Driving up Kamehameha Highway towards the four-way intersection at Kaneohe Bay Drive, you’ll likely see a man holding a cardboard sign: “Hungry. Need money for food.”
If you see him, maybe you will respond in one of the following ways…
Each Thursday morning, I lead a healing service at St. John’s By-the-Sea Episcopal on Oahu, Hawaii. But if you attended one, the name might confuse you. In fact one attendee had no idea to call it that!
Let me explain…
One of my favorite books of the Bible is Job. I love its honesty in how it treats faith and challenges the idea of the “perfect life”.
Among Catholics and non-Catholics alike, millions are enamored by Pope Francis. But beyond his rock star status, he has done much to help people rediscover the power of the Gospel. So what have you been doing lately?
We often treat Christ as if he were car insurance. How?
The First Amendment to our country’s Constitution says that:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
By this, you are guaranteed the freedom of religion. It also forbids Congress from restricting your religious practices.
But what if you were Charee Stanley?
Growing up, my mom was a very devout Catholic. By that I’m not referring to that old joke about devout Catholics going to Mass only on Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday. My mom was super-religious.
My mom made sure my brother and I went to Mass each Sunday, went to Confession on Saturday and committed to say the rosary every evening before dinner. That’s a lot of hardcore praying.
Why did my mom push us to do all this?
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I/I took the one less traveled by/And that has made all the difference–Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken”
Life is sometimes filled with tough decisions to make. Where even when you choose what is right, somehow you still don’t feel good about it.
Ever felt like an imposter? Inadequate? Try being Jessica Lynch. Try being a disciple tasked to feed 5000 people.