Verbum Domini
Father Michael Najim
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If someone is going to speak on your behalf, you want them to be well prepared. This is particularly true in the business world. Good companies spend tremendous resources on their employees. They equip them. They ensure that their employees have all the necessary tools for success. For if the laborer is ill equipped, the company mission is imperiled. more
I think it’s safe to say that most of us admire the saints. We look to them as our role models for living the Christian life. Many people, however, misunderstand what it means to be a saint. Many think it’s about being perfect, and therefore they abandon the hope of ever living a holy life. However, does being holy mean being perfect and never sinning? This is an appropriate question for us to ponder as we prepare to celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints this Sunday. more
Mountaintop views are well worth a hike. Slogging up a mountain trail, wrestling with a backpack (usually the size of a small child), surviving on peanuts and Gatorade is all worth it once you get to the top. From up there the various elements of the world seem to come together in harmony. For this reason, spiritual writers often use the term “mountaintop experiences” when referring to privileged moments of prayer. These are moments of clarity and insight where the various strands of life seem to come together. They are moments of profound peace and faith, in which God’s presence is felt tangibly. If a retreat or a season like Lent can be compared to a hike, then these spiritual elevations are like mountaintop views for the soul. more
In seminary, an entire semester’s worth of study and preparation came down to one 10-minute oral exam. I have rarely felt greater heights of anxiety. Each professor had a mythical status built upon a tradition of tall tales passed from class to class. Your audience was not with flesh and bone, but with a demigod whose whim would decide your fate. Some paced, some continued to study, others turned to the scriptures for consolation. That was my routine. I read repeatedly: “have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7). Saint Paul got me through those days of judgment. more
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about the battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil – It is anger, envy, … more
“Dear Jesus, help me to spread your fragrance everywhere I go.” These words begin what has been popularly called “The Fragrance Prayer,” written by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman. The … more
Humanity has “passed the buck” since the Fall. The blame game started with Adam and Eve. When God questioned Adam, Adam pointed to Eve: “She gave me the fruit from the tree.” Eve, in turn, pointed to the serpent: “the serpent tricked me into it.” And the long history of recrimination goes on from there. more
Many don’t like surprises, even good ones. But no one likes bad surprises. Many put off doctor visits, afraid of what they might find. They prefer the risk of ignorance to the possibility of receiving bad news. Watching a scary movie, we cringe and grow tense, expecting some monster or doom around every corner. This may be exciting, but it is hard to call it enjoyable. When possible, we avoid sudden surprises, especially sudden evils. more
Eve wasn’t hungry. Her stomach wasn’t growling. She wasn’t tired, low-energy, or diabetic. She didn’t reach for the apple to boost her sugar. Until that day, she probably hadn’t given much thought to the tree. After all, it was forbidden and there was plenty of food in the garden. But then the serpent seasoned it with lies: “your eyes will be opened and you will become like gods.” Flavored with falsehood, the tree looked different: “pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom.” Approaching, without a prayer of thanksgiving, “she took some of its fruit and ate” (Gen 3:5-6). It all went wrong with a snack. more
Some people have it all. They’re smart, good looking and personable. They have interesting jobs where they make a lot of money. They have talents that bring them notoriety and fame. Publicly praised, they also have happy home-lives. They have found the perfect spouse and the two of them have bright well-behaved children. The envious wish them some secret fault or failure and burn when virtue is discovered instead. It’s not fair. Why should one person enjoy so many blessings, while the rest struggle with just a few? more
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