Tuesday, January 25, 2011

here comes the hotstepper

"here comes the hotstepper
i'm the lyrical gangster" (Ini Kamoze - Here Comes the Hotstepper, 1994)
another blast from the past - this time a ditty from the year i graduated from Moncton High School. i'm the lyrical gangster, homiletical disaster, fantastic blogger, rookie take-my-time runner, scary alligator, i'm-running-out-of-things-to-say-er.

enough of that. i'm learning a lot from running. i've gone to the Running Room, and they've helped me get started. i've already ran my first 5k, and now setting goals to reach 10k by the summer. now that this is in print, you can help me be accountable. indeed, i'm learning not only exercise but the running philosophy + theology. i've experienced the runner's high - it's true - and it is helping me in my ministry. i was always the guy laughing at runners - "why are you doing such crazy things", i would say. "what are you running from?" i was asking the wrong questions. it is not what one is running from but what one is running to.

the same question applies when you see someone reading. the same question applies when you see someone celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation. in fact, these things are now forming the backbone of my sanity - of how i'm trying to walk this journey of holiness. please offer comments/suggestions as you see fit.

i run, i read, i go to confession, because i want to be a better person, a better man, a better priest. when one of these things gets out of balance, or when i stop doing them, you know there is something wrong. let me add a fourth pillar in there: rest! i run for exercise, i read to know, to be able to say something while writing those homilies, and i celebrate Reconciliation, the Eucharist, and spend time in prayer because we are all called to be with God, not only work for Him. finally, after a long days work, rest is in order. after celebrating a year and a bit of ordination, sharing in the priesthood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, i still struggle to find balance. we all struggle with the bad in order to do the good. if Christians struggle against the secular culture, then priests who live in this world, in this culture, must fight the good fight of faith as well, less they fall - and fall hard. again, get busy living, or get busy dying.

on this feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, i ask for your prayers for my conversion - that i can continue the journey of becoming a better man, a better Christian, a better priest. peace out.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

let it be

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Heart of Mary

"when i find myself in times of trouble,
mother Mary comes to me,
speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
and in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me,
speaking words of wisdom, let it be." (The Beatles - Let it Be, 1970)
happy and holy new year! today we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, as well as the World Day of Peace! both point to the same reality, to the same person: Our Lord Jesus Christ. this holy year of 2011, may Mary guide you to peace in Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. peace out!