“Fifty years ago, my classmates and I at St. Mary of Redford Grade School in Detroit received the great blessings of our First Confession and First Holy Communion. My gratitude for these great gifts has only grown over the years”.
“The movie Silence by Martin Scorsese lifts up two Jesuits who deny their faith in public before others: “Apostastise or die.” A Buddhist speaks of “the path of peace and mercy, of holding your faith within: even if you denounce it on the outside you can still keep it on the inside. Renounce it outside of yourself but keep it inside so that you can stay and help others”…
” How often do we hear some spiteful comment about the wealthy? In an era where socialist ideas enjoy growing popularity among the youth, the “one percent” is attracting greater disdain. The Church, the champion of the poor, rightfully shows concern for the depravity that the impoverished face. We ask much of the wealthy to “do their part” and “pay their fair share.” Time and time again, the government proposes that the wealthy be taxed more in order to bolster welfare programs.
” A lot of people — even Catholics — consider prayer and the Word to be almost a waste of time. Every day when I pray in St. John’s Church, I go up to the choir loft to pray. I have to go up there because, during prayer, I have frequently been interrupted by parishioners who have said to me, “Oh, I’m so glad you’re not busy with anything important. Can we talk?” Nothing important? Prayer and preaching the Gospel are the most important things we do as a Church”!
” It is certain that without the divine assistance we can do nothing good for our souls. God also has declared that graces are granted to those only who ask for them: Ask, and it shall be given you (Matt. 7:7). Seek, and it shall be given you; therefore, as says St. Teresa, he who seeks not does not receive”.
” The Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ was the most brutal event to have happened in all of Creation. Upon Him was inflicted the lash, the thorns, the nails, the spear. His Holy Feet were torn to shreds by sharp stones, His Gentle Hands were pierced, His Shoulder bore the weight of our manifold sins, His Heart burst with Love for us.