It is difficult to stay focused and alert when we are tired. It is safe to say that as we close one liturgical year and begin another, many of us are physically, emotionally and spiritually tired. 2020 has been quite a year. While our liturgical year may have come to an end, our calendar year still has some time left before the numbers change again. It has been a year of upheaval, surprise, change, turmoil, anxiety, fear, confusion, disappointment, disillusionment and detachment. We have been forced to “die” to so many things these past several months: expectations, routines, celebrations, [...]
Many of us - if not all of us - are feeling a sense of anxiety, fear and even hopelessness with the circumstances of the world around us today. You might even ask yourself, "Where is God?" Father Mark reminds us that God is always near, and that we need to recognize Him as He is, and where He is.
What does Jesus say about prayer? How can we incorporate prayer into our daily lives? Father Mark Suslenko says it's simple: just listen with your heart.
Sustaining hope during a global pandemic takes help from God. Father Mark talks about finding that hope through faith, love and prayer.
Isaiah eloquently reminds us of a most certain yet often forgotten truth about our Divine Master, “I have called you by name, giving you a title, though you knew me not. I am the Lord and there is no other, there is no God besides me.” Every human being is made in the image and likeness of God and each one bears a special name known only by God. God did not just create us as a bunch of random forms but as a unique child with a personality, soul and character shared by none other. He calls us [...]
“There is nothing so great as the Eucharist. If God had something more precious, He would have given it to us.” - St. John Maria Vianney My Dear Friends: As we continue our journey through these challenging pandemic times, it is good to take a moment and reflect on our relationship with God, the Church, and the sacraments. Of particular interest is the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist and what this beautiful encounter means to us as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Jesus said: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if anyone eats of [...]
October 4th is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the natural environment. In this week's "Connecting with Spiritual Purpose," Father Mark reminds us of another environmentally-enlightened man name Francis - the Holy Father Pope Francis - and the wisdom of his 2015 encyclical, "Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home."
Father Mark talks about maturity and immaturity in both adults and children, with 1 Corinthians 13:11-12, as a starting point. "When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known."
Father Mark reads MORE letters from kids to Pope Francis along with the Holy Father's responses. From the New York Times best selling book, "Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World."
Humility and the desire to learn and grow are important virtues and qualities to possess. Having a true sense of my brokenness and incompleteness is essential for developing and maintaining healthy, challenging and stimulating relationships. Jesus is all about relationships. After all, justice in the biblical sense is about restoring relationships to their proper order. It’s a priority to do all in our power to restore balance and bring reconciliation to places of discord. These are all worthy ideals to pursue. They also sound great on paper but are extremely difficult to achieve. Conflict is unavoidable.Weakness and sin will [...]