For several days now I have sat down at my computer to post about what is going on in this country and I haven’t been able to get any words down. Anger, bewilderment, and sadness have clouded my thoughts.I have been left speechless…
I have often thought it was time for Christians to prepare themselves for a heroic and public witness of faith. There is a martyrdom coming. I do not know if it will be a martyrdom of blood and death but we better be ready to stand against an unprecedented hostility. We must pray for our Bishops and Priests to continue to speak out and we must prepare for the consequences.
Everytime I get a chance to hear the news someone says, “this is the most important election of our countries history!” While I believe this to be true I also know there is only one solution to the real problems our society is facing. God has solved problems like ours before. Not through politics, with money, job markets, media, think tanks or even conservative ideas (although these will help). God solves problems with Saints. We don’t need just one new president we need many new saints.
God is asking you to solve the problems of the country…even the problems of the world! Do not stress about this. You need not worry about plans, programs, organizations politics and big ideas. Holiness is what will change the world. God uses holy people. He needs holy people.
I am disgusted by President Obama’s actions. But a move like this was bound to happen. Darkness cannot parade around as light. We walk as children of light and children of darkness will always try to extnguish us. Bothers and Sisters let us rise against this injustice. Let us fight this growing hostility to a culture of life and a kingdom of God. Let us be Saints…
Last night the parish I work for was blessed to host Ivan Dragicevic who for 27 years has been receiving messages from the Blessed Mother. The apparition happened around 6:40pm and after that he spoke for over an hour about Our Lady of Medjugorje and Her important mission here on earth.
I was blown away by the simplicity of the messages. He highlighted, conversion, prayer of the heart, reading scripture, the eucharist, confession, adoration, rosary, fasting, prayer in the family and a few other things I can’t remember but they too were just simple ways to live the radical catholic life and grow closer to the heart of Jesus. These messages are nothing but the heart of the Gospel presented in a simple and compelling way.
One particular part of Her message is that she wishes for Catholics to pray for 3 hours a day. The 3 hours would include all the prayer and meditation you do throughout the day but it is certainly a radical challenge.
I believe that if even a few Catholics from every parish would live the Medjugorje message the world would change greatly. She has come as the Queen of Peace and Her desire is to bring peace to the hearts of all. I was convicted to enter more deeply into the spiritual life and after the apparition I felt the strength try and live Her message. I pray that Her mission and message will continue to spread throughout the earth.
Our Lady of Medjugorje…Pray for us.
Queen of Peace…Bring peace to our hearts.
A Mountain, A Battle, A Race, A Consuming Fire, A Romance…The Dynamic of a Relationship to a Jealous God
There are many analogies we can use to explain our relationship with God…Not one of them is boring or even casual. We are in a relationship with a jealous God, and He intensely desires every last part of us. Our journey to His heart is anything but easy, quick or monotonous. This is why we describe our Journey to the Lord using imagery like climbing a mountain, fighting a battle or running a race. We need to climb, battle, run and romance our way into deeper relationships with our God.
What analogies could be used to identify your relationship with our Lord? I would suggest to you that if it’s something boring easy or nonchalant then you are lying to yourself about who God is and what he wants from us. Our Lord is a Consuming fire waiting to burn away our selfishness and all that is not of Him. Our Lord is luring us to relationship with Him.
Climb the Mountain…
Fight the Battle…
Run the Race…
Cast yourself into the Fire…
Enter the Romance…
God is Calling…
Only God deserves complete self-abandonment by a man, since only God can wholly contain what God wholly created! Nevertheless, the reckless venture of passionate love, for all its tragic drama, may be the best school for the love of Christ. Witness St. Augustine.
Dave VanVickle is a Catholic speaker and writer focusing on the Universal Call to Holiness and Authentic Catholic Spirituality. He is currently employed as the Director of Evangelization for the parishes of the Catholic Community of Wexford, PA.