Blog Posts from April, 2018

The Persistence of Persecution, The Greater Persistence of Mission

Religion-and-politics-492x328 Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Easter Acts 8:1b-8; John 6:35-40 The persecution of the church is a fact from the earliest days of its existence.  Today in some countries it is sporadic and at other times more systematic and sustained.  In some places it is explicit and direct, and in other places it is more indirect but nonetheless real.  In other places the rights of the church are limited by secularization and attempts to balance the rights of the church and believers against the conflicting rights of others.

Episode 67 - Chiapas

Dsc 0544-1170x789 On this week's Tap Into Life Podcast, Br. Vito and Br. MJ discuss their trip and pilgrimage to Chiapas, Mexico.  They explain why they are going to Chiapas and how the Liturgy is celebrated.  Br. Vito also talks about his previous trip to Chiapas. Here's an article from America magazine about Chiapas, Mexico. Want to help the friars get more listeners?  It's simple, please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts and on Google Play.  This helps other listeners find the podcast.  This is the only and the easiest way to support

Moving Toward the Light

Light shining1 “Do you prefer the light or the darkness?”  That’s the question that Jesus asks us today.  At first it seems like an easy question to answer.  But we all know that it’s not that easy in practice.  We’re all sinners.  We all fail to perfectly follow Jesus.  We sometimes choose the darkness.  The good news is that Jesus is our light.  Even in the deepest darkness, Jesus is there for us.  As he told Nicodemus, “For God did not send his Son

Dr. King and Communion

Usmc-09611 Wednesday in the Octave of Easter Acts 3:1-10; Luke 24:13-35   Fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.  It was a great loss for this nation and for the world.  He was a great advocate for justice and nonviolent change in society.  In one of his great sermons, “The Drum Major Instinct” (based on Mark 10:35-45) he said, “I won't have any money to leave behind. I won't have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave