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

Ask Jesus for Help

Jim and Ron were the best of friends. They grew up together in the same neighborhood in the Northeast. And even though they didn’t go to the same high school, they still remained in contact with each other through the years, through their marriages, Ron’s divorce, Jim’s bouts with cancer, and so many other experiences….Continue reading Ask Jesus for Help

God is closer than you think

A very devout and holy woman is trying to pray, but she isn’t  feeling very much comfort. She’s been struggling with temptations (of the flesh) lately, and has been wondering where God is in all this. In her frustration she actually calls out: “Lord, where were you when my heart was being tormented by so…Continue reading God is closer than you think

God is love

Gina was at Mass. She was really trying to pay attention to the readings this week and not let her mind wander. As she listened Gina recognized the second reading: that famous one from St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians about love being patient; love being kind. And she thought to herself, “Bill and I…Continue reading God is love

I am a sinner

Did you ever try to help someone out who was having a problem? And even though the issues are as plain as day to you, the person just can’t see it for themselves? Even worse, the guy really doesn’t want to hear anything about it. In their view, the problem lies with others, not with…Continue reading I am a sinner

Surrender to God

A man is standing over a hospital bed, looking down at his wife who is being anointed by a priest. The whole nightmare began just three days ago when Mary collapsed on the living room floor. Then, it seemed she would rally while she was in intensive care, and then another, and more severe stroke,…Continue reading Surrender to God

See the Light of Christ

Robert had to admit, this past year was the worst of his life. Murphy’s Law seemed to be working in high gear, and in some circumstances Murphy brought his friends along with him. Probably the worst experience was when he was accused of mismanaging funds where he worked. He could really sense evil in that…Continue reading See the Light of Christ