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Climbing the Mountain


Climbing the Mountain “Come, let us climb the mountain of the Lord…” Isaiah 2:3 “Moving on from there Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there.  Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others. They placed them at his feet, and he cured them.” Matthew 15:29-30 Was Jesus being insensitive? ... Read More

Living God’s Mercy – Mercy Mission (Part III of III)


Living God’s Mercy Mercy Mission (Part III of III) Today, we bring you part III of the “Mercy Mission” which Father Michael Najim preached just prior to Holy Week.  In part one, he spoke of understanding God’s mercy. Part two dealt with experiencing God’s mercy.  And today, Father will focus on living God’s mercy and giving it to others. Part three of this “Mercy... Read More

Receiving God’s Mercy – Mercy Mission (Part II of III)


Receiving God’s Mercy Mercy Mission (Part II of III) Today, we bring you part two of the “Mercy Mission” Father Michael Najim preached before Holy Week, which focuses on receiving and experiencing God’s mercy. As a bonus, a beautiful Ignatian-style guided meditation is included as part of this talk as well. In part one, Father Najim reflected on What is Mercy? For part two... Read More

What is Mercy? – Mercy Mission (Part I of III)

April 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Mercy, Prayer, Spiritual Direction, Videos


What is Mercy? Mercy Mission (Part I of III) Father Michael Najim preached this “Mercy Mission” in March prior to Holy Week over the course of three days.  And, he has graciously shared it with us in order that we might share it with you. Today, we will bring you the first part of the “Mercy Mission”.  It will be followed in the next two days with part two and part three. For... Read More

A Holy Week Meditation


A Holy Week Meditation During the Monday through Wednesday liturgies of Holy Week, we listen to the three gospel passages that afford us the opportunity to meditate on the parts of Christ’s body that were “pierced for our sins” (Isaiah 53:5): his hands, his feet, and his heart. In Monday’s Gospel, we contemplate Jesus reclining at table with Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead. There... Read More

The Gift of Pain

January 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Challenges, Fr. Najim, Spiritual Direction, Suffering


The Gift of Pain   I’ve learned many lessons in my short life, but one thing is for sure: we all know what it’s like to experience pain. Life can be difficult at times, and pain can come to us in different ways: physical, emotional, spiritual, or psychological. You’ve probably experienced pain in your life. Maybe you’re in pain right now. Maybe you’re in the pain of depression or... Read More

Weakness or Blessing? Spiritual Transformation

November 19, 2015 by  
Filed under Blessings, Challenges, Fr. Najim, Spiritual Direction, Videos


Weakness or Blessing? Spiritual Transformation As we prepare for Thanksgiving in the United States a week from today on Thursday, November 26th this year, Father Michael Najim has some profound thoughts for how we can see our weaknesses in a new light, as a gift and blessing from the Lord.  He writes: “We all have weaknesses that we wish we just didn’t have.  But what if your greatest weakness... Read More

How to Start Your Day in Holiness

November 5, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Holiness, Prayer, Spiritual Direction


How to Start Your Day in Holiness   We learn so much from our parents, good habits and bad.  Maybe that’s why I’ve always been conflicted about waking up in the morning.  On the one hand, my father has always risen before the sun; he’s the earliest riser in the family.  On the other hand, my mother, well, that’s a different story.  Although she gets up early for work, the truth is... Read More

Are You Living It Right?


Are You Living It Right?   I wonder sometimes about the outcome of a still verdictless life.  Am I living it right? John Mayer God uses nature and the seasons to teach us many lessons about life.  If you’ve been reading [my] blog, you’ve probably noticed that I like to write about autumn simply because I think it is the most poetic season (at least in New England), a season that teaches... Read More

Are You Fully Alive?


Are You Fully Alive? St. Irenaeus, a bishop and early Church Father, wrote, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” I love this quote.  In one sentence he describes what it means to be holy. To be holy means being fully alive; to be holy means being fully the persons God created us to be. To be fully alive is not equivalent to the modern notion of “living life to its fullest.”  When... Read More

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