Tag: hope

Sending Me a Message

It seems that everywhere I turn, I’m finding messages about humility. In today’s Magnificat meditation by Father Gerald Vann, O.P.: Jacques Maritain has some wise words on the parables of the man counting his resources before building a tower and the king counting his army before meeting his enemy in the field: “Which means to say,” he writes, “before setting…

God vs. Caesar

This week’s Gospel reading is from Matthew, 22:15–21, in which the Pharisees try to trip up Jesus by asking Him if it is lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar. Jesus asks to see the coin that is used to pay the tax, points out Caesar’s image on it and says, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar…

The Virtue of Hope

Favorite Poems Old and New got overlooked for a few days, and I missed it. Since editor Helen Ferris chose poems with a young audience in mind, all of the selections could be described as having a positive outlook, but some are better than others. The one I turned to today is one I always enjoy: Hold Fast Your Dreams…

The Example of Saint Peter

Today’s Gospel reading (from Saint John) focuses on betrayal: first with Judas Iscariot leaving the table of the Last Supper to sell Jesus to the Jewish authorities, then with Jesus telling Peter that before the cock crows three times, he will betray his friend. Magnificat‘s meditation was written by Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen, beloved preacher and author who died in…

Leadership Skills

I’m nearly finished with Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea. It is a fascinating read. I especially appreciate the way Philbrick pulls in information to explain, put into perspective, or flesh out what the castaways of the Essex were experiencing. The chapter on cannibalism is one I’ll likely not forget any time soon. In it, Philbrick describes a…

Time to Be

Every now and again, I go through a phase in which I feel overwhelmed, discombobulated, adrift, and/or misanthropic. At those times, I feel unable to create, unable to start anything new. I usually end up cleaning something in the hopes that a lack of clutter will get me fired up again. As you’ve likely guessed, such a funk hit me…

Recognizing Our Limits

I’m not a fan of the victim mentality. While I find value in recognizing the wounds that have affected us, I don’t see a great deal to be gained from constantly telling ourselves and others: Hey, this happened to me! or I overcame this! Using these wounds as excuses, as means of not taking responsibility for our actions or choices,…