Joining the Fight

Photo by Lisa Fox “Are you sure about this?” “Yes, Mama.  I must fight for our country and our people.” “All right.  I will be here when you come back.” “I promise I will be back, Mama.  Have faith.” Mama nodded with a smile and fought to hold the tears back.  “Your father would be …

What an Awesome God

God showed the people of Nineveh grace when He sent Jonah to call them to repentance. The people responded to the call with a great fast. Even the animals fasted. The king covered himself with sackcloth and ashes. Sackcloth is an expression of sorrow, repentance. It is symbolic of God's judgment. Ashes are symbolic of …

Praise God for the Exodus

When Israel went out of Egypt, The house of Jacob from a people of strange language, Judah became His sanctuary, And Israel His dominion. The sea saw it and fled; Jordan turned back. The mountains skipped like rams, The little hills like lambs.  What ails you, O sea, that you fled? O Jordan, that you turned back? O mountains, that you skipped like rams? O …

Father Jörgensen’s Questionings

Yesterday morning, a friend asked me, "Why do Catholics pray to Mary when the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus Christ is the one true mediator between God and humanity?" My quick reply was, "Yes, it's true that we can go directly to Jesus during prayer but intercessory prayer through Mary as well as other saints …

Born to be An Artist

Photo by Brenda Cox Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be an artist.  While my siblings and friends played, I sketched.  I sketched people, places, nature and still life.  I could spend hours and hours just sketching but, I always did my chores.  When I was older, I painted watercolors, which …

Father Desjardins Calls

“Merry Christmas, Mrs. Amadou.” “Merry Christmas, Father Desjardins.  It’s really good to hear from you.  Are you enjoying your first Christmas in Ireland?” “Yes, I am.  The people here are very warm and friendly and I’ve been invited to Christmas lunch and dinner with two different families.” “That’s good.” “How’s everyone?” “Everyone’s fine.  My daughter’s …

An Unwanted Phone Call

Paul's cell rang. Without thinking, he answered it and grimaced when he heard Angie's voice. "What do you want?" he demanded. "I-I wanted to talk to you." "About what?" "About Nita. Why are you dating her, Paul?" "Why is that any of your business?" "Are you doing it to hurt me? Are you punishing me …

Dinner & Plans for Christmas

He was on his way to meet Chioma for dinner and was really looking forward to it. They were having it at Portland, a casual fine dining restaurant. He had been there last year with a group of friends and had enjoyed the private dining experience. It felt nice going openly to restaurants instead of having …

Praise and Bless the Lord

Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, Praise the name of the Lord!  Blessed be the name of the Lord From this time forth and forevermore!  From the rising of the sun to its going downThe Lord’s name is to be praised (Psalm 113:1-3, NKJV) Image by Big Stock We are encouraged to praise the Lord throughout each day. Why? The …

Love Compels Us

Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too.  Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us, so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular …

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