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How to Ask for the Best Gifts

"At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, 'Ask what I should give you'" (1 Kg 3:5).—This is what God is saying to us today.: He wants to know what we want. What a beautiful offer!
Publish date: 2020 - 7 - 26

Three Ways to Receive Blessings

Why does it seem that Jesus blesses some people more than others? A similar question is asked in the Gospel by the disciples, "Why do you speak to them in parables?" Jesus speaks to the crowds using metaphors but only gives the explanation to the disciples—why?
Publish date: 2020 - 7 - 12

Freedom in Accepting Our Bodies

Let’s talk about the challenge of not accepting our bodies. All of us have experiences of not being satisfied with the way we look. We’re self-conscious about our size, shape, or appearance. Perhaps people have made fun of the way we look. Sometimes, even if people don’t say anything, we have imperfections that we don’t want others to see. Priests have this problem too, believe me! I just don’t talk about it.
Publish date: 2020 - 7 - 5

Seeking the Truth

Last week, we talked about overcoming the fear of speaking the truth. Today, the theme is seeking the truth. Many of you have asked me to address the topic of racism, so let’s seek the truth as best we can regarding racism. Let’s try to find out what’s morally true, what are the facts, and how we can contribute to its eradication.
Publish date: 2020 - 6 - 28

Losing the Fear of Speaking the Truth

Let's talk about speaking the truth, and, at the end, do it in relation to the scandals in the Church. In the future, I hope to apply this to racism and transgenderism, and everything else where there's debate.
Publish date: 2020 - 6 - 21

How Real is the Real Presence

There was once a Catholic CIA agent assigned as a courier of intelligence between Baghdad and Jordan. He would be driven at night in a truck, 145 kilometers per hour and without headlights, so as not to attract attention.
Publish date: 2020 - 6 - 14

Another Antidote to Taking Ourselves Too Seriously

Do you see the common thread in taking ourselves too seriously?The focus is too much on us. God wants us to love and take care of ourselves, but we're not the centre of the universe.
Publish date: 2020 - 6 - 7

Four Steps to Explosive Celebrations

When was the last time you had a really good celebration, where you forgot about the difficulties of life and focused on the goodness God the Father gives? I myself can't remember one recently.
Publish date: 2020 - 5 - 31

Life is a Test and Temporary Assignment

"The way you see your life shapes your life" (Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life, 41). Some people may see life as a journey, or a roller coaster (up and down), or a question mark (we don't know what it is). Some of us may remember what G.K. Chesterton said: "An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered".
Publish date: 2020 - 5 - 24

Overcoming the Fear of Evangelization

Brett Powell, a Catholic leader in North America and someone I greatly respect, wrote recently, "After 28 years of full-time ministry, I still get nervous when sharing the faith with others. My liver quivers and I'm tempted to remain silent or just let the moment pass by." When I read that, I remembered how many fears I still have about evangelization, proclaiming Jesus to people.
Publish date: 2020 - 5 - 17

How to Stop Getting Pulled in Different Directions

Author Greg McKeown tells the story of the day after his daughter was born. His wife was exhausted yet radiant and happy. Greg, however, was filled with tension: He was on the phone and e-mail regarding work, and was also invited to attend a meeting. He felt pressure to go, but wanted to be with his family, so he said… "Yes."
Publish date: 2020 - 5 - 10

Three Clues to Hear Jesus’ Voice

All day long our thoughts can waver between being hopeful and depressed, feeling loved and lonely, encouraged and discouraged—how do we know which thoughts come from Jesus? Is He pushing us or are we just being too hard on ourselves? We know from the Gospel that Jesus can be extremely gentle, but He also criticized His disciples for not understanding ("How foolish you are, and slow of heart to believe") (Lk 24:25).
Publish date: 2020 - 5 - 3

Ways in Which Jesus Acts in Our Lives

If you were a priest, what would you say to someone in the following situation? Someone comes for Confession, confesses something of which they're very ashamed and about which they're embarrassed. They can't believe they did it or keep on doing it. Let's say they're crying, too. And they say, "I feel so guilty. I feel awful." What would you say?
Publish date: 2020 - 4 - 26

Apostles Are Alive!

