big for God to forgive.

More Live Action Undercover Video From Washington DC

Lord, have mercy. Here is the second installment of undercover video taken at an abortion clinic that performs late term abortions. Notice how the doctor fully acknowledges that it is indeed a baby that he is killing.

This is hard to watch but the message MUST get out. Send out the video and website link.

Let us implore God, on this feast of St. Catherine of Siena, that we may courageously stand against this genocide of our children. Let us implore and beg for His mercy and graces of conversion for our country.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Today's Homily from Pope Francis

This is a beautiful homily to the young people who were confirmed today at St. Peter's Square.
The Pope's words are full of hope and wisdom. It's awesome.
Here is the text:

(Vatican Radio)
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Dear Confirmands,I would like to offer three short and simple thoughts for your reflection.
1. In the second reading, we listened to the beautiful vision of Saint John: new heavens and a new earth, and then the Holy City coming down from God. All is new, changed into good, beauty and truth; there are no more tears or mourning… This is the work of the Holy Spirit: he brings us the new things of God. He comes to us and makes all things new; he changes us. The Spirit changes us! And Saint John’s vision reminds us that all of us are journeying towards the heavenly Jerusalem, the ultimate newness which awaits us and all reality, the happy day when we will see the Lord’s face – that marvelous face, the most beautiful face of the Lord Jesus - and be with him for ever, in his love.

You see, the new things of God are not like the novelties of this world, all of which are temporary; they come and go, and we keep looking for more. The new things which God gives to our lives are lasting, not only in the future, when we will be with him, but today as well. God is even now making all things new; the Holy Spirit is truly transforming us, and through us he also wants to transform the world in which we live. Let us open the doors to the Spirit, let ourselves be guided by him, and allow God’s constant help to make us new men and women, inspired by the love of God which the Holy Spirit bestows on us! How beautiful it would be if each of you, every evening, could say: Today at school, at home, at work, guided by God, I showed a sign of love towards one of my friends, my parents, an older person! How beautiful!

2. A second thought. In the first reading Paul and Barnabas say that “we must undergo many trials if we are to enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). The journey of the Church, and our own personal journeys as Christians, are not always easy; they meet with difficulties and trials. To follow the Lord, to let his Spirit transform the shadowy parts of our lives, our ungodly ways of acting, and cleanse us of our sins, is to set out on a path with many obstacles, both in the world around us but also within us, in the heart. But difficulties and trials are part of the path that leads to God’s glory, just as they were for Jesus, who was glorified on the cross; we will always encounter them in life! Do not be discouraged! We have the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome these trials!

3. And here I come to my last point. It is an invitation which I make to you, young confirmandi, and to all present. Remain steadfast in the journey of faith, with firm hope in the Lord. This is the secret of our journey! He gives us the courage to swim against the tide. Pay attention, my young friends: to go against the current; this is good for the heart, but we need courage to swim against the tide. Jesus gives us this courage! There are no difficulties, trials or misunderstandings to fear, provided we remain united to God as branches to the vine, provided we do not lose our friendship with him, provided we make ever more room for him in our lives.
This is especially so whenever we feel poor, weak and sinful, because God grants strength to our weakness, riches to our poverty, conversion and forgiveness to our sinfulness. The Lord is so rich in mercy: every time, if we go to him, he forgives us. Let us trust in God’s work! With him we can do great things; he will give us the joy of being his disciples, his witnesses. Commit yourselves to great ideals, to the most important things. We Christians were not chosen by the Lord for little things; push onwards toward the highest principles. Stake your lives on noble ideals, my dear young people! The new things of God, the trials of life, remaining steadfast in the Lord. 

Dear friends, let us open wide the door of our lives to the new things of God which the Holy Spirit gives us. May he transform us, confirm us in our trials, strengthen our union with the Lord, our steadfastness in him: this is a true joy! So may it be.

Gosnell Is Only The Beginning...

For those of you who are informed about abortionist Kermit Gosnell's trial, you probably know that the sorrowful revelation of all the children he has killed is only a tip of the iceberg.

Below is brand new under-cover video from LiveAction--the pro-life group started by Lila Rose. Here is startling footage of what really happens during later term abortions. Listen as the assistants describe the process of how they kill children and then the web of lies they spin.

