Nov 22, 2015

How Not to Witness Your Catholic Faith

What good Christian witness this car exhibits!
Choose Life license plate, check.
Keep Christ in Christmas, check.
Catholic radio station magnet, check.

Not one but two bumper stickers calling me stupid and asshole.


Whatever good you might have done, you just blew it. It's not funny. It's offensive, and makes people think you serve some kind of weird perverse god who teaches that you can call people vulgar names and still be a great saint. The Protestants already think Catholics are evil - stop pouring gasoline on the fire!

If you're going to witness your faith, witness it! If you have a Jesus anything on your car, you'd better drive with integrity. And please get rid of those bumper stickers. You embarrass those of us who really do try to witness the faith.

Nov 16, 2015


Compliments, like perfume, are meant to be inhaled, not swallowed. However, false modesty can prevent us from receiving compliments properly.

Do not deny the merit.

"That was a really great somersault, DW!"
"Oh, no! It was terrible! Yours are MUCH better!"
"Thank you, Emily! I appreciate your coaching."

"You were awesome help at our event tonight, Arthur."
Awwww, you're way too kind.
Thanks, I'm happy to help.

Make the giver of the compliment, just as the giver of a gift, feel comfortable.

Nov 12, 2015


At our house, we don't say "good luck." We don't believe in "luck;" we believe in Jesus.

However, I read a quote once that said "Luck is what happens when opportunity meets preparedness." (I don't know the author.) That quote has stuck with me, because what others attribute to "luck" (something that complainers and excuse-makers lament that everyone else has but them,) is really a result of that person's choices. Not one big choice, but an accumulation of a lifetime of choices.

If you consistently live below your means, don't spend tomorrow's prosperity today by incurring stupid debt and payday loans, do settle for less today (even if it means ramen noodles from time to time,) so that you have something to invest, a seed to plant, you will find that when an opportunity comes along, you are in a position to take advantage of it, because you have invest-able money set aside.

Or, you could just live on borrowed money, complain and make excuses.... and wonder why you're not as lucky as some.

Nov 1, 2015

Litany of Saints

I just love the John Becker arrangement.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Verse 1.
Mary and Joseph, pray for us.
Michael and all angels, pray for us.
Anna, Joachim, Elizabeth, pray for us.
Elijah, Moses, John the Baptist, pray for us.
Isaac, Sarah, Abraham, pray for us.
Jacob, Joseph, Samuel, pray for us.
Ruth, David and Solomon, pray for us.
Isaiah, Jeremiah, pray for us.
All you holy men and women, pray for us.
Verse 2.
Peter, Paul, Andrew, pray for us.
James, John, and all apostles, pray for us.
Mary Magdelene, Veronica, pray for us.
Barnabas, Matthias, pray for us.
Stephen, Philip, and Cornelius, pray for us.
Prisca and Aquila, pray for us.
Timothy and Titus, pray for us.
Linus, Cletus, and Clement, pray for us.
All you holy men and women, pray for us.
Verse 3.
Lawrence and Chrysogonus, pray for us.
Innocent and Boniface, pray for us.
Hippolytus and Origen, pray for us.
Athanasius and Basil, pray for us.
Felicity, Perpetua, pray for us.
Cosmos and Damien, pray for us.
John Chrysostom and Justin, pray for us.
Lucy, Agatha, and Agnes, pray for us.
All you holy men and women, pray for us.
Verse 4.
Jerome and Eusebius, pray for us.
Scholastica and Benedict, pray for us.
Ambrose, Monica, Augustine, pray for us.
Martin and Gregory, pray for us.
Clare, Francis, and Dominic, pray for us.
Francis Xavier, Ignatius, pray for us.
Elizabeth and Catherine, pray for us.
Louis and Wenceslaus, pray for us.
All you holy men and women, pray for us.
Verse 5.
Lord, be merciful, save your people.
From all evil, save your people.
From every sin, save your people.
From everlasting damn, save your people.
By your incarnation, save your people.
By your death and resurrection, save your people.
By your gift of the spirit, save your people.
Have mercy on us sinners, save your people.
Christ hear us, Lord Jesus hear our prayer.
Verse 6.
Lord give new life, hear our prayer.
To his chosen, hear our prayer.
By the grace of baptism, hear our prayer.
Oh Jesus Son of the living God, hear our prayer.
Send your Spirit, hear our prayer.
In its fullness, hear our prayer.
On your sons and daughters, hear our prayer.
Who believe and profess you, hear our prayer.
Christ hear us, Lord Jesus hear our prayer.

Oct 23, 2015

The End of the Parade

At the end of the parade, you get those who are dedicated to doing their job. They don't get the accolades that the Grand Marshal gets. You don't read his name or see his photo in the paper. He just does his job.

More of us are street sweepers than Grand Marshals.

Most of us just quietly do our job without recognition.

I want you to do two things:
1. Keep doing your job with excellence, because the excellent God we serve sees what you're doing and, more importantly, knows your heart.
2. When you see a "street sweeper," make it a point to say words of appreciation.

You could change a life.

Or an eternity.

Oct 21, 2015

Ripples in the Pond

For every person to whom you are kind, there are hundreds of others in succession that your kindness will affect.

Like ripples in the pond, when you are kind to one, you are kind to hundreds. Every word, every deed is multiplied.

Joyce Meyer said (paraphrasing) as many people as you can help, that's exactly how many you can hurt.

Choose wisely. Choose well.

Oct 17, 2015

Respecter of Persons

And Peter opening his mouth, said: In very deed I perceive, that God is not a respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34)

God does not show favoritism, and neither should we. We are commanded to love all people, even those who bus tables, who polish the rails, who deliver the mail. (Does it cost anything to smile at someone and say Hello? To acknowledge them and thank them for doing what they do?)

In your life, you will meet many people who will snub you. You're not worth their time and attention. They discount you, try to make you feel small and insignificant. When God elevates you to a new level, these same people will come back and act like they've been your BFF all along. By their fruits ye shall know them. Don't be ugly to them. But don't befriend them. They're opportunists. 

We should praise God in the valleys, the hard times. Why? Because He's still giving us an opportunity to learn something very useful:

When you are limping along, you'll learn whom to let ride with you in the limousine.