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Parenting

A good young priest, Fr. Lucio Choi, once shared with me how he was discouraged, and it wasn’t because of his bad haircut. He said he now understood why some priests get cynical: You try so hard, do so much for people, and they don’t care or respond.
Publish date: 2019 - 10 - 20


 
Healing is Simpler Than Imagined

I know a man who’s got a lot of problems: He struggles with his closest relationships, with his work, and with his direction in life. He blames everything: God hasn’t helped him, people are jerks, the government’s full of morons, and everything he’s tried hasn’t worked. But when someone asks him to look at what he could change about himself, he refuses. He’s looking everywhere around him for a solution when it’s right at his feet.
Publish date: 2019 - 10 - 13


 
How do you spell faith? R-I-S-K

Many of you have said that you remember the story I told last year about Mother Angelica’s amazing faith!  After she, a nun, started a Catholic TV network in 1981, she felt called to expand it, and so, at one point, ordered a large satellite dish without having any money to pay for it.  When the delivery […]
Publish date: 2019 - 10 - 6


 
How We Treat the Poor Matters

I have a happy announcement to make, one that reminds us to do some biblical reflection. Last year, we talked about solicitude for the needy, how Jesus had a heart for the blind beggar on the roadside and asked the disciples to be intermediaries; they were the ones who brought him to Jesus. And we […]
Publish date: 2019 - 9 - 29


 
Should There Be Separation of Church and State?

On December 1, 1955, a 42-year old black woman named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat when asked by the bus driver to do so, in order that white passengers could sit down. Because of racism, black people had to sit at the back of the bus. The driver said, “Y’all better make it light on yourselves and let me have those seats.”
Publish date: 2019 - 9 - 22


 
The Value of One Person

Two years ago, I learned something funny about boys and girls. At the end of the school year, we said goodbye to some staff members at our school, some of whom had been here for over 15 years. We held an assembly, with the kids in a big circle, singing songs and giving gifts to the teachers, who stood in the middle. At the end, some girls went up to the teachers and hugged them. Many of the girls from Grades 4-7 were crying. I was amazed at their maturity
Publish date: 2019 - 9 - 15


 
Fruitful Discipleship

One of the last times I went to Confession, I wanted to make a really good Confession. Most of the time our confessions are sincere, but sometimes we’re filled with a particularly strong desire to change our lives. So, I called my friend, Fr. Anthony Ho, to hear my confession. I was looking for a […]
Publish date: 2019 - 9 - 8


 
Made for Service

When I was in Taiwan living at the Holy See nunciature (Vatican embassy), Msgr. Russell surprised me when he said that priests in the Vatican Diplomatic Service are aware of who gets made a nuncio first (a nuncio is the Pope’s ambassador in a country) and to what country he gets sent.
Publish date: 2019 - 9 - 1


 
Making a decision

In Rome I once met a newly married couple who were visiting from Vancouver. They were clearly in love—it was very sweet. Over lunch I asked how they met. The husband told me about their dating, and then about his long period of hesitation. However, during a confession, a priest asked him, “Well, are you going to marry her or what?” And he thought, “Yeah, what am I waiting for? This is an amazing woman. If I don’t do this now, some other guy will get her!”
Publish date: 2019 - 8 - 18


 
Laziness or Rest?

Who in your family does the most work? Husband or wife? You or your siblings? Who does nothing? You can point at them if you’d like. We’re talking about laziness today. Some people, when they come home, don’t help prepare dinner, clean the house, or ever offer to help. After all, they say they need to rest; being in Grade 5 is hard work. We’re in the Sabbath Summer of resting in God and celebrating Him, but some people are in the Sabbath Year.
Publish date: 2019 - 8 - 11


 
Being Rich Towards God

We’re now halfway through the Sabbath Summer, the season of resting in God and celebrating Him, and our goal is to have the best summer ever—how’s it going so far? Has the Lord given us what we wanted for this summer? Or, if you’re a guest here, is God answering your prayers?
Publish date: 2019 - 8 - 4


 
Praying like Jesus

Here are the four most common stumbling blocks to prayer, in my experience: 1) We don’t know how to pray. 2) We run out of things to say. Dr. Tim Gray shares a story of how, when he was a teenager, he could pray on retreat and at the youth group, but, on his own, he didn’t know what to do. He wanted to hear God speak, but heard nothing. He would ask God to help Him with this or that, but, after that, he had nothing left to say. 3) Many people have asked, “How do we know when we’re talking to God or when we’re talking to ourselves?” 4) We get nothing out of it.
Publish date: 2019 - 7 - 28


 
Why we pray?

