Which is my strength?

If we had to take a quiz, which virtue would we have to cultivate and which weakness would we have to work to overcome?

St. Francis wrote an admonition that addresses this. I thought I’d share it, because so many people, especially Catholics on all sides of the spectrum are walking around with worries, anger, frustration, and other feelings that take away their interior peace and create noise where there should be interior silence.

Which of virtue do you have to work on?

Read St. Francis’ admonition and examine yourself.

Of the Virtues putting Vices to flight

Where there is charity and wisdom there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility there is neither anger nor worry. 1 Where there is poverty and joy there is neither cupidity nor avarice. Where there is quiet and meditation there is neither solicitude nor dissipation. Where there is the fear of the Lord to guard the house the enemy cannot find a way to enter. Where there is mercy and discretion there is neither superfluity nor hard-heartedness

Published in: on July 12, 2014 at 7:57 PM  Leave a Comment  

How does morality define discrimination?

If this is true, our country is spiraling out of moral control. Refusing to pay for contraception, abortifacients and anything that violates moral law is not discrimination against women. Discrimination is denying someone what the person has a natural right to have.

Medicare pays a fraction for hearing aids. Many older people have hearing problems. It refuses to pay for prescription glasses without a copay. Most older people need glasses and live on fixed incomes. Medicare clients paid their share of. FICA for years. The current HHS mandate requires no copayment or premium on the part of the employee. Which of the two groups is a victim of discrimination? Discrimination is a grave sin.

When a society discriminates against the elderly, few people notice; because most seniors are part of the voiceless. The Culture of Death has found a voice in the public square.

The Franciscans of Life need everyone’s help to turn the Culture of Death into a Culture of Life. This is our moral obligation as human beings. Let us pray that people will look at these issues and see them as God sees them.

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Published in: on July 9, 2014 at 5:49 PM  Leave a Comment  

Lawrence Welk, the Mind and God

I believe that the human mind is the best proof that there is a God whose awesome power and knowledge is unsurpassable. The human mind remains one of the most remarkable mysteries in human existence.
Think about it. Nothing is ever lost. Every event, person, emotion, thought or concept that you ever met, experienced and learned is meticulously stored. It is all possible, because God made it possible. He does not play dice with humanity. We’re not God’s idea of a game of chance.

I was watching a show on the construction of the Statue of Liberty on PBS and I fell asleep. The next show was an old Lawrence Welk show. When I was a little boy, Lawrence Welk and Ed Sullivan were family rituals. My mind must have incorporated the show in the background with one of those wonderfully stored memories. I awoke thinking that I was in my childhood home, with my brothers and sister. The first this I did when I woke up was to call out, “Mommy!”

It took me a few seconds to realize that I was not there, but in the here and now. My mommy went to heaven many years ago. But thanks to God’s incredible wisdom, power and kindness, those memories are very much alive and once in a while, He blesses us with recall. Even the saddest memories are important, because they increase the value and meaning of the happy memories. This reminds me of a question that people often ask me.

“Why did you study neuropsychology and mystical theology as well?” The reason is simple. The study of the mind without religion is lame and religion without understanding the human mind is blind. The truth is that God is very simple; but if He didn’t make Himself complicated, we would never understand Him.

The next time you have doubts about the existence of God, ask yourself if you mind exists. It can’t be examined under a microscope either.

Published in: on July 6, 2014 at 8:32 PM  Leave a Comment  

“And you . . . who do you say I am?”

I don’t think this needs any explanation.

Thanks to Raul Carmine Camarca who produced, directed and was kind enough to allow the Franciscans of Life the honor of sharing this excellent meditation with our friends.

Published in: on July 3, 2014 at 11:39 AM  Leave a Comment