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Table of contents: October 7, 2012

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Whisper

He is speaking but
are we listening?
or rather
do we even care?
too much interference
social and financial goals
problems at work or home
or both
so little time to
do so much
it's easy to say:
at least I go to Church
well, sometimes or
maybe when I'm
pestered to go
but I don't
get much out of it anyway
so why torture myself
let my wife take the kids
that'll take care of it all
then reality strikes a discord
whether it be
job loss/lay off
any one or combination
to learn that
life is fragile and fleeting
many times unstable
with heartache and sorrow
as unwelcomed visitors
things change
sometimes drastically
now, I'm listening but
don't hear anything except
echoes in my anxious mind
stability fades away
searching ascends while
darkness decends
only to find that
control is a fantasy
so is self-reliance and
in the end bring
insecure self-absorbtion
it is solely surrender that
opens my heart to
know the One who
gave Himself up for me
in an encounter that
changes everything
He is real and alive
and Loves me
so I decide to give myself
over into His Hands
to follow and serve Him first
for Love is always
reaching out
the first to speak
actively not passively
with longing not indifference
deep within
piercing my defenses
resting in my soul
only then to recognize
His whisper

-Do you take the time to listen to the Lord?
-How can you practically do that?
-How do you discern if it really is the Lord?
-How does Sacred Scripture help you discern His word to you?
-Talk about this with someone who prays each day.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

True Intimacy

though unexpressed
even assumed
often undeveloped and
more often than not
true intimacy
beckons us from within
like a lonely whimper
in the night
longing for love
yearning to be held
while telling no one
requiring more than
repetitious pledges of
affection despite
colliding schedules
self-sufficient values
self-fulfillment goals and
self-protective habits
drive each into
and finally
alone and abandoned
questioning what happened
what am I missing
where do I go from here
but Love's Reality
intervenes our
forlorn condition when
washed by water and blood
from a pierced side
renewed by the Spirit
we open ourselves to
knowing and being known
accepting humility's
admission of guilt
pleas of forgiveness and
commitment to change
by guarantied Grace and
Trinitarian Unity
step by step
beginning with authentic
rooted in a vulnerabilty
that reveals the true self
in a transparent journey of
I and Thou
husband and wife
friend to friend
risking to
love as I desire to be loved
courageously accepting the
possibility of
getting hurt or
being rejected yet
a process of Divine
transformation to live out
our actual selves in
true intimacy

Saturday, March 7, 2015


beyond measure
Mercy's Gracious Gift
uplifts our weariness
like wings in
unseen drafts
soaring in
Unity's cooperation                                                                                                  
intuitively knowing
that it is all
O if we could only
always wait in
hope-filled anticipation
spreading our wings
confident that
we too shall soar
that Love surely
comes as the dawn
even though we
sometimes linger with
darkened emotions
battered by storms
often beyond our control in
tests of faithfulness
as those who languished
between the Crucifixion
and the Resurrection
a mystical balm
assured by
Sacred Oath
learned by repetitions
that we truly can
rely upon the One
who lives within
a Power without
yet gentle in offering
an immovable Rock
humility's request
removes the
bravado of self-reliance
a deception of our Enemy
rooted in the pride of life
reluctant to let go the
reins of control to the
One who surrendered all
for us so that we
could walk in freedom
secured by Grace
beyond measure

Thursday, November 13, 2014


dissatisfied with the lesser
craving the greater
He is calling you
onward and upward
beyond your limitations and
estimated boundaries of success
a way of proceeding rooted in
Grace's foundation and
ongoing transformation
a dependency following the
mere gestures of the Master
whom you desperately pursue
spurred on by the Spirit to
seek His Holiness
His Will to be
set apart for His Purposes to
bring His Love
His Saving Word to
lost souls
tortured by sin
living-out the deception that
this world will bring them the
fulfillment for which they yearn
a fanciful happiness rather than
that which only Jesus can bring
as they die to self-centeredness
yielding to self-sacrificial Love
it is in seeking the more that
His Kingdom rises from the
ashes of the Offering with
which you have entwined yourself
His Mission is your mission
your daily concern
which makes
knowing your own
even more critical to go
higher up
further on
deeper into
His Passion to bring
Mercy to the sinner
Light to those in darkness
Healing to the wounded
Meaning to the seeker
Life to the dying
Love to the lovelorn
Vision to the blind
Glory to the enslaved
there are greater needs
greater challenges out there
requiring even
greater desires
greater goals and the
"what if's" of
Passionate Love
with foot raised
ready to proceed
detached from your
former ways
familiar fears
limitations of vision
unfettered from
this world's allurements
poised to creatively
win the race of
Life v Death
your heroic calling

-What does "Magis" mean?
-How could living by "Magis" change your perspective?
-How can "Magis" affect your prayer life? Service? Marriage? Work? Evangelistic outreach?

