“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” John 3:16.
“To each individual, the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.” Corinthians 12:12-13.
“In meeting Pope Francis, we have a common thread… I admire his way, one’s actions are so much more important than their words. To be a leader, today is to lead by example. That’s one of the things I admire most about him.”
In the fall of 2016, I was invited to five weddings, friends of mine who have honored my participation in marriage ceremonies. Each of the five couples is unique, each has its individual stories, ways of celebrating their love with family and friends, and each has distinctive religious or sacramental traditions.
“Crazy Birds & Catholics,” Ideas & Concerns for Communication & Ministry; remarks at “Full, Conscious & Active: Lay Participation in the Church’s Dialogue with the World,” July 6-9, 2016, Lay Centre, Rome, Italy
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” Isaiah 9:1
“May the balm of mercy reach everyone, both believers and those far away, as a sign that the Kingdom of God is already present in the world.” Pope Francis, April 2015.
“Jesus sent out his disciples two by two to preach the good news. They took nothing with them.” Mark 6:7-13.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” 2Cor 12:7-10.
A friend and mentor of mine, Father Jim Turro once observed: “If you happen to come across a turtle on a table, one thing is certain. Someone had to place the turtle on the table. Since left to itself, a turtle is incapable of such a feat.”