Entries by Jacques Daniel

The ‘Ten Best New Year Resolutions’

The Christmas season has come to an end and, the New Year has begun. The decorations have come down, and the trees have been put away. What a graced season it has been. After the consecration of our diocese to Our Lady on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, I am excited what Our […]

One’s ‘yes’ is at the heart of Christmas

Christmas decorations began going up well before Thanksgiving Day. I received my first Christmas card a few days prior to Thanksgiving Day. We began the season of Advent three days after Thanksgiving Day. As we all know, the season of Advent continues until the celebration of Christmas. The official end of the Christmas season is […]

What do I own and what owns me?

In Luke’s Gospel, chapter 12, Jesus shares a parable which always makes me nervous because of its challenge. I always wonder if I am living up to the challenge. He says, “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” I believe […]

Surrender all aspects of life to stewardship

I want to reiterate that stewardship is at the very heart of our call to discipleship. Discipleship is not about volunteering, and stewardship is not about money, but surrendering all aspects of our lives to the Lord. Stewardship has the power to shape and mold our understanding of who we are as disciples. Christian stewards […]

Live out the baptismal call by putting faith into action

One of the great myths among many Catholics today is regarding the notion of stewardship. When the word comes up at Mass in the homily, frequently what goes through a person’s mind is the thought, “Here comes another talk about money.” One can easily derive such a thought because often times, stewardship has been related […]

All people deserve love, respect and compassion

It has been about three weeks now since the two decisions regarding marriage were handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court. Many went into the streets celebrating this “new” freedom. However, it was truly a sad day for the institution of marriage in this country. I echo the words of Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New […]

A basic freedom, religious liberty is eroding

The fight for religious liberty continues. And it must. Each day as I read news articles on the Internet and listen to various news programs on television, I discover more and more examples of violations of religious freedom and other basic freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution on which this country was founded. Some of the […]

New Evangelization reminds all of discipleship

Happy Pentecost to you all! Pope Benedict XVI shared these words in the second year of his pontificate: “But what does it mean to love Christ? It means trusting him even in times of trial, following him faithfully even on the Via Crucis, in the hope that soon the morning of resurrection will come. Entrusting […]

Faith grows when we rediscover his love day by day

We have just celebrated this great feast of the Resurrection and have now moved into the seven weeks of Easter leading to the great feast of Pentecost. Often times, the feast of Pentecost seems to be rather neglected in the life of many Catholics. Yes, it comes seven weeks following Easter, but its prominence in […]