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Perseverance in reading Scripture

I've been trying to post meditations on the daily readings more frequently and consistently.  I love to read the readings, think about them and then share my thoughts, ideas, or insights with you.  I pray they are helpful and I pray that they are really not from me but that I'm just an instrument of the Lord in some way.

Today's readings proved to be much more difficult than the previous days.  God is questioning Job.  The Psalmist realizes there is no way to hide from God.  Jesus is warning those who won't repent.  Oh, happy day...

Okay, that was a bit of sarcasm.  Not every blog post or meditation is going to be perfect but that's okay. Not every day is going to be perfect, it's okay.  God gives us what we need when we need it.

That's one of the beautiful things about scripture.  It's truly "living and active" as St. Paul says.  When our eyes, and more importantly our hearts, are ready for what God has in store, He will reveal it.  The chall…

2016 Rosary-A-Day Giveaway

That's right!  For the month of October we will be giving away one of our handcrafted cord knot rosaries each day during the month of October, the month of the Rosary.

For your chance to win, simply send an email to (webmaster@realliferosary.com) with the words "Rosary-A-Day" in the subject line.  Each day we'll randomly pick a name to win a free "surprise me" (our choice of colors) rosary.  We'll also be giving away some copies of Rosary Meditations for Real Life throughout the month from those names submitted.  Make sure to not be selfish, share the love and let others know!  Good luck!

One winner per household.  Please enter only once, you will receive an email confirming your entry.  Multiple entries from one email address will be deleted. Any order through our site will qualify you for a second entry. Your email will stay in until you win or until the end of the month.  US residents only please unless you are willing to pay the $15 shipping.  Than…

"Proof" of a relationship with Jesus

John 1:45-51

Relationships are interesting things. They are interesting because for the most part there is no “real” way to prove that they exist. I have a very close relationship with my wife. However, there is no concrete proof that the relationship really exists. I could show you my wedding ring but that’s just a symbol and anyone off the street can have a golden band without having a relationship. I could show you my children, a “product” or “result” of the said relationship, but here too the “proof” could be dismissed because it really doesn’t give evidence that my wife and I have an intimate personal loving relationship. It merely proves we are capable of producing offspring as is most of creation.

The only “proof” of a relationship is how the parties involved conduct themselves. If I claim to have a loving, caring relationship with my wife but I am constantly abusing her mentally and physically then the proof speaks otherwise. If I tell everyone I meet how close my children and…

Are you in control?

Recently a semi-famous actor/comedian stated that he was "eternally grateful" that his wife had aborted their first child.  He reasoned that otherwise the life they have now, the life they crafted and created would not have been possible.  If that child had seen the light of day, then perhaps the careers they now have, the home the enjoy, the lifestyle they live, and the children they chose to have would not be here today.  He reasons, for some reason, that that first child they conceived would have ruined their lives.  And so he or she had to be eliminated.  That tiny, defenseless, voiceless human being had to be terminated, killed because he or she stood in the way of Andy's plans.

We live in the midst of a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) epidemic.  We live in a culture that worships the unholy trinity of Me-Myself-I.  Our society is plagued with me-monsters.

From the youngest age we are taught to seize life, control it, guide it, make it what you want.  Don…

The Holy Gauntlet of Life

Today's Readings

Have you ever been dining out with your family and been afraid to pray in public?  Have you at times felt people looking down on you because of your faith?  Do you suspect that some have talked about you in private because you are a Christian?  And all of this without them getting to know you!!

In today's Gospel Jesus sends some followers of His ahead of Him to prepare a place for them to stay.  They return angry and dejected.  Why?  Because the Samaritans refused them hospitality.  Why? Because His little band of followers was headed to Jerusalem.  For a number of reasons, the Jews hated the Samaritans and likewise the Samaritans did not like the Jews.  They especially did not care for devout Jews heading toward the Temple in Jerusalem.

You and I are pilgrims.  We too are on a journey to Jerusalem, the Heavenly Jerusalem.  As Job clearly tells us in the 1st Reading, this pilgrimage is difficult.  In fact, it can be so difficult at times that we may want to cu…

Are you a fair-weather friend of God?

