is my prayer like that of St. Paul?

In today’s first reading at Mass, Philippians 1:1-11, St. Paul says to his new converts:

“And this is my prayer:  that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge  and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.” 169 more words


The scales were tipped and I was feeling guilty


I just got home from a party given by friends, Kyeonghi and Bernard, of the Buffalo church we attend.

Thirty-five people showed up, many wearing hilarious wigs in honor of my (still) hairless days. 928 more words

Thinking Thursday: The Great Promises of God 2 Peter 1:3-4

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 758 more words

Thinking Thursday

Intercessory Prayer

Intercessory prayer, what a beautiful blessing for all concerned! A number of years ago I had the privilege on two different occasions to speak in a fine church in the New Orleans area. 1,371 more words

Abundant Life

Born of water and of the Spirit

I would suppose that one of the most controversial verses in all the Bible is John 3:5, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God (KJV).” That verse has become a major source of division among several different Christian denominations. 1,374 more words

Abundant Life

Dear Lord, Increase My Compassion

Compassion! What a wonderful attribute! Are you aware of the fact that the word, compassion, appears 98 times in the New American Standard Bible. And yet it is an emotion often lacking in many of God’s children, me included. 1,095 more words

Abundant Life

a reflection for today

I know that no matter what rain, wind, or lightning may occur in my life, God never changes!

God never changes.  Who is this God that never changes?  159 more words