I Do. The Wedding at Cana.

JMJ Far be it for me to comment on this particular text when so many great scholars, past and present have undertaken this task. The homily given at our church today by our deacon, who is a most devout man, "frankensteined" many of these commentaries, along with his own pious commentary and ruminations and was … Continue reading I Do. The Wedding at Cana.

Let It Be

JMJ To simply say: Yes. Coming to God, seeking holiness is not an act of will beyond surrendering our own will pinned under our fallen nature to God. We cannot by our own strength lift the boulder that presses us into the mud. We can only cry out from the miry clay: Help! Rescue me, … Continue reading Let It Be

Born Anew Through Mary; Born into the Family of Christ.

JMJ Who am I that I should be arrogant enough to claim myself worthy to be a slave to the Handmaiden? How dare I claim acceptance to Her court? Let it be that these lofty ambitions be a prayer. O Holy Spirit, I implore Thee, allow me, by the Grace of God, to serve Him … Continue reading Born Anew Through Mary; Born into the Family of Christ.

The Unbearable Violence of Me-ing

JMJ To have read the Gospel of Jesus and to ask: How can I live the life Jesus taught in the modern world? It is a question asked by cowards. It is a question asked by me. The first problem is the "I". Is not this the essence of the question? Here is another question: … Continue reading The Unbearable Violence of Me-ing

The First Christmas

JMJ Holy, Immaculate Mary was the very first Christian. Blessed Mary was the first person to say "yes," to Jesus. It is around Christmas we begin to think about the Word becoming flesh--the incarnation of the Messiah. I submit to you, kind reader, myself being no theological authority but merely one who spends many hours … Continue reading The First Christmas

A Voice Calling Out in the Parking Lot

JMJ Pluck Out Thine Own Eye is a Meaningless Statement to the Blind Perhaps the greatest obstacle to becoming a saint is complete honesty. What is honesty? It is more than telling the truth and being equitable in one's personal and business dealings. Honesty is not something one does, rather is something one is.  In … Continue reading A Voice Calling Out in the Parking Lot

My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord!

JMJ My Soul Doth Magnify the LordMary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour! I, Erik, a slave to the Handmaiden of the Lord, am avowed to take the Blessed Virgin Mary as a model for my life; a task at which I fall short several times … Continue reading My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord!