They are Watching

In the Gospel of Luke Jesus teaches the Our Father to the disciples in response to a very beautiful question, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Lk 11:1). But I want to call attention to the beginning of this verse.

“He (Jesus) was praying in a certain place, and when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord teach us to pray” (Lk 11:1).

Did you catch that?

What was it that spurred the disciples to ask this question???

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I’ve been trying to share my Faith, but what do you do when you feel like all your efforts are coming up empty?

Have you ever asked yourself this question: "I’ve been trying to share my Faith, but what do you do when you feel like all your efforts are coming up empty?" 

I think everyone experiences this at some point: you feel you are trying your best, but nobody seems to be changing. You have been joyous and kind; you have been patient and firm; you have been praying for people and always keeping an eye open for the opportunity to share the Faith, yet no one has signed up for RCIA or seems to be running for the Confessional.

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Create a Home Like in Nazareth

Earlier this week we celebrated the feast day of the Solemnity of the Annunciation, which to be honest probably does not get the attention it deserves considering this is the moment of the Incarnation, "the Word became Flesh" (Jn 1:14).

However, for me the feast day called to mind our trips to the Holy Land in which we are privileged to visit the town of Nazareth.

Today, Nazareth is a sprawling city with over 60,000 residents. It boast of the largest Arab population, made up of about 70% Muslims and 30% Christians...

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Bad Weather Friend - PART 1

On Tuesday, as we were having lunch with Bishop Robert Gruss of the Diocese of Rapid City, I felt my phone vibrate with a notification and at the same time I heard Tony’s phone give off a notification sound as well.

I had a bad feeling it was not good news…sure enough…our flights for the next day were canceled because Winter Storm Ulmer was knocking on the door. The prediction…PAIN…8 to 18 inches of snow with gust up to 60mph!!!!

On Wednesday our flights were again canceled leaving us with the hope of heading home on Friday. Praying to the Lord that we could get home to see our family during this extremely busy time of Lent for Casting Nets.

This prayer reminded me of being a Bad Weather Friend…

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Bad Weather Friend - PART 2

Last week I shared with you about how Tony and I were stuck in Rapid City for two extra days because of a blizzard that bore down on the upper Midwest.

During times of trouble in our lives we many times find it easy to turn to the Lord for His providence and help, however when the sun is out and weather is clear we too often forget about relying on the God of the Universe, hence we are many times just a Bad Weather Friend.

But…storms in our lives also bring opportunity for forming new Bad Weather Friends in our life…

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