“Christ has no body now but yours,” goes the famous quote attributed to St. Teresa of Avila. What she’s saying is that we have become the means through which God chooses to accomplish His will in the world. Us, the broken. Us, the weary. Us, the imperfect. If a person is going to come to believe in Jesus Christ in this day and age, it will be because of something we Christians do or say.
God doesn’t just allow us to drag our dead fish to his already blazing fire — he tells us to. He accepts our offering — our good works, our suffering, our praise, our love. He accepts everything we have to give, and then He sits with us, and He gives us a job to do.
Today, on the most important day of the liturgical year, the Apostle Paul is calling us out. “I see you hiding in that tomb,” he says. “I see you baking with that old, stale yeast, thinking no one will notice.” If you want to be raised with Christ, you’d better be ready to step out of the shadows. Seek what is above — not what is on earth.
Ponder the most significant stone or boulder in your life. Do you believe you have a future despite what is before your eyes? When Life Eternal touched the disciples, they were transformed. No longer were their eyes cast down or gazing in the past. God always brings life.
We’ve never known the Jesus of the Gospels to doubt the will of God. We’ve never known him to be a defeatist or to give into feelings of despair. He’s the hero who walks on water, the Savior who is welcomed to Jerusalem with a pathway of palms. And he knows full well that his Father has absolutely not abandoned him.
The World Day of Prayer for Vocations also known as “Good Shepherd Sunday,” is May 8th. Wondering how you can promote religious vocations in your parish? Here are some tips from all walks of life — a priest, a youth minister, a young dad, and a consecrated virgin.
What’s your comfort zone: emotionally, professionally, personally? As much as we may not want to admit it, even (and especially) as people of God, we get deeply attached to our own personal comfort zones — and we tend to view those outside with distrust. But what if God had a comfort zone?
It would be easy to see the triumphal tone of the entrance into Jerusalem as a grand conclusion of Jesus’ mission. But, as we know, his mission, his journey did not end there. And it is here, that Jesus shows us the way we are to go: the way of humility.
“To the hard of hearing you shout.” When Fr. Connor Danstrom received his assignment to the St. John Paul II Newman Center in 2018, the building was fine. No major roof renovations were needed. No structural damage was present. The chapel in the building, used for Mass and other liturgical functions, was a classic mid-century […]