Verbum Domini
Father Michael Najim
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In 1925, the New York World publication celebrated the birthday of Abraham Lincoln with a cartoon that has become something of a classic. Two Kentucky farmers are pictured talking over a picket fence. One asks, “Anything new happen lately?” The other responds, “Nothing much. A new baby was born over at Tom Lincoln’s place, but nothing much ever happens around here.” more
There’s a vivid scene towards the end of the movie, “Titanic.” As the ship is preparing to take its final plunge into the cold waters of the Atlantic, Jack Dawson and Rose are literally hanging … more
Politics is rife with scandal, increasingly of the personal sort. There is daily news of some fresh impropriety by a national leader. These private sins, once exposed, force our nation to confront things most would prefer not to think about, let alone talk about. more
Seasons affect our moods. There is something about the lengthening days, the warming air, the flowers and fragrance of spring that affect the heart. The beginnings of spring encourage gatherings, little kindnesses, and even greater patience (something easily observed in traffic). Smiles tend to come more easily. New friendships are made and old ones repaired. Spring awakens our better selves, infusing hope in the winter weary. It is the perfect season for the Resurrection. more
People love conversion stories. From that of Saint Paul to Saint Augustine, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton to the man sitting next to us in the pews, we are fascinated by these stories of grace, repentance and homecoming. For “cradle Catholics,” these personal testimonies are often a source of renewal. more
In Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” betrayal and double-dealing leave the main character in an emotional free fall. Reality itself seems turned on its head. The most trustworthy character is a ghost, while at the same time, dear friends serve as spies. Nothing is as it seems, and Hamlet spends most of the play looking for truth, looking for solid ground to stand upon. Stumbling in darkness and confusion, he has a moment of clarity in the final act. He remarks to his friend Horatio, “there is a special providence in the fall of a sparrow...the readiness is all.” Here, he makes reference to the Gospel of Matthew (10:29). It hints at an interior development for Hamlet. He has surrendered himself to God’s will. Still in the dark, still in confusion, he nonetheless finds the solution in God. He is his rock. Believing in this special providence, all that is required is a readiness to accept it. more
Father Stan Fortuna is a Franciscan priest. Over the years, he has ministered effectively to thousands of teenagers through his preaching and music. Some years ago he used his musical talents to … more
Jesus desires a united church. The gospel depends upon it. There is “one Lord, one faith, one baptism.” These require “one body and one Spirit” to proclaim them (Eph 4:4-5). more
Atheists typically argue that all things can be explained by nature. Anything apparently supernatural only awaits a more developed science to explain it. God is never needed. An atheist friend of mine holds this position firmly, except for one mystery in his life: his love for his wife. He can list the qualities he admires about the woman he married. He can tell you why he finds her attractive, interesting, and funny. Yet he admits, he might find those qualities in some other woman, perhaps even to a greater degree. Still he would not love that woman the way he loves his wife. With her, there is something extra, something particular, something he can’t explain and can’t find anywhere else. Exploring the mystery of his own love is the closest he’s ever come to the mystery of grace. If he ever does find God, it will probably be because he first found his wife. more
St. Therese of Lisieux lived in France in the late 19th century. She entered the Carmelite monastery at the young age of 15 and died of tuberculosis in 1897 when she was only 24. Therese lived a hidden life in the Carmelite cloister, yet she is undoubtedly one of the most popular saints. Few people would have known who Therese was when she was alive; but after her death, and especially after her autobiography was published, she became known and loved throughout the world. more
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