Today's Readings (Job 1:6-22, Psalm 17:1-7, Luke 9:46-50)

Are you a fair-weather friend of God?

Are you the Job God sees or the Job Satan sees?

I can be both at times.  More often I am a fair-weather friend of God.  Yet I want to be more like Job and more like Jesus.  So I offer this meditation to myself just as much as I offer it to you.

No one is born a murderer.  No one is born a liar.  No one is born a thief, adulterer, or con-artist.  It takes years of practice to perfect those sins.

The opposite is also true.  No one is born a saint.  No one is born virtuous.  No one is born patient, honest, or trust-worthy.  It takes years of practice to perfect those virtues.

Both sin and virtue take practice, years of practice.  Even Job was not born "blameless and upright".  In fact, in the verse directly before the beginning of today's first reading we read, "This Job did habitually"

What did Job do habitually?  He feared God and avoided evil.  He trusted God an…

How Firm is your Foundation?

"That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when the flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built." - Luke 6:48
WHEN the flood came.  WHEN the river burst against the house.  Notice it's not "if" this happens but "when".  
The floods of life will come.  Jesus doesn't dance around this issue.  The floods will come to each and every one of us.  The floods of cancer, accidents, financial loss; they will come.  The river of problems with children, pain, suffering, and addiction will burst against the house.  It's part of the fallen world we live in.
Yes, it is a fallen world, one tainted by original sin.  But, lest we despair, this fallen world, full of floods and violent rivers is also a redeemed world.  The Redeemer doesn't give us some easy out, a way to avoid the floods.  Rather, He gives us the tools and materials needed to build a life th…

The first step toward Heaven.

Luke 6:27-38

Often in Scripture we hear the disciples say, "this is a hard saying."  That was the first thing I thought while reading today's Gospel.  Do good to those who hate you?  Really?  Give to those who steal from you? Seriously?  Bless those who curse you?  Come on!  Lend money and don't expect repayment?  This is out of hand!!?

I guess I didn't listen to my own message yesterday...  Yesterday I was excited and felt free knowing that the things of this world aren't that important.  After all, you can't take it with you.  The attachment to things, the attachment to self is a constant struggle for me.  I also have a serious spiritual attention deficit disorder.

Have you ever met someone who actually lives this way?  Have you ever met someone who lives Gospel poverty?  We tend to think of them as crazy, a bit off.  It's the lady who sits two pews in front of you at church.  You know the one.  In conversation she mentions that a friend's cousin…

You can't take it with you!

On a recent trip the grocery store my youngest son found some little car or trinket that he just had to have.  On a previous trip he had spent his money on gum and so didn't have any money at this time.  I refused to buy it for him.  Needless to say, he was miserable the for the rest of the trip and much of the afternoon as he stewed over his "loss".

How is it that 25 cents worth of plastic and tin, that my son had no idea existed seconds before finding it, could make him so miserable?  How could the perceived loss of something he never possessed ruin his day?

Of course I'll need to step down off the soap box and get on his level because I do the same thing.  I bet you do too.  In fact, our culture, like no other, conditions us to be consumers.  It is as though we live to buy or at least possess.  We wake up early to perform a job we may not like in order to get things we don't need or use.  We may even take up a second job to make more money in order to rent a s…

No time for prayer?

Luke 6: 12-19

In today's Gospel we read that Jesus spent the night in prayer.  When was the last time you or I spent the night in prayer?  I'm doing great if I spend 10 minutes in prayer.  Maybe a few times a week I'll spend 20-30 minutes in prayer with the rosary.  Once a month, if I remember, I'll spend maybe an hour in prayer in Adoration but even much of that is time spent trying to rein in my wandering mind.

How does Jesus spend the night in prayer?  I mean, what does He do during that time?  The question sounds silly when I say it out loud, especially when I also say the answer, "He prayed."

In our technology driven world our attention spans have become shorter and shorter.  We have conditioned ourselves to be entertained.  Our cell phones, news, politics, web surfing, and television viewing are all just varying degrees of entertainment.  If you don't believe me, just ask an advertising executive; an honest one.

Today, making time for prayer is a s…