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Emergency Procedures

What do you do in an emergency? Call 911 of course. Calling 911 in the event of an emergency is a procedure I have drilled into the heads of my children since they were old enough to talk. It is second nature to most of us that this is the first thing we should do in the event of an emergency, fire, crime, poisoning or other calamity. We call 911 to quickly alert those who are in a position to help us that we are in trouble and first responders are dispatched immediately to come to our aid. The system is universal and virtually foolproof -but is it enough? As human persons we are comprised of both temporal and spiritual components. Calling 911 addresses the temporal side of an emergency - we need to have procedures that address the spiritual side of the emergency. Spiritual Emergency Procedures You may be thinking  - what on earth would constitute a spiritual emergency? Aren't spiritual issues something we can just wait until Sunday Mass or our next confession to take

The Wisdom of Springtime

Spring! It's finally here!  Afher what seemed like a never-ending winter, the birds are chirping, the sky is blue and the flowers are blooming! The Word of God teaches us that all of creation worships the Lord and we see his glory and wisdom shine forth in the beauty and order of the seasons. What is the wisdom of God that springtime wishes to teach us? Spring Always Follows Winter "For see, the winter is past, the rains are over and gone.The flowers appear on the earth..." (Song of Songs 2:11-12)   The Song of Songs poetically speaks to us of a truth that is easy to forget in the dead of winter: spring will come again. This principle does not solely pertain to the weather but can be applied to all areas of our lives. Spring always follows winter. All of us experience seasons of suffering, darkness and pain in our lives. It is during those challenging times that the seasons that the Lord has created in nature remind us that the storms will cease, the sun wil

A Thank You Note to St. Thomas

Dear St. Thomas, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for having the courage to say what everyone else was probably thinking! Because of you, I am unafraid to express the doubts that sometimes plague my heart. You have made me realize that doubts are not a detriment to my faith, but a natural part of my faith journey. Through your bold proclamation of "My Lord and my God", I have come to realize that vocalizing my doubts and humbly asking Jesus to help me work through them can actually lead to a stronger faith for myself and those around me. I know you have a reputation as a "doubter" but I like to view you as someone who understood the seriousness and the full import of the Resurrection of Jesus and just wanted to be sure about something so critical and life-changing. Please pray for me that I may always have the trust to honestly share all my doubts, troubles and concerns with the Risen Jesus, knowing that he will patiently and loving answer my questions.