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Light, Salt, and Leaven

The mission of the Church is to change the world. When Jesus describes his followers, he uses three images. He calls us light, salt, and leaven (yeast). Interestingly, these three images share a common thread: none of them exists for it’s own sake. No one stares at a lantern. No one eats a plate of […]

Mission and Existence

Sometimes just doing what we are supposed to be doing is the surest way of fulfilling our mission. Getting up, feeding the kids, going to work, visiting a friend, writing an email, making time for prayer, cleaning the house…so many seemingly mundane things are the fabric of a mission that God considers precious. We cannot […]

The Uncluttered Life

When we travel, we make a mental list of all the things we will need: our toothbrush, pajamas, passport, iPad, breviary, jacket—the list goes on and on. But Jesus seems more worried about the disciples taking too much rather than forgetting something important. What is the deal here? Why does Jesus insist on this radical […]

A New Work of Art

In a television program I once saw, an artist would invite small children to come up and scribble on his canvas. The challenge was for him to produce something artistic and beautiful out of something deeply flawed. I was astonished at how he was able to do this. He would step back, examine the scribble, […]

The Grace To Do Our Part

Lastly, there’s another quality in the Serenity Prayer that makes it special. It is a petition for God to give us grace to do our part, rather than to bypass us and do it all on his own. That’s the way it should be, a more human way. And it’s generally the way God chooses […]

The Highest Prayer That Exists

The Holy Mass is a prayer itself, even the highest prayer that exists. It is the Sacrifice dedicated by our Redeemer at the Cross, and repeated every day on the Altar. If you wish to hear Mass as it should be heard, you must follow with eye, heart, and mouth all that happens at the […]

On Spending More Time with Jesus

Have you ever wondered why you have not yet become a saint? If you’re like most people, the answer is simple: you need to spend more time with Jesus. … You want to come to know, love, and serve Jesus the same way you learn to love and stay in love with anybody (your spouse, […]