Blog Posts for "Grace"

“How can this be?”

Advent Weekday Luke 1:26-38 We can only imagine the flood of thoughts and emotions that were going through the mind of a young woman when she was visited by an angel and told that the Lord had chosen her of all those in history to be the mother of his Son.  Luke’s account of the Annunciation suggests at least two:  fear and confusion.  She was “deeply troubled” at what Gabriel told her and had trouble understanding what being “full of grace” and having the Lord with her really meant.  Further,...

Called: The Friar

This newest installment was filmed during the summer of 2015, and shows what friars in formation can look forward to. While the first movie had a lot of shock value due to the focus on my conversion, and more importantly God’s mercy, this second movie stands to show how I have integrated that part of my life into being a young friar, and how conversion is an ongoing process. I am so humbled to share this next installment of our “Called” project that began about eight years ago! This newest film...

More Than Who We Are

Genesis 3:1-24 This past weekend marked the close of the Olympic Games in Rio, and for all of the troubles and controversies have occurred (sorry, Ryan Lochte, et al.) we witnessed even more marvelous and inspiring performances from athletes like Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt and Simone Biles.  Personally, my favorite moment was watching South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk set a new world record in the 400m run:  43.03. One lap around the track in 43 seconds!! What made Van Niekerk’s performance even more compelling was that he was coached by a 74 year-old great-grandmother, Anna Botha....

Cultivating the Virtue of Humility

Tuesday of the 7th Week in Ordinary Time James 4:1-10; Mark 9:30-37 Martin Luther disparagingly called the Letter of James “the straw epistle” because what he perceived to be its emphasis on good works and ethical conduct over the saving grace of God.  But for something supposedly made of straw, it can still deliver a strong moral punch even centuries after it was written. The author of this letter was a realist and a sharp observer and critic of when the gospel was preached but not lived.  In today’s passage, for example, he excoriates...

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