January 23rd, 2015
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
MP3: “Leaving everything behind in the boat of life“
James and John came out of their family home. It was early in the morning. With clear skies the stars could be seen unmistakably; a beautiful day for a fisherman. The two brothers were the closest of friends. They talked about everything…hopes…dreams. To men of their time and status life is a clear as the sky on that early morning. James and John shared more than a blood line; their life was mapped out for them. They were fishermen like all their ancestors.
One day they would take over the family business from their father Zebedee. We can imagine that they spent their time together talking “shop”. Maybe these brothers shared dreams of a bigger boat or improve fishing techniques. It may not seem like an exciting life, but it was their lot and they accepted it. There was no other way. Continue Reading…
January 22nd, 2015
Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Deacon Robert Banet
I’ve been reading about St. Raymond of Penyafort.
Oh? never head of him.
He was a tenth century priest. Very learned. He writes this prayer: “May you never be numbered among those whose house is peaceful, quiet and free from care.”
You call that a prayer?
He goes on: “Those on whom the Lord’s chastisement does not descend; those who live out their days in prosperity, and in the twinkling of an eye will go down to hell.”
What! Continue Reading…
January 21st, 2015
From left: Nick Costello, HEAL President; Kevin Banet; and Br. Leo Okonkwo, HEAL Founder.
by Kevin Banet
The man who sat next to me didn’t have the appearance of the kind of leader I’d expect to see. Yet his vision has inspired hundreds of volunteers and religious missionaries in one of the poorest areas of the world.
The man was Br. Leo Okonkwo, whose blue and white festive-patterned shirt with matching pants betrayed a casual look that’s not worn by high-performing CEO’s.
While Leo munched on his sandwich and sipped his water, he excitedly explained to me the secret of what I recognized as the driving force of his ministry. It is the self-emptying of Christ, “who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God … but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.” (Phil. 2:6-7)