“While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity. He ran to the boy, clasped him in his arms and kissed him tenderly. Then his son said, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I … Continue readingAbba’s Mercy
“I have longed to share this meal with you,” Jesus told his friends as he sat down at the table with them for the Last Supper. (Luke 22:15) Just hear the depth of his human heart in that exclamation. He loved them passionately and he … Continue readingI Have Longed
“Victory to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” – Revelation 7:10 I painted this from the resurrection scene in The Passion of the Christ. I was listening to the music from that scene as I was praying and was so … Continue readingVictory
“Now at this time Caesar Augustus issued a decree for a census of the whole world to be taken. This census–the first–took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria, and everyone went to his own town to be registered. So Joseph set out from the … Continue readingGreat Joy
The Visitation “Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and … Continue readingThe Almighty Has Done Great Things for Me
“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, … Continue readingThe Holy Spirit will Come Upon You
“A leper now came up and bowed low in front of him. ‘Sir,’ he said, ‘if you want to, you can cure me.’ Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him and said, ‘Of course I want to! Be cured!’ And his leprosy was cured at once.” – Matthew … Continue readingOf Course I Want To!
One of my favorite themes is the relationship between Jesus and Mary. Probably because most of my life, I didn’t understand it very clearly. When reading Bible passages about them, I always saw them from such a distance, like robotic characters on a lifeless page. … Continue readingJesus and Mary’s Fun
Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about martyrs. All my life, the idea of martyrdom, though it seemed far from my own reality, has been one of my more plaguing fears. As I’ve pondered the idea of giving one’s whole life to love, it struck … Continue readingI Am Not Afraid. I was Born to Do This.
A reflection on the 23rd psalm. Yahweh is my shepherd. I lack nothing. He fills me right now with all I need to love, to be loved, to be at peace. He is my shepherd and he protects me and shows me the way. In … Continue readingYahweh is My Shepherd