Faith, Family, and Fatherhood — Matthew

When God says, "no".

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When God says, "no".

Feast of St. Lucy Matthew 11:28-30 On this day, 10 years ago, my wife and I loaded up my Chevy Malibu and headed East to CHOP, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia leaving 4 kids behind with my parents.  It was a snowy day much like it is today here in Columbus and a very dangerous trip with plenty of wrecks and jack-knifed tractor trailers along the way. We traveled to CHOP for a 2nd opinion by a world-renown eye specialist after our daughter Catherine was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, cancer of the retina.  We prayed harder than ever before.  We begged the...

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Trading My Yoke for His

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Trading My Yoke for His

Today's Gospel is three sentences, three.  Yet there is so much packed into those three sentences we could spend days talking about it. Jesus said: "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden light." (Matthew 11:28-30) My initial thoughts are: Who isn't burdened and laboring in some way?  What sort of rest?  What do you mean by yoke?  What does...

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How firm is your foundation?

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How firm is your foundation?

Matthew 7:21-27 "That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when the flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built." - Luke 6:48 WHEN the flood came.  WHEN the river burst against the house.  Notice it's not "if" this happens but "when".   The floods of life will come.  Jesus doesn't dance around this issue.  The floods will come to each and every one of us.  The floods of cancer, accidents, financial loss; they will come.  The river of...

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Only Say the Word!

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Only Say the Word!

Monday of the First Week of Advent - Matthew 8:5-11 "The prayer of the righteous man has great power in its effects." - James 5:16 This story, in the eighth chapter of Matthew's Gospel, is meant to show us both the authority of Jesus and the necessity of faith. Since Jesus' address in the synagogue in chapter 3 all the way through chapter 7, Jesus has been teaching. Chapter 7 ends with this verse, "And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes."...

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The Be-Attitudes of the Saints

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The Be-Attitudes of the Saints

Matthew 5:1-12a, Solemnity of All Saints Every week I challenge my children to listen or watch for a particular thing at Mass.  If they pay attention, and can answer my related question, I give out a prize.  Usually I ask them to fill in the blank from the Gospel, tell me what book a reading is from, or otherwise tell me something about the Gospel or Mass readings. Today they were challenged to count how many times they heard the word "blessed" since the Gospel was focused on the Beatitudes or Blessings of Jesus.  Much to my surprise, the answers...

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