Do you have a plan for retirement? Are you planning for a new vehicle? House? Or maybe a new job? Here's a question posed in a fantastic book, "Heaven Starts Now: Becoming A Saint Day By Day", written by Fr. John Riccardo, pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth, MI. "Do you, right now, have a plan, and are you working at it, so that one day you will become a saint?" Do you think someone, someday in the future, will want to model their life after you? Or maybe, ".
Consider this question... If all of your prayers were answered today, how many people would be saved? One of the Rother Men posed this as a rhetorical question during one of our Tuesday morning discussions and I think about that question often. What a smack in the face! Let's just say there wouldn't be a long line. More like that line in the store that no one joins because it's just too short to trust. I pray for my immediate family and close friends, but not many more b
The other day I heard the Rother Man say, “hit the nail on the head.” My mind went quickly to the basic hammer and nail. There are lots of hammer types, but they ultimately have the same purpose. They are used to build. A hammer drives home the point. But it would be essentially useless without a nail. Nails hold parts securely, creating structure. And they would be utterly valueless without a hammer. There must have been many execution teams in the Roman Empire. They
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” -Matthew 13:44 Curtis Martin, founder of Fellowship Of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), offers a different, and powerfully compelling perspective of this well-known parable. What if Jesus is the man and you are the treasure? The men who participated in the Life of a Disciple retreat this past weekend are p
We do not hear God when we have unrest in our souls; we do not perceive his inspirations when we have a restless heart. “The great principle of the interior life is the peace of soul, and it must be preserved with such care that the moment it is attacked all else must be put aside and every effort made to try and regain this holy peace, just as, in an outbreak of fire, everything else is neglected to hasten to extinguish the flames.” - Jean Pierre de Caussade #RotherMen #Roth
Complete abandonment to God... 100% surrender... What does that look like? Here's a glimpse from within the pages of Wilfrid Stinissen's book. When we simply obeyed God's will, it "... was an object that was before us; it illuminated our path. But there comes a time when God's will moves from the front to the back, resulting in the disappearance of the light. I can no longer see where I'm going. God is behind me, and I have only one thing to do: let myself be pushed along.
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, yet when full grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches. - Matthew 13:31-32 There must have been a day in Stanley Rother’s life when his dad, Franz, first employed Stanley’s help to plant a wheat field on the farm near Okarche. There must have been another day when Stanley participa