Friday, June 28, 2013

Daily Point for Prayer

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Jesus will now spend the rest of his ministry bringing health and wholeness to where there is sickness and brokenness. He will bring light to where there is darkness; truth to where there is falsehood; and peace to where there discord.

St. Irenaeus of Lyon, whose feast we celebrate today, was a staunch and compassionate defender of the Catholic Faith. His main concern was preserving peace and unity in the church.

Today, this is our prayer: may we do our part to ensure peace and unity wherever we are called. Perhaps we need to preserve peace and unity in our home, our marriage, our work, other relationships, our church, our social circle.  Let's be nourished today by the Word, Eucharist and the Prayers of St. Irenaeus, that we be instruments of peace and unity.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Daily Point for Prayer

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Today, on the feast day of St. Cyril of Alexandria, we remember a bishop and teacher who was so convicted and steadfast in his Catholic faith that he endured a lifetime of derision and hardship from opposition. But he had built his house on solid rock; he had built his life on his Faith in Jesus Christ and on the Catholic Church and no matter what came his way, he would not be moved.

Today, my friends, let's pray for this same fortitude. Let's also pray for the gift of wisdom that allowed St. Cyril to pursue Truth, Faith, Hope and Love with untiring energy. Let's ask Cyril to pray for us, that we may be sustained in our Discipleship, in our Sonship and Daughtership to God the Father no matter what comes our way. Even if we are confronted with seemingly insurmountable hardship, opposition, even our own unworthiness. With the Spirit's gifts of Wisdom and Fortitude, we, like Cyril, will  not be moved!

In the words of Winston Churchill: "Never, never, never give up."


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Recommended Link and Book

A friend of mine recently gave me a book called Navigating the Interior Life.  Check it out here on Amazon.

It's part of a larger apostolate called Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction which is moderated by Dan Burke, a Catholic layperson and scholar.  He's got a great website/blog called "Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction".

Click here to go there.

Enjoy and let me know if you have a comment or question.

Peace to you,
Fr Craig

Daily Point for Prayer

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The invitation from the Lord today is two fold. From our first reading, we are invited to reflect back and to identify the good gifts that God has given us because of our fidelity and righteousness before him. The Lord has indeed blessed us: can we name those blessings and then with gratitude and humility, acknowledge the Giver of those gifts.

Secondly, Jesus invites us to bear fruit for Him. He wants us to work with him to bring about good things in the world. In what ways can we bear fruit for the Lord that will last? Perhaps in the way we hand on our faith and values to our children and grandchildren; the way in which we reach out in random acts of kindness; the way in which we love and give and forgive.  In these ways, we bring about fruit that reflects our faith in, and our Love for, Jesus Christ.

Today then, we give thanks for blessings received and we recommit ourselves to being instruments of God’s working in the world.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Daily Point for Prayer

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Notice what Jesus says: first the command- "Enter through the narrow gate." But then a stipulation - "The way is narrow, so is the gate, and few are those that will find it."

My friends, that "few" is us. This is doable. Discipleship, Christianity, is doable. And we are capable of being great disciples, great Christians, great people.

Today, as we engage the world and the people around us, let's remember that we are capable of being great disciples and are capable of doing Christianity well.  In our words and actions today, let's nail it, let people see in us Christ Jesus. We are can do it. We were made for it. It's who we are: we are other Christs.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Daily Point for Prayer

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As we celebrate the Birthday of St. John the Baptist we remember how his whole life, and death, was dedicated to preparing people's heart to hear Jesus's Gospel.  His whole life can be summed up from his own words, taken from John's Gospel: "Jesus must increase; while I must decrease"(Jn 3:30).

