God will never take anything from us without giving himself in the exchange. Fr. Donald Haggerty, Contemplative Provocations God bless,
Dear Friends of Lumen, “There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.” G.K. Chesterton When will enough be enough? This applies to the guys too! I understand the value of looking good and keeping up with the latest trends/gadgets, but… God bless, Fr. Michael Sliney, LC Chaplain / Lumen-Manhattan
Dear Lumen Members and Fellows, “What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.” CS Lewis One day at a time. One moment at a time. Falling and getting back up again and again. Living in the present with eternity always in the background. God bless, Fr. Michael Sliney, LC Chaplain / Lumen-Manhattan
Dear Lumen Members and Fellows, “Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” CS Lewis Is your ultimate goal to help your spouse and children reach heaven? What steps are you taking to make this happen? God bless, Fr. Michael Sliney, LC Chaplain / Lumen-Manhattan
Dear Friends of Lumen, “To speak truths sweetly is to throw burning coals, or rather roses, into a person’s face. How can anyone be angry with another who fights him with pearls and diamonds?” -Saint Francis of Sales Pearls and diamonds. Beautiful images to capture my mom’s way of dealing with me as a kid and now as a priest. She is so considerate, so humble, so careful, so refined, so gracious, so deep and rich when she asks something of me, anything of me…I simply cannot say no to her dazzling and delightful approach! God bless,
Dear Friends of Lumen, “As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth envy consume a [person].” St. John Chrysostom Don’t waste time and energy being envious of things that in the big picture really do not matter: good looks, material possessions, attractive personalities, etc… Rather, focus on the higher gifts, the deep virtues of others, and try to learn from them and imitate them, instead of trying to bring that person down! God bless,
Dear Friends of Lumen, “Youth is wild, and requires many governors, teachers, directors, attendants, and tutors; and after all these, it is a happiness if it be restrained. For as a horse not broken in, or a wild beast untamed, such is youth. But if from the beginning, from the earliest age, we fix it in good rules, much pains will not be required afterwards; for good habits formed will be to them as a law.” St. John Chrysostom It started with strict bedtimes that were enforced in grade school and this evolved into a strict curfew in High School on week-ends. My dad would always be at the door at 1130 PM to analyze my state of mind and ask a few questions to see my level of coherency. There was a deep Faith, and a loving discipline in our home and I am really grateful to my parents for going the extra mile in “forming” us! They taught me to respect them and God, and this foundation was fundamental and transformational for my adult life. God bless,
Dear Friends in Christ, I had the honor of burying a fallen Marine at Arlington National Cemetery several years ago. I was disheartened that many of the folks who attended the funeral did not approach the young group of Marines (his friends) to thank them for their service. I did. I thanked them for their service to our country and promised them my prayers. The number below from the Catechism of the Catholic Church might be helpful. Let’s pray for all of our fallen soldiers and their families today! 2310 Public authorities, in this case, have the right and duty to impose on citizens the obligations necessary for national defense. Those who are sworn to serve their country in the armed forces are servants of the security and freedom of nations. If they carry out their duty honorably, they truly contribute to the common good of the nation and the maintenance of peace. God bless,
Dear Friends of Lumen, “The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.” St. Thomas More St. Therese of Lisieux is the patron saint of the missions even though she never left the convent. She would offer up little sacrifices for souls and one of her daily chores was to wash the pots and pans with a “difficult” sister. She said that she could “see Jesus walking amidst the pots and pans.” The little things done with love matter!! God bless,
Dear Friends of Lumen, “A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship, as experience shows that the callosity formed around a broken bone makes it stronger than before.” St. Francis de Sales Nothing beats a sincere apology from the heart. No “but’s”, no “justifications”, or added comments tacked on at the end of your statement. Just say, “I am really sorry. I was wrong and I should not have done that/said that…please forgive me.” Then the healing begins… God bless,