21 September 2013

You have to trust God

“God is in everyone’s life. Even if the life of a person has been a disaster, even if it is destroyed by vices, drugs or anything else—God is in this person’s life.

You can, you must try to seek God in every human life.

Although the life of a person is a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow.

You have to trust God.”

17 September 2013

Pope Francis reportedly considering denim vestments

...and other reforms under consideration


"You gotta kick at the darkness until it bleeds daylight..."

“The more you get involved in the groups that are doing wonderful work in the church the more you will be filled with joy in being a Catholic. The corruption, scandal and heresy will fade away like shadows. You will see clearly what you should be doing and it will be positive, life filled and life giving. You will soon see all the good that is going on and the bad you see will fade in importance.

Finally, remember this, we are engaged in a spiritual battle. Why did you think that the church would be free from corruption, scandal, indifference and heresy? It has always been like this and it always will be. Read church history. The complainers and protesters never accomplished very much. The saints did. The saints confronted corruption with radiant lives of simplicity and power. They skewered scandal with radiant lives of purity and goodness. They overwhelmed indifference with radiant lives of zeal and joy. At times they spoke out against the scandal, indifference and corruption, but they always did so based on the authority of their own powerful sanctity.

In other words, overwhelm the world with the light, life and beauty of Christ alive in you.

Don’t curse the dark.

Set alight a life ablaze with glory and goodness.”

– Fr. Dwight Longenecker

11 September 2013

St. Peter Claver

“We must speak to them with our hands before we speak to them with our lips.”

Not a day

Not a day passes over the earth but men and women of no note do great deeds, speak great words, and suffer noble sorrows.

-- Charles Reade

06 September 2013

Elie Wiesel...

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.


Beauty is rarely soft or conciliatory.  Quite the contrary.  Genuine beauty is always quite alarming."  from Donna Tart's "Secret History"

04 September 2013

Mother Teresa

"Love begins at home. Everything depends on how we love each other. Do not be afraid to love until it hurts, for this is how Jesus loved."

Let the stumbling block become the corner stone...

God has done everything possible to make you the unique saint that our world needs right now. The only thing that is in your way is probably yourself.

02 September 2013

Good Theology

If your understanding of the divine made you kinder, more empathetic, and impelled you to express sympathy in concrete acts of loving-kindness, this was good theology. But if your notion of God made you unkind, belligerent, cruel, of self-righteous, or if it led you to kill in God's name, it was bad theology.

~ Karen Armstrong, The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness

01 September 2013

Door of Integrity

Once you get to know them...

Far too smart...

Raw Love

Time and pressure...

If I've learned...

If I’ve learned anything from video games, it is that when you meet enemies, it means that you’re going in the right direction.

Keep the darkness at bay...



5 in white...

Try to imagine...

Only if it's the right things...

Sign at the Grand Canyon...


Once They All Believed In Dragons
Once they all believed in dragons
When the world was fresh and young,
We were woven into legends,
Tales were told and songs were sung,
We were treated with obeisance,
We were honored, we were feared,
Then one day they stopped believing--
On that day, we disappeared.
Now they say our time is over,
Now they say we've lived our last,
Now we're treated with derision
Where once we ruled unsurpassed.
We must make them all remember,
In some way we must reveal
That our spirit lives forever--
We are dragons! We are real!
~ © Jack Prelutsky