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Seduction

turning away from
nature's self-evident reality
God's innate plan for
human sexuality as is
plainly shown in
our physical bodies
from the beginning
turning towards
satan's seduction
attempting to fill an
unfulfilled need by
celebrating a
false identity
unfounded at birth but
nurtured by
sin's rebellion
fondled by pride's
notoriously destructive
propensities whereby
compulsive desires overpower          
creation's truths
which flourish and sustain life
while proposing
risky lifestyles which are
not only objectively unhealthy but
are presented as
progressive enlightenment
to which all are
expected to bow down as
idols of a
radical social utopia where
tolerance is only a
tool in the war
against religious liberty
where free debate is an
unwarranted option when
social engineering is god as
young minds and hearts
become fodder for
the new society
a captive audience
ripe for indoctrination and
ready for confusion
where true is false
false is true
right is wrong
wrong is right
no one can say
no one can object
all must submit
without a peep or the
hammer of demonization
will be unleashed
at the so-called
bigots and haters of  the
persecuted minorities
Christian morality is
portrayed as
no longer moral
nor Christian and
relegated to the
dregs of bygone centuries
but know this:
it is not out of hate but Love
that speaks the Truth in Mercy
offering freedom
bringing Holiness to
those who are
willing to
turn to Jesus
forsake sin
receive forgiveness
claim their true Identity as
Sons and Daughters of God
experience they are Loved for
who they are in their
inmost being
live a New Life
be clothed in the same
Chastity to which
all are called to
take up the cross
follow the narrow way in the
Power of the Spirit
Strength in our weakness
bringing as many as possible
to know the
Joy of His Love

-How can we grow in understanding God's plan for family life?
-Try to explain in a few sentences, in your own words, His plan for family life?
-Read the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2331-2391
-How does satan's seduction come into play?
-How does our physical bodies evidence God's plan for sexuality?
-Suggest to your parish priest to talk about this topic.
-What is the basis of our identity?
-Is homosexuality a healthy lifesytle? Why/not?
-Is disagreement with someone's lifestyle "hateful"? Why/not?
-How are single/married people to live lives of Chastity?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Holy One

finding myself
ultimately unworthy yet
ushered into
His Presence
I could only
turn away at the
Magesty of
His Holiness
humbled by the One
whose perfect Love
was beyond the
limitations of my humanity to
nothing in this earthly life
before or after
compared to or explained
such a Reality
it captured a familiar longing
planted deep within and
long ago at my second birth
but now finding fruition
as a fulfillment of the
hidden Divination in myself
yearning to blossom
though never fully realizing
what that meant nor
that it was even missing
I dared not peek
I could only Be there
falling spontaneously into
silent adoration
receiving an acceptance
without compremise
apprehension or effort
recognizing in His Presence
an undeserved Love
generous in Giving
rich in Mercy
pure in Joy so that
I never wanted to
leave His Presence
have nothing more nor less
but only now
beginning to realize that-
though not always perceived-
He is always Present
it is only I who am absent
forgetting His Love
off into my own world of
my own little kingdom of
false gods into whose
presence I rush headlong by
momentary excursions into
illusions of fulfillment
or anxiously emersing myself into
this world's daily needs
interests or proclivities
sometimes good and
begrudgingly necessary
but never reason enough to
remove myself from His Presence
now I need to constantly
remind myself to
know that only
One Thing is Necessary-
to Be... in the Presence of
The Holy One
there to find my
Alpha and Omega
my all in All
my place of Rest
Come Lord Jesus

-Do you have a reverential sense of God's Holiness?
-What can you do to show your reverence to the Lord?
-How can Eucharistic Adoration increase your reverence?
-Do you reverence the Name of God/Jesus?
-What can you do when others disrespect the Lord in your presence?
-How can you show reverence in your personal prayer?
-How can listening to Christian Worship music increase your devotion/reverence to the Lord?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Chance

you don't
really understand
what the big deal is
about Jesus but
you think you do
you vaguely
remember when
you were a kid
preparing for your
First Confession
First Communion
then later
they made you go to Mass
even your parents who
didn't always go
made you go all the time
'till finally
they stopped forcing you
because of all your pushback
nobody else was really into it
so why should you be
the only one
then came College
and it was
crazyness personified and
God wasn't even an issue
it's the stress of  trying to
get a job
then a better one
bills to pay
relationship challenges
while adjusting to the
responsibility of
our first child coming soon
sometimes in the
interruptions of life
thinking back on my history
and questioning
what if
there was something more there
than I realized
what if
Jesus was who
He said He was
what if
it was ALL TRUE
some of my fellow workers
seem to experience
more than I ever did and
have something I don't
they talk about Jesus as
someone Real and Alive
who loves them and
they love Him
it's hard to understand
when all is said and done
I'd like to have what they have
they seem pretty happy
even though they deal with some of
the same stuff I do
I don't know
sometimes it's confusing
but maybe
I should take a chance
like they've suggested
make that decision to
ask Him to
show me if He's real
start there
then maybe to
come into my life as my
Lord and Savior
when and if
He does show me
at least I'd know if
what they're saying is
true or not and
if it is true
it'll change everything
but if it's not true
I haven't lost anythimg
I'm looking for more
there's got to be more than
what I've seen up to now
well....why wait?
I want to know you
help me to know you
reveal yourself to me
show me if you are real
if you're alive
show me
I want to know
your Love
know you
follow you.....
and... after many days of
countless requests
without a resonse
in the quiet stillness of the night
a surprise intimacy uploads
an unfamiliar tear and
unraps an unexpected Gift...

-What is your religious/spiritual background?
-Are you interested in taking a chance to see if He is real?
-If not, what is holding you back?
-Do you see the value in moving forward?
-Who can you talk to about moving forward?