Today, as we go about our day and engage where we will, let's try to increase Jesus's presence in the world by our words and actions. When people, our family, our friends, colleagues, the people at the pool or wherever we're going today, see us, may we, through our words and actions, point them to Christ. May they see Jesus in us today. May we be prophets today and help in increase Jesus's presence in the world- working in and through us.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Homily - Sunday, June 23rd

Getting to Know You, Getting to Know all About You

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One of my favorite movie lines, comes from a movie starring John Travolta, Rene Russo, Danny Devito and Gene Hackman. There's also the bad guy of the movie, a gangster-type, whose name I can't remember. In the movie, Travolta's character is pitted against this bad guy; they have this altercation in a restaurant  and the two characters exchange glances and then the bad guy says to the good, "You don't know me, you only think you do."  There's a bit of irony there because at the end of the movie, the good guy gets the better of the bad guy precisely because he does know him- he knows all about him.

I have this movie scene in my mind as I reflect about our Gospel reading today. Here's Jesus with the 12; by this point in the Gospel they've been together for maybe 18 months and Jesus wants to see how well they know him. So he asks them and Peter, speaking for the group says, "You are the Messiah."  And he's write.  But Jesus responds, "Yeah, that's true, but there's more to me than that." Jesus then tells them, and he'll spend the next 18 months showing the disciples what it means to be the Messiah and how that means suffering and death for the salvation and redemption of the human race. And then Jesus tells them that they too will called to give their lives for the salvation and redemption of the world.

Today, Jesus asks us a question that each of must answer for ourselves: Do we know Jesus? How well do we know him and do we want to know him at a deeper level?

There is no limit to knowing Jesus: he is man; but he is also God and he is inviting you and I to know him in a deep, deep way.

Think of it this way: as we enter into relationships with people in our life, we don't know them in their totality immediately. Instead, it takes time and effort for us to really get to know the people in our life. Husbands and wives; children; colleagues, neighbors, priests and friends. It takes time and effort to get to know someone.

And Jesus's invitation for us is to really know him; to continue in getting to know him in a deeper way. Through prayer, the Eucharist, reading Scripture and spiritual books, by serving one another, especially those in need, we come to know Jesus better. And after a while, we may begin to think like him, act like him, speak like him, love, forgive and give like him. It's only a matter of time and effort- but that's what this Eucharist is all about.

Secondly, we look at our relationships with the people in our life. How well do we know them? Do we want to know them in a deeper and holier way?  Sometimes things like hurt and resentment, time and stress, can put distance between us and the people we love, even the people that we live with. This week, Jesus invites us to get to know them again, for the first, and better.  Perhaps we need to rediscover our spouse; or a sibling; or a child. Ask the Lord to lead you on a journey rediscover and come to know again the people that you care most about, especially those to whom you feel farthest from.

Be not afraid, this week, my friends of coming to know Jesus and the people in our life in a deeper way.  Knowing or rediscovering the people in our life makes life beautiful and our crosses easier to bear. Coming to know Jesus in a deeper way makes life beautiful and prepares us for an eternity with him where there are no Crosses, only empty tombs.


Article: God in the Marketplace

An interesting article I found on Yahoo News.

Click here.

Friday, June 21, 2013

June 21 Point for Prayer

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Point for Prayer

I think deep down Jesus is inviting us to fall farther and farther in Love with Him and with the people in our life. But He also warns us that as beautiful as falling in Love is, it does require some degree of sacrifice and, indeed, as we hear from St. Paul, suffering.

So, today lets pray for that Grace to fall deeper in Love with the Lord and with the people in our life.  And then ask for the Spirit's Gifts of Courage and Perseverance to support us when we experience the sacrifice and suffering that comes with that beautiful and life-giving experience of falling in Love.

A great poem/prayer from Father Pedro Arrupe.

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.

Back from Vacation


Vacation was great: family was great; beach was great; golf game not-so-great.  In the words of Meatloaf: "Two out of three ain't bad!"

Keep an eye on the blog here for daily Points for Prayer from the weekday homilies, as well as Sunday homilies and anything else I can think of to share.

Enjoy this first day of summer.

Peace and prayers for you and yours,
Fr Craig

Monday, June 3, 2013


Effective June 10th I'll begin a new assignment at St. Joseph's Parish in Cottleville, Mo (St. Charles County).

I do plan on resuming and continuing blog posts here.  Please check back here at the end of June and I'll have new things, including homilies, posted here.

Peace and prayers for you,
Fr Craig