Verbum Domini
Father Michael Najim
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You’ve probably seen this Farside cartoon. With the sun rising, a man sits on the edge of his bed and, still half asleep, stares at a giant poster tacked on his wall. It reads “First pants, THEN … more
Living in New England, you’ve probably had the experience of taking a long drive on a beautiful autumn day. Maybe you stopped and took in a picturesque scene: the sun shining, the trees along a river’s edge brilliant with spectacular reds and yellows, their colors reflecting on the water. It’s a spiritual moment, to say the least. more
Greatness always begins in seed form. A few examples reveal this: Each of us began as an embryo; the 300-foot redwood trees on the West Coast of the United States began growing quietly, invisibly, spreading their roots under the earth; scientists claim that the universe began from a tiny point, no larger than the head of a pin, and after the big bang it has continued to expand. The same is true, Jesus tells us, for the Kingdom of God. more
The hardest part of hard work is getting started. Consider all the snow you’ve been shoveling. The most difficult part is not lifting the shovel. It is getting out the door. The worst part is not the hour you spend clearing the driveway, but rather the few moments it takes to push yourself outside. It is easier to get going if you know someone is already out there. It is easier to start working, if you know someone will be working with you. Perhaps that is why on the first Sunday of Lent we hear about Jesus’ forty-day fast in the desert. Beginning the work of Lent, its helpful to know the Lord is already out there. more
Our social interactions can be superficial at times. “How’s it going?” “Pretty good. You?” “Doing well.” “Great. Enjoy the day.” Now, there’s nothing wrong with a … more
We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Too much junk food equals bad health and a lot of extra weight. Healthy food equals good health and weight control. On the Solemnity of the … more
Distraction is a prayer killer. Many kneel before the Blessed Sacrament or take up the sacred scriptures with a desire, with a need, to be refreshed by the divine Word. But sudden anxieties flock to the heart like crows. They call out tomorrow’s troubles, they cluck and claw at things left undone. Their squawk and crow drown out the One we want to hear. Their dark presence shades the light of the mind lest we think on him whom we love. Many experience such distractions as a torture. Often prayer is abandoned merely to escape that black cloud of pecking concerns. more
I celebrate a lot of funerals. Gathered in the sacristy with the servers (usually kids), we pray thanking God for the gift of the resurrection and asking him to increase the faith of those who mourn. Faith in the resurrection is powerful. It changes everything. It changes the way people live. It changes the way people die. It changes the way people deal with death. more
The city of Providence has a lot in common with Rome. Both are founded on seven hills. Both boast delicious culinary cultures. Both fall under the patronage of Saints Peter and Paul. Perhaps we don’t appreciate that last one enough. This Sunday we celebrate their common feast, a solemnity in the Church’s calendar. It is a special day for our diocese as well. These two martyrs are the principal intercessors for our local Church. We should look to their example and depend upon their prayers. We might ask specifically, “how would Saints Peter and Paul respond to the challenges in Rhode Island, especially those concerning the Church? What would they tell us to do?” more
I once visited a church that was no longer a church. It had been sold and deconsecrated. The Eucharist was no longer there, but many of the symbols of our faith remained. The altar stood useless against the back wall. Colored light came through the windows, but fell upon the remnants of an exodus. Statues of saints kept vigil over the hallowed memories of a fallen temple. The church had become a banquet hall. The sacristy and sanctuary had become staging for the head table. Feasts were now served in the Holy of Holies. The center of the nave, where the faithful once knelt in worship and prayer, was now a dance floor. The paintings, the statuary, all of the Catholic imagery which once elevated the spirit, were now so much kitsch in an alternative party venue. It was heartbreaking. more
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