Please continue to pray for the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines….It is painful to look at images from this disaster, which show whole cities destroyed and bodies lying in the streets. It is hard for us to believe that this sort of destruction can really happen, and it is frightening to think that hundreds of years of making and building can be wiped out in a few moments. It makes us wonder if the things that we do are really worth the effort.
This why Jesus teaches us to store up treasure in Heaven, not on earth (Matthew 6:19-20). We can see the treasure we have on earth, but we cannot see the treasure in Heaven, and so it is tempting to focus on things that build up our earthly wealth. One of the reasons why God allows terrible weather is to help us realize the truth that nothing in this world is guaranteed to last, and we should not invest all our time in them. Continue reading »
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God is life; He shares His life with His creatures. If we reject the Lordship of God, we separate ourselves from God and cut off the source of His life. This leads to spiritual death now, and death forever.
Jesus was sent to earth with the mission to win the victory once and for all over sin and death by fully accepting the Lordship of the Father. He left the Church with this same mission. We are called to accept the Lordship of God and so experience this victory over sin and death. We are also called to bring others to Jesus, and to bring Jesus to others.
Each and every Baptized and Confirmed Catholic is part of the mission of the Church. God has not only given us a mission, but also gifts to accomplish this mission. We need your gifts. Pray for God to show you your gifts that you might accomplish your mission, because the Gospel is a matter of life and death.
(10 Nov 2013)
Like the Sadducees in today’s Gospel, we often assume that life in Heaven is a lot like life on earth, only with better food, and no one gets fat. Jesus corrects that interpretation, teaching us that those who are chosen for Heaven will receive a new life that is completely transformed, that we call “eternal life.” The truth that eternal life is waiting for us should give us courage to face all life’s difficulties without fear.
Ordinary Time, 31st Sunday. Our universe is so enormous, it’s hard to comprehend the size of it. Yet compared to God, it is nothing more than a grain of sand or a drop of dew. Amazingly, God still loves us and seeks us. Of all the people in Jericho, only the sinner Zacchaeus was really seeking Jesus. And it turns out that Jesus had been seeking Zacchaeus. Are you seeking the Lord? Then He will find you. (3 Nov 2013)
The Bible teaches us the striking truth that, compared to God, this whole world is less than a pebble. Yet despite the fact that we are so miniscule, God knows each of us and God calls us by name. God calls us and invites us out of our own little boxes in order to live in His love, and this is the meaning of life.
The Solemnity of All Saints celebrates the dead who are in Heaven with God. We were made for God and we only find our true purpose when we become like God. The saints are praying and rooting for us to find God and become happy and holy. Yesterday I discovered the secret to being a saint: Do the will of God and you will be BLESSED. (1 Nov 2013)
The baptized on earth, the souls in Purgatory, and the saints in Heaven all form one great big family called the Church. The Greek word for Church, ecclesia, means “the gathering” or “assembly.” God is gathering His children from the four corners of the earth, and from all of history. The Holy Spirit is tugging us to join this gathering, and we need to choose whether we are going to rise with the Saints, or stay stuck in the muck.
My work as a priest involves a good deal of writing, including letters, articles, and longer documents. I supplement this by occasionally writing a book, and so I spend a fair amount of time in Microsoft Word.
The Office 2007 interface uses a series of toolbars called ribbons. The ribbon interface means that a lot of buttons I rarely use are right in front of me, while I have to flip back and forth between the ribbons to find the commands I use all the time (I wrote my doctoral thesis in LibreOffice, which works like the old Office interface).
I recently discovered that you can build a custom interface for Microsoft Office by taking full advantage of the Quick Access Toolbar.
1. Right click on the Quick Access Toolbar or on the top of the Ribbon and click “Show Quick Access Toolbar Below the Ribbon”
2. Click again and choose “Customize the Quick Access Toolbar…”
3. Add all the commands you want
4. Click again and choose “Minimize the Ribbon” (This is not strictly necessary but it makes the interface much cleaner. The Ribbon is still instantly accessible whenever you want it).
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