For Tierney, whose zest for God inspires me The prodigal son. It's one of the most powerful stories ever told, and I never liked it. The younger son of a wealthy land owner greedily demanded his inheritance, then squandered it on foolishness. Hungry and destitute in a foreign land, the son returned home in shame to beg his father's forgiveness. The father was overjoyed at the prodigal's return and threw a big party to celebrate. The older brother, however, resented the fanfare. He had labored for years without reward while his reckless brother got a banquet just for showing up. [...]
Our Director of Faith Formation, Dr. Jon Sozek, spoke at our St. Paul campus on June 12th about Pope Francis' new document, Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be Glad). This is the first event in a new series devoted to new papal and episcopal documents. Click here to learn more about this series. https://youtu.be/Tb8XiPXV5rE
When was the last time you pondered the question, “Who am I?” Our world is a world of distractions and demands. At the end of the day, many of us are left ruminating and agonizing over our list of “things we didn’t do” rather than taking delight in those we did well. It takes desire and effort to carve out sufficient space in our lives to contemplate the bigger picture. The world’s illusion is simple but quite self-destructive. We are lured into thinking that present concerns are the only ones that matter and that who we are is simply a [...]
I don't know his name or where he lived or what he did for a living. Here's what I do know: he had been completely blind since birth. He was young and healthy. He needed routine surgery. And he died on the operating table. This is where it gets interesting. At the time of his death, this young man – I'll call him Tim – felt himself floating upwards towards the ceiling. This provided him with a perfect view of the surgical team below, who were feverishly working on his body in an attempt to resuscitate him. Notice what I [...]
This is the first post in our new parish blog here at the Community of Ss. Isidore and Maria. Watch this space for news about happenings at both of our beautiful campuses!