Options for Life: An Adoption Story

January 22, 2018 – Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

Today is the anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision. I thought it would be fitting to present this beautiful adoption story. I again thank BCHS teacher Amanda Horan, who shared her story at a pro-life prayer service at Bishop Chatard a few years ago.   

There is not much better than the perfection of a brand new baby.

My husband and I had been married for more than 6 years when we decided that it was time to start a family. We assumed that it would be easy. After all, people have been having babies for thousands of years. We were perfectly healthy. There was no reason to believe we would have trouble.

Yet, weeks, months and years passed without progress. I struggled through some of the worst times of my life as I watched jealously while everyone around me got pregnant, had their baby, and in some cases, even got pregnant a second time without any change in my own situation. News stories about a baby abandoned in Eagle Creek Park or a trash can brought me to tears, as did each new pregnancy announcement. I even remember crying silently in the back of these bleachers during another pro-life week, as topics like abortion are difficult to understand when all that you want is the chance to be a mother. Continue reading

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Homily: We Can Never Hear That Story Too Often

January 21, 2018 – Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

I delivered the following homily today at St. Pius X Parish in Indianapolis:

As the kids were growing up, I missed out on many things while I was at work. When I came home in the evening, I looked forward to being filled in on the events of the day – both the good and the bad.

The kids shared details of the fun events I missed out on, bubbling over with excitement as each shared his or her version of the activities of the day. More often than not, I would hear multiple versions of the same basic story. The characters in the story and the general timeline of events were the same. However, each version of the story, told from a unique perspective, offered slightly different details and focus.

Or perhaps there was a disagreement of some kind. Such disagreements were usually centered around personal property, invasion of space, or some other issue critically important to children. Continue reading

Protect All Vulnerable Life

January 20, 2018

The annual March fro Life was held in Washington, DC yesterday. The following is a excerpt from a homily delivered by Cardinal Timothy Dolan at the Vigil for Life Mass on Thursday night:

“Our belief in the dignity of the human person and sacredness of all human life propels us to concern for human life wherever, whenever, and however it is threatened, from racial antagonism to justice for immigrants, from the war torn to the hungry.

Our elected representatives, executive and legislative, and the judiciary they appoint, need to see, and hear, and feel the grassroots power, our sincere voices and our passion for a society to assist and protect all vulnerable life.”

Source: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pray-against-powers-of-darkness-cardinal-dolan-tells-pro-life-marchers-90543?platform=hootsuite

The Gospel of Life

January 18, 2018

The following is my weekly letter to the Bishop Chatard HS parent community:

I shared this message with our students on Monday morning:

Today begins pro-life week, which includes the March for Life in Washington, DC on Friday and ends with pro-life activities in downtown Indianapolis next Monday, on the anniversary of the Roe versus Wade decision which legalized abortion in the United States.

What does it mean to be pro-life? Continue reading

Homily: God Wants the Scales Tipped in His Favor

January 17, 2018

Jesus entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched Jesus closely to see if he would cure him on the sabbath so that they might accuse him. (Mark 3:1-6)

The following homily was originally delivered at a Bishop Chatard High School Mass in 2014:

Today’s Gospel is about eating at Subway. I go to Subway whenever I am trying to convince myself I need to eat healthier. I order turkey on whole wheat, no cheese. Lots of veggies, hold the mayo. I top it off with a Diet Coke to go. Low calorie, very healthy.

Then, as the cashier is ringing up my order, I say, “And three cookies, please.”

Subway cookies are the best. And you have to get three, right? They’re three for $1.00. Who would just buy one?

I follow the rules of healthy eating, right up until I order the cookies.

Mrs. Wagner uses this same logic when she goes shopping. She brings home several bags. She shows me the clothes she bought for one of our kids. She is so proud because they were such great deals. They were all on sale! Then she adds, “And with the money I saved, I bought these two outfits for Ellie!” (Ellie is our granddaughter.)

She followed the rules of cost efficient shopping, right up until she bought the two extra outfits. Continue reading

Passion Defined

January 16, 2018

As Jesus was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain. At this the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?” (Mark 2:23-24)

 

In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees are questioning the actions of Jesus and His disciples on the Sabbath.

Jesus tries to tell them, in both word and action, “You’re getting so caught up in words, rules, and laws that you are missing the truth.”

What He wants them to hear is, “I heal the sick. I restore sight to the blind. I teach about love. I teach about serving others. And here you are, telling us we are breaking the law of the Sabbath because we picked some grain to eat? You are missing the point entirely!”

Jesus was certainly passionate about His cause. He was willing to suffer and die in order for us to get the message.

I leave you with a few questions and a challenge:

What are you passionate about? What injustice do you see that needs to be addressed? Who is suffering and needs you to be their voice?

What are you doing about it? If you act, there is a chance you could make a positive impact. If you don’t act, there is no chance.

Make Your Life Fit HIS Plan

January 15, 2018

No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak. If he does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins. (Mark 2:18-22)

The Pharisees were the religious leaders of the time. They were scholars; they were teachers; they set the example. And here comes Jesus and turns everything upside down. He doesn’t fast enough, doesn’t always wash his hands, eats with sinners, and works on the Sabbath.

Jesus makes it clear to the Pharisees: “Your way is not my way.”

Jesus is the new cloak. He is the new wine. His message is the same today: “Society’s way is not My way.”

Challenge: Don’t take pieces of Jesus and try to fit him into your plans. Instead, put on Jesus and make your life fit His plan.