Did you realize that last week, when you encountered a very difficult situation, that you were probably sent there by God? Is it possible that, last week, you were sent to a chaotic situation at work to bring Jesus' peace? Or you were sent home where there was an argument between your parents so that you could pray for them? Or you were sent an impatient e-mail so you could ask the person what's bothering them?
Publish date: 2020 - 4 - 19

Capacity to Suffer = Capacity to Love

Happy Easter, everyone! And again a special welcome to all of our guests! The question we're going to start with is difficult but will direct us towards Easter joy: Why does some of what we're going through hurt so much? Some of us have been struggling in relationships and it hurts intensely. Some of us are hurting in our loneliness. Some of us continue to make the same mistakes and can't fix our lives. In prayer, we ask, "Jesus, what do You want to say through this suffering?"
Publish date: 2020 - 4 - 12

Doing What We Should Do

There are certain things that we should be doing right now but maybe don’t feel like doing. Like what? Forgiving, smiling, doing our duty, being agreeable. Some of us are getting sick of social distancing and staying at home. It’s the loving thing to do, but very sacrificial; it’s particularly hard for social people, like […]
Publish date: 2020 - 4 - 5

Something Dying Leads to Something Coming to Life

Most of us are experiencing unusual suffering right now, and the human person needs to understand what's going on! On a human level, once we have clarity about how long this crisis will last and how to respond, we can go forward! On the deeper spiritual level, each of us needs to understand what's going on with me and my problems.
Publish date: 2020 - 3 - 29

Experiencing Transcendence

The Gospel today is centered on a mountain experience, and Pope Benedict says that, “The mountain is the place of ascent—not only outward, but also inward ascent; it is a liberation from the burden of everyday life, a breathing in of the pure air of creation; it offers a view of the broad expanse of creation and its beauty; it gives one an inner peak to stand on and an intuitive sense of the Creator” (Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth, Vol. 1, 309).
Publish date: 2020 - 3 - 8

Gentle and Judgemental Equals Perfection

You have to see the recently released movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood about Mr. Rogers. For those who are unaware, Fred Rogers had a very influential television show for children from 1968 to 2001, demonstrating remarkable kindness and gentleness, and teaching us the specialness of every person.
Publish date: 2020 - 2 - 23

Choosing a Better Way

Choosing a Better Way

Nick Vujicic was born without arms and legs. He was teased and bullied as a child, and first thought about killing himself when he was eight. He didn’t know if he would get married, be independent, or if he had a purpose, so, at age ten, he tried to drown himself but stopped for his parents’ sake.
Publish date: 2020 - 2 - 16

Stopping 42 Million Murders

In elementary school, I remember being on a school bus going South on Granville Street, when we stopped at a light by the Chevron gas station. There was a homeless man in rags sleeping on the sidewalk, and some of the kids in the bus waved at him like he was spectacle and showed had no pity.
Publish date: 2020 - 2 - 9

Why Euthanasia is Wrong

The 2016 film Arrival asks the question if we would accept life knowing that it will involve suffering. Here’s the one-and-a-half-minute opening scene which shows the birth of Louise’s daughter time-lapsed to her early death. The great Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson asks why women would bring children into the world knowing they’re going to suffer (12 Rules for Life, 167. See also this video). Other questions of life include: “Why do you have so many children when you’re short on money?” “Why not choose a dignified death (euthanasia), rather than let someone suffer?”
Publish date: 2020 - 2 - 2

Preventing Divisions in the Parish

Here are some things that may be dividing us at St. Anthony’s: A few people don’t think we should be using Alpha; a few didn’t want us to give 10% of our annual collection to those in need; some don’t like the one hour, 20-minute Masses; some disagree with our stance on moral issues like abortion, talking about mortal sin, getting drunk, etc.; some have even complained about my homilies (gasp!).
Publish date: 2020 - 1 - 26

Spiritual Friendships

Let’s deal with two problems regarding friendships. First, what’s called being “unequally yoked,” a term from St. Paul (2 Cor 6:14), which now refers to a marriage or a couple dating where one spouse or person is spiritually stronger than the other. When two animals with a yoke over their shoulders are of different strength and speed, there can be injuries.
Publish date: 2020 - 1 - 19