You have five seconds to answer the following question, one that people sometimes ask us, and will help our Sabbath Summer rest. If we don’t have a good answer, people won’t be convinced, and it’ll expose a weakness in us. The question is: Why do you pray?
Publish date: 2019 - 7 - 21


 
Healing While Resting

Let me explain more deeply why, as a parish family, we’ve just started a season called. Not only do we need to rest, but, after being here for five years as your priest, I see many of us, including me, continuing to have the same problems.
Publish date: 2019 - 7 - 14


 
We Become What We Celebrate

Here are a few questions that will guide us throughout the summer: 1) What are your needs? God speaks through our legitimate needs. 2) What would make this summer the most restful one ever for you? 3) How much sleep do you need? Sleep isn’t always laziness. God wants us to rest. 4) How’s your prayer? Do you give God enough time or do you cheat Him, meaning not giving the One we love the time we could and should? 5) What gives you true enjoyment?
Publish date: 2019 - 7 - 7


 
Commitment Gives Freedom

I once found this hilarious video on YouTube, and then sent it to this guy I know. I talked to him later that day, and asked, “Did you watch the video?” He replied, “Nope, I don’t watch videos during work.” I was humbled. I thought I was a disciplined person, but this guy is more disciplined. No wonder he’s such an amazing person and leader.
Publish date: 2019 - 6 - 30


 
Eucharistic culture

A few months ago, there were two tragic pieces of news: 1) Someone was selling the Eucharist online. The screen shot [Photo] says, “Real Catholic Hosts, consecrated by a priest!!! 9 pieces * * *!! Made in Germany! Black Mass Magic Satanism”. The seller alleges that he was given the Hosts by a priest involved in the Satanic underground—this isn’t verified but wouldn’t surprise me because the Church in Germany is beyond a mess.
Publish date: 2019 - 6 - 23


 
Stories strengthen souls

Two weeks ago during Mass, we talked about devout conversations, where we ask questions of substance to give people an opportunity to share what God is doing in their lives—an act of love .
Publish date: 2019 - 6 - 2


 
5 Types of Questions That Help Us Pay Attention to God

How many real friends do we have? Do we know? “Here is a simple litmus test of whether or not you have any friends. Think of the most difficult struggle you are going through at this time… it could be something physical, spiritual, or psychological… The question… is: Whom have you told? Have you shared this with anyone? Friends share their struggles and receive support”
Publish date: 2019 - 5 - 19


 
Want to Help People You Love to Grow? Here Are 4 Ways

All of us have people in our lives that we want to change, right? Parents, you pray for your children that they grow and improve their behaviour.
Publish date: 2019 - 5 - 12


 
Sacrificial Love

A friend once was talking to me and started crying because he admitted that he didn’t love his parents enough. They had written him a letter expressing how much they loved him and about the good they saw in him. He said they always loved him even though he treated them so badly.
Publish date: 2019 - 5 - 5


 
Dealing with shame

Fr. Mike Schmitz tells a story he heard about a village in Africa. In the midst of war, enemies of the village would capture women of all ages, then sexually assault and rape them, and then send them back to the village shamed. Imagine how these women felt.
Publish date: 2019 - 4 - 28


 
A Joy No One Can Steal

Happy Easter, brothers and sisters! And a special welcome to all of our guests!
Publish date: 2019 - 4 - 21


 
Jesus gave everything

In the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Centre, Robert Small worked on the 72nd floor of the South Tower. He was tasked with helping people walk down the extremely long staircases after the planes had hit.
Publish date: 2019 - 4 - 14