How to Avoid Spoiled Children. Maybe.

The call came years ago on a raw afternoon in early spring. The woman on the other end of the phone introduced herself as a writer. She explained that Parenting Magazine had hired her to write a story about how to prevent spoiled children, and she wanted to interview me on the topic. She'd been given my name through a convoluted series of contacts, none of whom had ever met me - or my children. How did she know my kids weren't spoiled? The interview was fascinating. The writer presented me with 8 specific scenarios involving children who were not [...]

By |2018-10-30T12:26:26-04:00October 27th, 2018|Everyday Holiness|0 Comments

Humility is not for the faint of heart

For Father George the Humble. It was a stupid idea. What was I thinking? Something had been bugging me for months. I knew God wanted me to take my faith to a deeper level and I was pretty sure it had something to do with humility. The prospect didn't thrill me. After months of ignoring God, I finally acknowledged His not-so-gentle nudging. Okay, it was more like an affectionate shove. And thus it happened that on a Tuesday in November, I began to pray an extremely dangerous prayer. I asked God to strip me of pride and teach me humility. [...]

By |2018-10-30T12:27:02-04:00October 24th, 2018|Everyday Holiness|0 Comments

“The Lord is our God, the Lord alone!”

“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone!  Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.  Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today.”  These words commonly known as the Shema (hear) are at the heart of Jewish piety.  Elegant in their simplicity and powerful in their wisdom they direct the believer to a proper relationship with God.  Jesus preserves this commandment and adds love of neighbor and self to it. We spend a lot of mental activity on God [...]

By |2018-12-05T20:44:21-05:00October 23rd, 2018|Fr. Mark's Reflections|0 Comments

Corrie ten Boom

The year was 1942, and Holland was under Nazi occupation. The elderly Casper ten Boom and his middle-aged daughters were leading quiet lives as watchmakers until Jewish neighbors began disappearing. One night after curfew, a terrified Jewish woman arrived at the door of the ten Boom shop. The woman's husband had just been arrested, her son was in hiding, and she was anxious about returning home for fear of arrest. She'd heard that the Christian ten Boom family had helped a Jewish neighbor, and she didn't know where else to turn. Casper ten Boom kindly assured her, “God's people are [...]

By |2018-10-23T22:22:36-04:00October 8th, 2018|Everyday Holiness|0 Comments

Take part in 40 Days for Life

Through November 4, you’re invited to join in the 40 Days for Life campaign – 40 days of prayer and fasting for the the affirmation of life and an end to abortion. Days of Eucharistic Adoration are scheduled to be held at St. Augustine Church on Friday October 19th and St. Paul Church on Monday October 22nd. You can sign up to take part for an hour or longer at the tables set up at each church. Thank you for supporting this important campaign.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFE7Lxdh6MA

By |2018-10-07T18:37:35-04:00October 7th, 2018|General|0 Comments