Pentecost

Larry came from an intense family. His father, in particular, had been very strict growing up and in his disciplining could say some pretty mean things. His “method” of parenting would never “cut it” today. As a result of this, Larry did learn very important values such as a strong work ethic. But he always…Continue reading Pentecost

Christ’s Peace

Joe’s Mom died over ten years ago. He had been very close to her growing up. He still thought of her practically every day. Yet, although Joe would be the first to admit that his Mom had had a profoundly positive effect on his life, recently he came to the realization that there were some…Continue reading Christ’s Peace

Love one another

Scott, a junior in high school, is sitting in his room feeling sorry for himself. He is mad at his parents. He had wanted to borrow the car to go out on Friday night with a group of his friends, but his parents told him that they didn’t think it was a good idea. The…Continue reading Love one another

Doubting Thomas

Catherine was mad at God. She had to admit it. Her husband just found out that his cancer had come back—-for the third time. He would have to begin treatments the following Monday. Catherine had been praying for a good report from the doctor. Instead, she heard this. Catherine was a good person—-very devoted to…Continue reading Doubting Thomas

The Gift of a Boat

A person is given a gift. It’s a boat. The boat is on the shore. The person looks at it, and then walks away, wandering off and completely forgetting about it. This is the person who has been given the gift of life and the gift of faith, but he or she has no time…Continue reading The Gift of a Boat

God forgives us

A man in his mid 40’s enters a church and kneels in the back pew. He is the only one there. He bows his head. He’s disgusted with himself. He seems to have a hard time now looking at himself in the mirror. How could he have been so stupid? Everything he stood for, everything…Continue reading God forgives us

God forgives us

A man in his mid 40’s enters a church and kneels in the back pew. He is the only one there. He bows his head. He’s disgusted with himself. He seems to have a hard time now looking at himself in the mirror. How could he have been so stupid? Everything he stood for, everything…Continue reading God forgives us

The Prodigal Son

An Asian-American man writes this story: In the mid 90’s my Mom and Dad, my younger Brother and Sister and I, came to the U.S. from Asia. Once we got here, it took awhile for us to get settled and learn the language, but our parents tried hard to give us a sense of “home”…Continue reading The Prodigal Son

Cooperate with God

Bill was tired of the mess in his basement. So, one Saturday, he decided to get cracking on what was down there. The first box he opened made him pause, though. It was filled with some of the stuff he had taken from his parents’ house after his father had died. What caught his eye…Continue reading Cooperate with God

Pray

Pat is really trying to make the most of this Lenten season. He has been faithful to going to Mass and receiving the Sacraments for several years now. But before this he had been really tepid about his faith. He would go to Mass when he could, but if other things got in the way,…Continue reading Pray

Connect the Dots

Regina was going off on her mother again to her friend Maryanne. Regina was describing her mother as a very controlling, and rather self-centered person, always disappointed if things don’t go her own way. Sure, Regina loved her Mom, but she would get so aggravated over the things she would say in their regular weekly…Continue reading Connect the Dots