We will serve the Lord, our God, and obey his voice

Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary We will serve the Lord, our God, and obey his voice. (Joshua 24:24) Think of a sailor out on a boat in the ocean. His map shows a straight line to his destination, but the boat is being buffeted by the winds and the currents. It’s his job to keep the boat on course. Now think of God as that sailor and the people in this passage as the boat. They had been buffeted by the ups and downs of their journey through...

Read More

His mercy endures forever

His mercy endures forever.  Saint Stephen of Hungary (Optional Memorial) Both today’s psalm (Psalm 136:1) and the first reading tell us about the faithfulness of God.   They both recount all that God had done in delivering the Israelites from slavery:   he led his people through the wilderness, battled their enemies, and gave them the land for  their heritage.   Why?   Because “his mercy endures forever” (Psalm 136:1). God wanted to remind the...

Read More

From this day all generations will call me blessed

From this day all generations will call me blessed. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Solemnity) The Jeddah Light Tower in Saudi Arabia is currently the tallest operating lighthouse in the world.   At 436 feet, it can cast a beam of light over a 25 nautical-mile radius.   That beacon helps sailors know where they’re headed so that they don’t venture into dangerous areas. Just as sailors need a lighthouse, so we all need beacons to...

Read More

Where two or three are gathered together in my name

Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.  Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr (Memorial) We often associate today’s Gospel reading (Matthew 18:20) with intercession.   We find great comfort in knowing that Jesus is with us even when only a few of us gather to pray for people!   But there is more going on here than intercession.   If you look at the stories that surround this passage, you can...

Read More

It is the Lord, your God, who marches with you

It is the Lord, your God, who marches with you Saints Pontian, Pope, and Hippolytus, Priest, Martyrs (Optional Memorial) When Moses called together the people of Israel for his final speech, he began with the bad news:   he was not going to lead them across the Jordan into the Promised Land.   It was his time to die.   Imagine the sadness that spread through the gathering.   How could they possibly function without him? But Moses moved quickly...

Read More

But that we may not offend them

But that we may not offend them . . .  Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, Religious (Optional Memorial) Peter is in a tight spot.   Even as he answered yes to Jesus’ question about paying the Temple tax, he must have wondered what Jesus might end up doing.   Would he really pay it? Though paying the tax is a good thing, Jesus puts it in a new light.   As children of the Father whose Temple it is, both Peter and Jesus are free from  he tax.   Yet...

Read More

Quote of the Week | August 12, 2019

“The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.” –Napoleon Hill

Read More

Subscribe To Father Maurice's Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news, inspirational blogs, and updates from Father Maurice

You have Successfully Subscribed!