Written Devotional

The Hard Work of Baring Your Soul

Posted By Post Date: February 23, 2022

Everybody seems to have the same dream at one time or another. For me, it was a dream where I had a big presentation in front of a large crowd, and in my dream, I forgot my pants! Embarrassed and humiliated, I ran off stage wondering how I could...

This Week’s Homily – The Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Posted By Post Date: February 22, 2022

Approaching Great Lent, the Church gives us the wisdom of the Story of the Prodigal Son. We are challenged to escape the spiritual slavery of either ignoring the brokenness of my life or being so obsessed with my mistakes that I am gripped by guilt and shame. We will...

Divine Dust

Posted By Post Date: February 22, 2022

“By the time we got to Woodstock…” Sorry, in advance for putting that song in your head for the rest of the day. But there is one quote more from that famous Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young song I want to share: “We are stardust, we are golden, we...

The Paradox of Trusting God

Posted By Post Date: February 21, 2022

It’s a paradox. A paradox is a concept that we humans, especially we humans shaped and formed by post-Enlightenment secularism, have a hard time grasping. Paradox makes us uncomfortable. It feels like a “problem” to be “solved.” That’s why we humans stumble over paradox. You know what I mean, don’t you?...

Grace For Every Stage of Life!

Posted By Post Date: February 18, 2022

“I wish I were older!” Those were my words to my mother when I was a teenager and longed for the “freedom” of being an adult! If I only knew then what I know now! Bills, taxes, responsibilities, ugh! Can I take it back and go back to being...

Don’t Be Ashamed to Repent!

Posted By Post Date: February 17, 2022

St. John Chrysostom declares “Be ashamed when you sin, not when you repent.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had people confide in me that they don’t go to confession because they are ashamed. What a brilliant trick of the evil one! The very medicine that would...

Where Is the Promise of His Coming?

Posted By Post Date: February 16, 2022

Waiting has never been my strength. I’m the kind of person who would ask the Lord for patience and then add “and please give it to me right now!” Yep, that’s me, alright! But there is great wisdom in learning to wait. In fact, one of the greatest gifts...

What Is Salvation? – A New Video From Fr. Barnabas

Posted By Post Date: February 15, 2022

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Of Your Own Free Will

Posted By Post Date: February 15, 2022

It seems we humans never tire of talking about Freedom. But what is freedom? During a dark time in human history slavery of one form or another was the norm in human societies. Our own nation, The United States, fought a war with ourselves over this blight on human...

Me and Jesus Got Our Own Thing Going! Really?

Posted By Post Date: February 14, 2022

In 1972 America was experiencing an amazing movement among young people called “The Jesus Movement.” Jesus was the “hero” of a lot of the youth of the day! And I was right there in the middle of it. At 12 years old and about to step into my teenage...