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For the fire fighter, the soldier, the police officer, and the immigrant, love takes on a seemingly contradictory character. For the sake of their loved ones, they choose a path that forces them to depart from their loved ones for long…Listen
It's not a question of "if" but "when." When will I get into a conflict with someone? If you're alive and breathing, conflict is simply built into human interaction. There is no avoiding it.Listen
Why does God love you? Have you ever asked yourself that question? It's an awkward, strange one. Let me ask you something more earthly: Why do you love your wife? Your husband? Why do you love your children? Someone might respond, "Just…Listen
"Take up your cross," Jesus tells us in this Sunday's gospel reading from Matthew 16:21-27. The Twelve Disciples must have be horrified when they heard this command. In the first century, the cross meant something more sinister than the …Listen
The longest running institution in Western Civilization is the Catholic Church. 2,000 years and 266 popes later, the "rock" of St. Peter on which Jesus himself built his Church still stands. Is it because these men are extremely…Listen
A wildfire rages right now just outside the little town that I serve. If the wind was blowing in a slightly different direction, it could have devastated our community. Natural disasters such as this always reminds us of just how fragile…Listen
Before you try walking on water, look at St. Peter today in the Gospel reading from Matthew as an example of what not to do. In this famous miracle, the future first pope called out to Jesus to ask if he could join him standing on the…Listen
The only miracle of Jesus found in all four Gospels is the multiplication of the loaves and fish (Matthew 14:13-21). It must have left a powerful impression for Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to include it. For them, they saw the Old…Listen
Have you ever asked yourself, "What is the deepest desire of my heart?" It's an intense question! It would not surprise if you said "no". However, take a moment to consider it. What is the deepest desire of your heart? What do you long for…Listen
My heart is heavy. Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; Boston, Massachusetts; Brooklyn, New York; New Haven, Connecticut; St. Louis, Missouri; San Francisco and Sacramento.Listen