Family relationships and vocational discernment

Family relationships and vocational discernment

I never fully realized how a mother feels when she loses her child in a crowd until I witnessed a heart wrenching scene a few summers ago. We were celebrating Mass in a beautiful plateau after a long hike while, during the homily, loud screams and sobs and hysterical yelling broke lose. A mother had finally found her youngteenage son, peacefully resting by a water fountain, waiting for the rest of his family to catch up on his fast-paced hike. She had been so anxious and possessed by fear at having lost him on the mountains, that when she finally found him all her emotions lashed out at once upon the poor boy. I think that all of my hiking companions spent the rest of that Mass praying for this woman and for her son, that they both may be granted healing from the...

Just around the river bend

Just around the river bend

This last month we found ourselves on a mesmerizing path in the mountains, discovering the beauty of creation with every step and with every turn. I propose that we continue our adventure, but this time discovering a New Land. For those who have never seen Walt Disney’s Pocahontas, we are told the story (in a roughly accurate historical representation) of a group of European explorers who, in their search for the much pursuedgold of North America, happen upon the Native Americans of the new world. While there is a plethora of themes offered us in just ninety minutes, originally designed for a younger audience, I desire to reflect on a scene that we are introduced to towards the beginning. Pocahontas is the onlydescendant of the Chief of their tribe. After her...

In the footsteps of the beloved disciple

In the footsteps of the beloved disciple

The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon (Jn. 1:35-39). One thing that has always perplexed me about the Gospel of John is how he refers to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (Jn. 13:23, 19:26, 21:7, 21:20). He does this at least four times! Why insist so much? Were not the other disciples...

The God Who Surprises Us

The God Who Surprises Us

“20 days ago I heard the call to follow God in the Focolari. I chose Him and to Him I want to give my whole self. I have no other plans in life than to do His Will. I would like to enter into the Focolari not for the joy or the beautiful atmosphere. I want to enter into the Focolari for Jesus Abandoned (on the Cross). The least I can do is to give my life in exchange for a little bit of His Immense Love.” My good friend Rino Zucchero wrote me these words when he had decided to consecrate his life to the Focolari movement. They echo the words of Psalm 116: “What will I give to the Lord for all he has given me?” (v. 12). At the beginning of every generous response to God’s call there seems to be an awareness that we are in debt; a debt that we can never repay....

Bold choices: Taking risks to follow the Master

Bold choices: Taking risks to follow the Master

louis vuittonWhat would you choose: a steamboat ride on the Mississippi, or white water rafting in the mountains? Before we attempt to answer this question, let’s take a step back and listen to this invitation from Pope Francis in a recent letter to young people: “Do not be afraid to listen to the Spirit who proposes bold choices; do not delay when your conscience asks you to take risks in following the Master.”[1] Taking risks isn’t always the most appealing prospect for us. A quick dictionary search for “risk” brings up some fairly daunting connotations: RISK: possibility of loss or injury: peril someone or something that creates or suggests a hazard the chance of loss or the perils to the subject matter of an insurance contract If taking risks can be so...

Woman, where are they?

Woman, where are they?

michael kors outlet onlineyeezy boost 350coach Outlet Stores1 Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 At daybreak he appeared in the Temple again; and as all the people came to him, he sat down and began to teach them. 3 The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman along who had been caught committing adultery; and making her stand there in the middle 4 they said to Jesus, ‘Master, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery, 5 and in the Law Moses has ordered us to stone women of this kind. What have you got to say?’ 6 They asked him this as a test, looking for an accusation to use against him. But Jesus bent down and started writing on the ground with his finger. 7 As they persisted with their question, he straightened up and said,...