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The Spirit *is* in Your Life

Is the Holy Spirit active in your life?

A few days ago I took a bike ride on one of my old trails near my parent’s house. I stopped to rest for a moment at a spot that has a bench and this vantage point out over the Cuyahoga River valley. While I was sitting there just taking in the beauty of the landscape the wind started to blow and wash over me… and in that moment of spring it occurred to me that it has been so long since I slowed down enough to stop and just feel the wind. The wind didn’t go anywhere… but I had stopped being conscious to it! It had become part of the background of my experience of life.

The Greater Things of the Church

Jesus says at the very end of this Gospel passage that whoever believes in him will do the works that he does and will even do greater ones than those. Looking back at the four years that I have spent with you I have a lot of memories and incredible moments… but at the same time I don’t remember ever walking on water, or touching a blind person and giving them sight, or a funeral that I told someone to rise out of their casket and they complied.

The Church Born from Mercy

Sunday of Divine Mercy (2nd Sunday of Easter)

This solemnity of Divine Mercy had its beginnings in February of 1931, when St. Faustina had a vision of Jesus, who said that he desired this feast especially for the sake of sinners, saying “Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet.” But to really understand this idea of Divine Mercy I think we need to enter into the experience that the apostles had in that locked upper room.

Christ, the Messiah and True Friend

5th Sunday in Lent, Year A, with Scrutiny

I want you to focus for a moment on the words of relationship in this Gospel. “The sisters sent word to Jesus saying, ‘Master, the one you love is ill.’… Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus… he told them, ‘Our friend Lazarus is asleep’… ‘Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died’… as soon as she heard this, she rose quickly and went to him… she fell at his feet… Jesus wept, so the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him.’… Father, I thank you for hearing me.”

There is something even more incredible that the raising of Lazarus from death to life, and that is