The Original Novena: Ascension to Pentecost

by Fr. Jeff Loseke Devotionally speaking, Pentecost marks the fulfillment of the original “novena” prayed by the early Church in anticipation of the promised Gift of the Holy Spirit.  After Jesus’ Resurrection, He spoke repeatedly to His Apostles about how He would send the Holy Spirit to remain with them after He ascended into heavenly glory.  The Acts of the Apostles recounts how Mary, the Apostles, and other disciples returned to the upper room and remained there in prayer and supplication.  The total number of days between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday is nine.  This is the reason the Church’s…

Please Excuse My Absence

Friends, I have noticed that readers continue to check in faithfully, week after week, only to find no new posts and no explanation. It occurred to me that perhaps I should comment on my absence. I haven’t forgotten my blog. But the fact is that I have a huge deadline looming at the end of September. I am finalizing my first book, which is scheduled for release in February 2017. Exciting? Yes. Time consuming? Absolutely. More information to come as the release date gets closer. In the meantime, please check out our book club at spiritualdirection.com, where we continue to read and comment on Life of…

23 Great Movies to Inspire Sacrifice

They say that visual images can become powerful conduits of change. Maybe a few great movies can set the stage. Rev us up. Inspire our wills to engage in something greater than ourselves. And if not, well, at least we’ll have enjoyed two hours of great entertainment!

Lord, Teach Me to Love

Dear Lord, This morning in prayer I was contemplating your Sacred Heart.  I thought about Saint Margaret Mary and how you told her of your great love for us and your desire to be loved.  How you ask that we make reparation for all those who don’t love you.  Those who take you for granted even as they call themselves Christians. I thought of your great desire for love and sacrifices.  In a passion of prayer, my heart was full to overflowing. I threw myself at your feet and promised that I would love you. That I would do anything to make up for…

Divine Mercy for Godly Leaders

Tomorrow is Super Tuesday. Voters from thirteen states and one territory will head to the polls to voice their choice of Republican and Democratic candidates for president of the United States of America. As a resident of Nebraska, I will not be voting tomorrow, but will be riveted to my television set to learn where all the votes land. With 600 delegates up for grabs, tomorrow will either serve to further solidify the current path or prove to be a significant game changer. Thus far there has been record-setting participation throughout this process. Americans realize there is a lot at stake in this election….