"Tigers! A hundred years ago there were nine species of tigers in our world. Today, each with dwindling populations, there are five. Three species are extinct and a fourth, the South-China Tiger, probably only survives in captivity!"
In Helsinki - "for the presentation tomorrow. There are 40 people registered. Wasn’t expecting that many. Looking forward to sharing with our Lutheran brothers and sisters the charism of St Ignatius. They have already been introduced to him…."
Helsinki: A bustling city nestled in a beautiful harbor. Each of the Nordic countries have had a wonderful “seaport” feel about them, each quite different."
On their last day in Stockholm, the pilgrims visit the Vasa Museum and a four story boat.
On the Feast of the Holy Trinity, the pilgrims attend a service at a Lutheran cathedral.
"Some of us are overly protective of our time and personal priorities, not wanting to be co-opted by another’s desires for us, even if we have a sense that it is God’s desire for us."
"“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 118 "
The Universal Intention for February asked that victims of human trafficking be welcomed.
"“When riches are closed up like this so that they become stagnant, what do they do for you?... Wells become more productive if they are drained completely, while they silt up if they are left idle. Thus wealth left standing is of no use to anyone, but put to use and exchanged it becomes fruitful a
"The black hole that we see in this new photo of Galaxy M87 still is for scientists a great “unknown” that they are just beginning to try to unravel. Can we as believers share with scientists in the wonder, awe and reverence in the face of this awesome reality? "
A very insightful and personal reflection on the virtue of gratitude.
"He taught us not to let the Church get in the way of our relationship with the Lord. Thank you to all those who have helped me understand that Jesus didn’t promise us happiness, but He promised us peace. "
"I have been watching Europe, specifically Catholic continental Europe, with much concern over the past few years with the change in political moods. Therefore, the article I would like to write is fairly simple in topic lines: What is happening to Catholic Europe?"
"Whatever the reason for the fear, there is usually a chain to the whole thing. Yoda’s maxim applies quite well here. “Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” What’s troubling is that I often miss the fear and immediately jump unconsciously to anger and hate. "
"The old adage worked for me about getting more out of helping others, than the people being helped. I was moved just by being present quietly beside the sisters “making sandwiches with love.”"
"A twenty first birthday was a milestone, the moment when one turns into an adult. It meant that one could engage in new activities, and not be so dependent on one’s parents. It was also when you received “the key” to symbolically unlock the door to adulthood."
"As I find myself firmly in midlife, I finally have a sense that regular sleeplessness is not going to go away. I used to lament this and try everything to will it away. I would cringe in envy as others could close their eyes and fall asleep. "
"Real life does not always reflect the Catechism, so we must be flexible and think, ultimately, about what God would want us to do."