The Secret to Intimacy with Jesus Christ

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” John 6:51 I feel closest to Jesus in the moments after I receive him in the Eucharist. As I kneel in silence,Continue reading “The Secret to Intimacy with Jesus Christ”

This Sunday’s Gospel: June 14, 2020

John 6:51-58 Jesus said to the Jewish crowds:“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;whoever eats this bread will live forever;and the bread that I will giveis my flesh for the life of the world.” The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”Jesus said to them,“Amen,Continue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: June 14, 2020”

Why Dancers are the Athletes of God

Let them praise his name in dance, make music with tambourine and lyre. Psalm 149:3 This post is dedicated to anyone who shares a love for dance and cherishes it as an art form. In my last blog post, I talked about beauty as a transcendental. I shared what it means to encounter God throughContinue reading “Why Dancers are the Athletes of God”

Beauty as a Transcendental

Beauty is a key to the mystery and a call to transcendence. It is an invitation to savor life and to dream of the future. Pope St. John Paul II’s Letter to Artists During one day of SEEK 2019, a FOCUS conference in Indianapolis, I attended a talk about beauty. I learned so much aboutContinue reading “Beauty as a Transcendental”

Why I Don’t Understand the Mystery of the Holy Trinity

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God who is and who was and who is yet to come. Revelation 1:8 I want to write a blog post for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, but I feel like I’m not qualified. It seems like I have more questions about theContinue reading “Why I Don’t Understand the Mystery of the Holy Trinity”

This Sunday’s Gospel: June 7, 2020

John 3:16-18 God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,so that everyone who believes in him might not perishbut might have eternal life.For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,but that the world might be saved through him.Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,but whoeverContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: June 7, 2020”

5 Fruitful Ways to Practice Intercessory Prayer

Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer. St. Padre Pio Intercessory prayer, or praying for others and their intentions, is so important. With so many people asking us for prayer intentions and knowing that the Lord wants us to pray for our brothers and sisters, weContinue reading “5 Fruitful Ways to Practice Intercessory Prayer”

Why We Have to Set the World on Fire

I have come to set the world on fire, and I wish it were already burning! Luke 12:49 What does it mean to set the world on fire for Jesus? Does it mean that the whole world knows him? Maybe it means that the whole world loves him, or that the whole world follows him.Continue reading “Why We Have to Set the World on Fire”

How We Participate in Pentecost

They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Acts 2:3-4 I sometimes think about getting a small, black-line minimalist tattoo of a flame.Continue reading “How We Participate in Pentecost”

This Sunday’s Gospel: May 31, 2020

John 20:19-23 On the evening of that first day of the week,when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,for fear of the Jews,Jesus came and stood in their midstand said to them, “Peace be with you.”When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.The disciples rejoiced when they saw theContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: May 31, 2020”