An Encouraging Word

An Encouraging Word – Knowledge vs. wisdom

Everything is lawful for me, but not everything is beneficial. I Corinthians 6:12 For me, The Dr. Phil Show can be disturbing, especially when he exposes some of the frightening trends among the young. Recently, he did a show on vicious cyber bullying, featuring two young women who were mortal enemies and who were using […]

An Encouraging Word – Home sweet home

Come away and rest a while. Mark 6:31 Vacation time! Most take them; some simply avoid them for various reasons. Some people take them religiously, often going to the same spot like a favorite beach, a cabin in the mountains or a second home in the country. Others are like the woman from the mountains […]

An Encouraging Word – Hope is more powerful than despair

An Encouraging Word – Hope is more powerful than despair

Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence. I Peter 3:15,16 I read something attributed to Oscar Hammerstein II that I have found profound and inspiring — profound enough to get my attention and inspiring enough to motivate […]

An Encouraging Word — Living alone

An Encouraging Word — Living alone

It is not good for the man to be alone. Genesis 2:18 One of my favorite commercials is the one from the GEICO Insurance Company in which a frantic frontier woman runs after a cowboy yelling, “Jesse, don’t go!” The cowboy yells back, “I’m sorry, Daisy, but I’m a loner, and a loner’s got to […]

An Encouraging Word – Limited by fear

Fear is useless. Luke 8:50 It still happens after all these years. I get on a plane by myself heading out to some far-flung diocese to face hundreds of priests and realize that I am overcome with fear and doubt — fear of rejection and doubt about my capabilities. Even though I haven’t had a […]

An Encouraging Word — Deliberately Catholic

An Encouraging Word — Deliberately Catholic

Keep God’s command without blame or reproach. I Timothy 6:14 Many of us are familiar with the famous G. K. Chesterton quote, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.” Just as true, I believe, is that Catholicism has not been tried and found wanting. […]

You can’t go home again

You can’t go home again

We have given up our homes. Jeremiah 9:18 The phrase “you can’t go home again,” from the title of a 1940 novel by Thomas Wolfe, has entered American speech to mean that once you have left your country town for the city you cannot return to your previous way of life and any attempts to […]