Faith, Family, and Fatherhood — Matthew RSS



God Challenges

St. Dominic Matthew 15:21-28 I love a good challenge. I love to be challenged to rise up and meet a difficult task. I often find that I create these challenges myself. I am currently working on an allegorical poem with an insane rhyming scheme. It usually takes me an hour or two to finish eight lines but I love the challenge. I must admit, however, that I have a melancholic temperament and sometimes challenges can overwhelm me. It's not that I can't overcome the challenge but rather that I often consider all the options in such detail that I become paralyzed, unable to begin. Instead of pushing forward and acting, I think too much and quickly become overwhelmed by the...

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The Smallest Act of Love

The Kingdom of God,Starts very small,Like mustard seed or yeast.Yet when it grows it changes all,the greatest from which was least.Our efforts seem,To no avail,Or seem to take too long.Yet when we see the good that's grown,Happily we are wrong.Your task it is,To sow the seed,To be tiny leaven.By action, deed, prayer, and thoughts,Help others on to heaven.Be not discouraged by failure,Or slow...

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Questions for the Guard

Easter MondayMatthew 27:8-15You were bribed to keep your mouth shut though your eyes were wide open.  They were not shut.  You were not sleeping.  You saw what you saw and yet, now, coins fill your pockets but your heart is empty.How do you sleep at night? How do you ever close your eyes again after what you saw...and denied? Does the glorious image of the Resurrection now float behind your...

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An Eternal Family Tree

Matthew 1:18-25I often like to contemplate the chain of events that brought me to existence. I wonder what sort of things had to happen for my father and mother to meet. Then I dive deeper in grandparents, great-grandparents and on and on. Could one missed appointment have meant my not being born? Could a premature death changed our family's lineage forever?I also like to think about the people in...

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The Violent Take It By Force

Thursday of the Second Week of AdventMatthew 11:11-15Today's Gospel reading doesn't seem real...well...festive or Christmas like. John the Baptist is in prison and Jesus is speaking of violence.We must, however, understand the attitude of the day. The Jewish people are awaiting the Messiah and many rumors have been flying about for the past 3 decades since Herod went crazy killing babies gunning...

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