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Father’s Day Homily / Trinity Sunday

“Tell me if this doesn’t describe the father you’ve always dreamed of: The Lord, that is One who is not afraid to take command and lead. The Lord, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and rich in kindness and fidelity…”

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One Former Disney Star Who Is Not Taking Off His Clothes to Grow Up

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“For many Disney Channel stars, who as teenagers starred in their own shows and recorded tracks for Hollywood records, the road to ‘adulthood’ is one that often equates sexuality with maturation. Although Miley Cyrus may be the most extreme example of this phenomena, those who have followed this script have included High School Musical alumni Zac Efron (who appeared pulling up his shirt on the cover of Rolling Stone around the time the film’s sequel premiered) and his co-star Vanessa Hudgens, who acted with other Disney prodigy Selena Gomez in last year’s risqué Spring Breakers.

“This is not, however, the path of David Henrie, who fomerly acted alongside Gomez on ‘Wizards of Waverly Place.’ Recently the filmmaker of the new short ‘Catch,’ Henrie told The Christian Post last week that maturing in Hollywood did not imply that child and teen actors hoping to reshape their careers had to go to extreme lengths to alienate former fans.

“‘I think everyone as they transition out of a younger show wants to transition into a career of acting unless you didn’t like acting and you don’t want to do that anymore,’ explained Henrie. ‘You have to transition out of it and that comes with doing older, more mature roles, but that doesn’t mean doing crazy things that just insult your audience. Your audience has to grow with you.’

“Henrie, 24, said that he had chosen to advance his career through selecting ‘good roles’ and is currently filming a sequel to Mallcop and will be starring alongside Emily Watson and Kevin James in the World War II-themed movie Little Boy, which will be released in October. It was during the latter through which Henrie discovered his latest passion — working behind the camera…” >>READ MORE

 

 

Wound of Love

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Lord, each time You convince me that You love me, it wounds me somehow. A wound too gentle and reassuring to credit such a name, and yet there’s no denying that throbbing ache. I suppose it is my pride that You wound with this Love of Yours, for I feel my ego buckle at even the slightest recognition of Your thirst for me. Could an exhaled breath skim the Berlin Wall causing it to evaporate at its touch, it would serve to demonstrate how Your Love affects my pride. In a fleeting moment of faithful certainty, I feel You knowing me, with a depth I cannot even claim for myself. You unearth my deepest concerns, and I look on with amazement as You transform them from anchors to wings. For too long I have fooled myself into thinking that pride will save my vulnerable heart, even though I have yet to feel the comfort of selfishness, as it does not exist.

You restore my hope in Love. You, Yourself, are the proof of it. You have answered every irrational concern with finesse and compassion. You follow me through every mistake, even as I try to lose You through a false spirit of freedom. You draw near to me. You stay. You choose to feel what I feel, and be where I am. Above all, You Love me, with a Love that bears no parallel. And with every imperfection in my feeble human heart, I choose to demonstrate with my whole life, O Lord my God, I love You too.

Prayer

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When the Lord leads me to prayer, He invites me gently because He knows my heart is easily spooked. He doesn’t rush me. He reassures me, saying “I am all gentleness.” He gestures to welcome me into His heart, offering a simple “Think with Me.” The invitation reaches me with such compassion that there is no doubt He is trustworthy.