10 Phrases of Nobel Winning Scientists that Think that Faith and Science are Compatible

The other day I had the opportunity of speaking to a group of Italian youth. I asked how many of them believe in God or not. One responded saying, “I don’t believe in religion; rather, I believe in science.” I love this response because it is a typical, yet fertile starting point for speaking about the faith, religion and God.

“I believe in science.” I couldn’t put it better myself. The attitude of belief and science not only are not opposed, rather, they go hand and hand. Why? Because science often leads us to believe and accept as certain many truths that often seem to be everything but certain or evident according to our senses. Take a look at the table that your computer is resting upon. It looks pretty solid, correct? In reality, it is more like a cloud of united particles that is mostly empty.

No doubt about it: Jesus is Lord

Readings for Today

If I were in the shoes of Saint Thomas, I would have reacted just as he did. I would have doubted. I mean, rising from the dead. How many people can say that have witnessed a death, and seen new life. It is too bad we remember Thomas too often for his doubt. Thomas believed. He shed his life. How did he move from doubt to faith? By a personal encounter with Jesus. Spend some time with Jesus to get to know him better today.

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, July 3, 2018.
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The pathway to God: Homily for Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Readings for Today

I have never been in a mine shaft, but I have been in the catacombs.  Being underground in cramped quarters is not always pleasant.  It is poorly lit, there is not a lot of room, and it can be cold and damp. But what is absolutely important is to have light.  Without light, it is pitch black underground.  The saint we celebrate today has a name that means light. And she is often pictured as a saint of light, with candles on her head. Some think this is related to her being able to see in the catacombs.

On the surface of her life, it can seem like it was not easy for her to see.  She suffered an absolutely horrible martyrdom.  Turned over to authorities by a man who wanted to marry her, because she would not marry him.  But look at what happened through her Christian witness.  Faith in the Nordic countries began even though she never went there.  Because she allowed God to light her way, she became a beacon of faith to people she did not know.

Faith, Not Philosophy: Homily for Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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Readings for Today

There are some people who are very clever.  They speak eloquently. We might even admire what they say.  But we can never confuse this with faith.  Faith is not always about the right words, smart thought, or philosophy. Faith is faith.  It is about believing and trusting in God.

This philosophical approach was used by Paul.  But it was not successful.  That is because faith is about a personal relationship with Jesus.  It is not simply about thinking, or “cleverly concocted myths”, but is about allowing Jesus into our lives and hearts.

Daily prayer for Monday, July 3, 2017

O St. Thomas, the Apostle of India, Father of our faith, you spread the light of Christ in the hearts of the people of India. You humbly confessed “My Lord and My God” and sacrificed your life for love of him. We pray to you to strengthen us with love and faith in Jesus Christ so that we may dedicate ourselves totally to the cause of the kingdom of justice, peace and love. We pray that through your intercession we may be protected from all trials, dangers and temptations and be strengthened in the love of the Triune God, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Taken from: http://lordcalls.com/prayers-to-saints/prayer-to-st-thomas-the-apostle

Daily Prayer for Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Act of Faith

O my God, I firmly believe that you are on God in three divine Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  I believe that your divine Son became man and died for our sins, and that he shall come to judge the living and the dead.  I believe these and all the truths the holy Catholic Church teaches, because you have revealed them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived.

Unbelief: Homily for Monday, February 20, 2017

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Readings for Today

Unbelief.  In the midst of everything that happens in today’s world, it can be difficult to believe. First, there are the things that have always been difficult for people of faith. Such things as an innocent child who gets sick and dies. Or an inexplicable car accident or other type of accident which takes someone’s life to early. Perhaps there are those instances where a relationship fails, and we seek answers. Maybe the difficulty is simply that we cannot seem to believe in what we cannot see, or experience, or touch. There can be many challenges to belief.

That is true even for people who do believe. Such is what we witnessed in today’s gospel. A man brings his son in faith for a cure. But the disciples are incapable. The disciples simply cannot bring about a cure for this man’s son. And the scene seems more than a little chaotic. Not only is there the inability of the disciples for a cure, we hear that there are scribes arguing with a large crowd and the disciples. One can only imagine the depth of this argument in confronting something that is evil.

For anyone who has been involved in pastoral ministry, in trying to console those who grieve, it becomes clear that there is nothing more difficult, or at least few things more difficult, the parent who has a sick child, or a child who dies. It is in this vein that Jesus reminds us in the gospel that faith makes anything possible. But here’s the interesting line: I do believe, help my unbelief! In the midst of a difficult life even for people of faith, there is the recognition of the need for a closer relationship to God. Let us pray that God strengthens our faith as well.

Family: Homily for Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Readings for Today

Family.  In some ways there is nothing so comforting and at the same time nothing so challenging as family.  Our families love us.  Our families care for us.  But families can also bring conflict.  Families can hurt.  Families can be the source of misunderstanding.  Certainly it is not difficult to see the challenges Jesus had in his family.

And there is an important message to us too.  The primacy of his family is their faith in God.  It is not simply because of a biological relationship.  It is about faith.  It is about trust.  It is about what God does for us.  We pray that we too might have such faith and trust.

Homily for Friday, May 2, 2014

Readings for Today

Wisdom is a powerful gift of the Holy Spirit.  Wisdom is not just that a few facts are known.  It is not just cramming our head with facts.  Wisdom is more than common sense.  It is not just knowing what to do.  In fact, wisdom is a multifaceted thing that incorporates all of these things and more.  The World English dictionary defines wisdom this way: “the ability or result of an ability to think and act utilizing knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight.”

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