Being Present in the Moment with God in the New Year

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). As the new year approaches, I have almost on queue begun to take inventory of what changes I should be considering for 2019, you know, making things better in […]

Christmas Message – A Pearl Paid for, with a Great Price

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it, he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of […]

Mary, Mother of Jesus, Pray for Us!

Now it happened that as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, “Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” (Luke 1: 41-42) The simple, yet majestic […]

For Believers, Hope is a Strategy

This third Sunday of Advent is referred to as “Gaudete Sunday”, meaning we should rejoice, that the new born Savior will be coming soon. On the advent wreath, a pink or rose-colored candle is lighted this day, signifying our joy in the coming Lord, who will atone for our sins and make salvation possible. Again, […]

What Does it Really Mean to Have a Childlike Faith?

“At that time, Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you. Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to the little children” (Luke 10:21). Having a childlike faith is not about possessing some sort of adolescent or mindless […]

Photo Gallery – Growing Up Catholic

A number of photos from the 1950’s and 60’s with author Joe Herzberg, growing up Catholic in Augusta GA.

Can’t Take it With You

“The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God” (From Luke 20:27-40). In […]

The Untapped Potential in Prayer

As I was reflecting on this morning’s Liturgy of the Hours prayer, I was drawn to a sermon attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo, about prayer.  Called “Let us exercise our desire in prayer”, St. Augustine explains that God knows what we want, but wishes us “to exercise our desire through our prayers, so that we […]

Keep our Hand on the Plow, and Follow the Way of Jesus

Last week during a morning Mass I was pleased to see Bishop Kevin Boland, who is emeritus bishop of Savannah. Boland was one of the many priests who came from Ireland to Georgia as missionaries in the late 1950’s through the early 1970’s. Bishop Boland taught briefly as St. John Vianney Seminary, which I attended […]

The Fatigue of Scandal – Where Do We Go from Here?

With the steady drum beat of new revelations of scandal and lack of accountability of the part of Catholic church leaders, the fatigue is palpable, with increasing numbers among the faithful wondering aloud, how long before the church is somehow purified and freed from this awful taint?  While we hear from the hierarchy about an […]