The story of Jesus walking on water (Mt 14:22-33) has long been a story of hope for me.  It’s always shown me Jesus’ faithfulness, urged me to have the courage to “step out of the boat” like Peter did, and told me how fast Jesus is to save us when things get overwhelming. It’s a great story.

When I read it this time, something new struck me…

Why Do Catholics Cross Their Head, Lips, and Heart at Mass?

In the outward sign of crossing our forehead, lips, and heart, we are asking that the Word of God to pierce our mind, lips, and hearts.

We cross our forehead so that the Word of God may be in our thoughts and purify our minds. We cross our lips so that our speech may be holy and incline us to share the Gospel with others. And we cross our hearts to invite God to strengthen our love for Him and others. All of this is so that we might know, proclaim, and love Jesus Christ all the more.

Living in the Throne Room

I recently read a reflection about Lent that was centered on Mark 1:15—“‘This is the time of fulfillment.  The kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent, and believe in the gospel.’”  The question was asked, “Who was Jesus talking to?”  Not everyone in the crowd was living an immoral life, […]