Also, here is a link from LiveAction on President Obama's glowing speech to Planned Parenthood. This is a huge issue, folks. Abortion isn't just one of many issues- it is THE issue. We, as a nation, condone and promote the killing of innocent children. How we can pretend this has no consequences? The dignity and sanctity of life in all it's stages is THE foundational issue for the human race. What will become of us?

May God have mercy on us all. Let us all join in prayers for mercy for the people who work in the abortion industry and the women and men who give them business. It's heartbreaking.

Get this message out. We cannot remain with our heads in the sand any longer. God surely sees and knows all. May He help us see the truth and know what to do about it.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Francis Chan Rocks This Talk

If you have some time, check out this honest and powerful talk by non-denominational pastor, Francis Chan. This talk was given at the Passion 2013 Conference which sold out Falcon Stadium in Atlanta. Yup. Christian conference. Sells out an NFL arena. Mostly young adults in the crowd. People are hungry and they want to be fed. God bless all those who hunger and thirst.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The NFL Draft and the Relentless Pursuit of Perfection

I love sports, I really do. But today made me think on a little deeper level. I was at a restaurant this afternoon and featured on the flatscreen tv was ESPN with the hosts of SportsCenter discussing the upcoming NFL draft.

As they showed clips of potential draft picks and debated their "stock" in the draft, it made me think
about many millions of dollars are poured into this game in the relentless pursuit of perfection. Every year is "bigger, faster, stronger." New training techniques are created, new technology leads to better play review and each athlete is honed for greatness on the field and hopefully a winning season for the team.

It's not enough to be "good enough" or "relatively great" but one must be THE BEST, THE GREATEST and every coach wants to develop a sure path to victory and drop any old methods that no longer work. The work is endless and relentless, all for something that quickly passes away and into faded film archives, only to be relived by those who really care.

I bet if you ask the coaches at Alabama and Atlanta, they will tell you that how you live, practice and play the game matters. I doubt any of them would say, "well, practice routines and game plays really don't matter. You can win no matter what. You don't have to sacrifice or strive for success." As if!

Enter into real life- how we live out masculinity and femininity, how we live out our sexuality as a gift or waste it in selfishness. It's funny how a society that pursues greatness in sports, business and education misses the mark on the most important thing.

In our woundedness and laziness, we say that it doesn't matter how we live out our sexuality or what we do with it. In the most important battle, we lay down and remain defenseless and ignorant. In our woundedness and laziness as a society, we accept and promote fornication, adultery, abortion (look at the Kermit Gosnell trial), same-sex unions, pornography and more because we don't want to pursue greatness or live up to our destiny.

We are so broken and blind as a people that we don't feel our hearts and souls aching for more. We settle for brokenness and try to somehow normalize it because the other option is seemingly too hard.

And yet, the heart never ceases calling the person to something more. God made us this way. Even if we are dead in our laziness and our brokenness, God the Healer, calls and pursues us. He is the master of raising the dead and healing the broken-hearted. That's what He does.

I often have to ask myself if I pursue and receive healing from my own brokenness with the same ardor as the potential NFL draft pick pursues a spot on the team. Do I really care? Is it worth it?

The path of a disciple, an intimate relationship with Jesus, is overwhelmingly "worth it." As Pope Francis told us today, "Jesus’ ascension into heaven does not mean his absence, but that he is alive among us in a new way, close to each one of us."

He gives us the grace to overcome and heal our blindness, laziness and ignorance. With Him we can do all things.

Awake, hearts that are broken and asleep. It's time to wake up.

I Wish I Liked Running...

This video actually makes me wish that I liked running. I don't......but, really, I wish I did!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

After All (Holy)

I love this simple and heartfelt song by David Crowder.

Tim Hawkins on "Football and Husbands"

In case you need a laugh (it made my stomach hurt!)

Thank You, Redding

Thank you to the wonderful people who hosted me for this weekend's Pan de Vida Youth Retreat in Redding, CA.

You are all so kind, faithful, and dedicated and you inspire me greatly!

Praying for you all!

You Are More Beautiful Than You Think

My friend Heather sent me this new video clip from Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty. It really makes you think about how you see yourself. Certainly brought tears to my eyes...

Monday, April 08, 2013

Not In My House!

this commercial makes me laugh! Now, if only we could do this with the sin in our life..... :)