Life is difficult. Each one of us has a cross to bear. But the good news is that our cross is not a punishment but an opportunity.
Articles by: Fr. George Smiga
Matthew 14:22-36–Only in Matthew’s Gospel does Peter walk on water. He acts as the representative of what belonging to the church means.
Why do people believe in a God who guides their lives? People believe because when they examine their own experience they find indications, hints if you will, that there is a power in this world other than chance.
Why does Jesus ask his disciples to do the impossible, to feed 5,000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fish? And why is he asking us to do the same?
God is beyond human understanding. How then can the actions of this unknowable God be expressed? Only through limited human language. The descriptions of the Spirit of God in the scriptures are efforts to express the inexpressible God. A history of the Spirit’s actions etches a portrait of our invisible God.
What can we do when pain and loss enter our lives? Although we cannot explain evil, we can negotiate its presence though acceptance and “throwing together.”
Seeing is more than taking light and color into our eyes. It also involves our minds and our hearts. Seeing includes believing.
The parables of the pearl and the treasure tell us that sometimes we find the kingdom of God by searching for it, and other times we simply stumble upon it.
In Jesus’ vision, true authority is not the authority of importance. It is the ability to ground and enhance the lives of others.
The parable of the weeds and the wheat tells us that refusing to use violence is not a lesser way or a cowardly way but Christ’s way. When we refuse to use our authority and power to coerce others, we are not settling for second best.
The lives of St. Peter and St. Paul are a model of both discipleship and irony.