Welcome to my blog!

While I have enjoyed for many years writing articles and even doing a weekly television program, this is my first venture into the world of blogs.

What I would like to do in this blog is to talk about our Catholic faith, what it teaches, why it is so important, certainly to me, and why, I hope, it would be important to you.  My plan is to take some aspect of the teaching of the Catholic Church and comment briefly on it in the hope that there might be readers who would find this helpful or at least engaging.  For example, as we enter the Lenten season, I would like to share with you in the future some thoughts on what this time of penance and spiritual renewal means.

The title for the blog, “Seek First the Kingdom,” comes from the challenge of Jesus to his disciples that in the midst of all the things that make up our daily life we would keep our hearts clearly focused on something that is not as visible as the creation around us, but is every bit as real – the presence of God in our lives.  This presence we call the kingdom of God and it finds its expression in the things that we say and do.

Not all that long ago, a person asked me, “Do you really think religion brings anything to our world today?”  I responded with a question.  “What do you think the world would be like if we had not heard over and over again, century after century, the voice of religion telling us ‘You shall not kill,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ ‘Do unto others as you would have them do to you,’ ‘Feed the hungry,’ ‘Clothe the naked,’ ‘Visit the sick and imprisoned’?”  Much to my delight, that person responded, “It would be a mess.”

Into the future, with this blog, I would like to share why it is that our Catholic faith brings so much to the world around us, why we are all empowered to begin to manifest the kingdom of God and what we can do to make sure that things don’t become one great mess.

My hope is that in this digital world we will have an opportunity, as Pope Benedict XVI once said, “to meet each other beyond the confines of space” in a way that we might create “an entirely new world of potential friendships.”  It is in that context that I welcome you to this blog.