Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Divine Mercy Sunday

John 20:19-31  Why Do We Doubt?
Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them.  Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring you hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving but believe.”  Thomas answered and said, “My Lord and my God!”
Today is a special day for me.  At this very moment, I am writing my 1000th meditation!
Way back in June of 2010, I decided to start a blog.  I started it because I wanted to be held accountable to an aspect of religious disciple that had always been good to me:  daily meditation.   A few people I know doubted as to whether or not I would be able to do it daily, especially now that I was working as a diocesan priest.  I had my doubts as well.  But after more than two years, I’ve been pretty consistent with it.  I’ve missed no more than twenty or thirty meditations. 
We may doubt ourselves.  We may even doubt others.  But who we should never doubt is the Lord.  What I have realized over time is that the more faith I have in myself, in others and in God, the more evidence I gather that supports all three.
A few days ago, I hit another milestone:  over two thousand subscribers.  Who would ever have imagined?  Not me!  But I’m glad.  So many people come up to me, either before or after a wedding or funeral or just a daily Mass to thank me for my meditations.  They ask me how I do it and how I come up with so much to write about.  I tell them that my daily blog has made me a better listener, a better reader, a better writer, a better observer and a better priest.  Of course I still need to improve in all of them, but I think I am getting better at them. 
Although I am pleased with all the results, I have to admit:  it’s been getting harder and harder to do the meditations.  I have to remind myself very often of my original purpose and ultimate goal:  to be faithful to my prayer time, to my daily meditation.
It’s very easy to stop.  It’s very easy to just give up.    And far too often we give up before we ever got to what we wanted to be or where we wanted to go. 
I know a child who claims to be an atheist.  Now, to be an atheist means to be certain there is no God.  I don’t know about you, but I find it striking that someone could be so certain of such a big thing and at such a young age (10 years old).  But maybe this child’s “certainty” has nothing to do with scientific evidence but rather with a lack of evidence of God; or more specifically, a lack of evidence of God in their life and in others.
Thomas was not there.   Again, I don’t know about you, but I can personally say that I have had moments in my life where I felt like I was “left out” even excluded from the joy experienced by others.  I think this was how Thomas felt.  Let’s not fool ourselves; the Lord knew Thomas was missing.  So why in the world did Christ not show up when all the disciples were gathered together?  I don’t know.  Only God knows.  But what we do know was that nothing short of seeing God “face to face” would be sufficient for Thomas.  The eye witness testimony given by Mary Magdalene was not enough.  The unexpected joy and peace of the others disciples was more irritating than satisfying to Thomas.  It’s logical:  nothing is ever enough to satisfy a hurt heart. 
Thomas had a problem with God, but it didn’t have anything to do with “certainty”.  Rather, it had everything to do with a lack of evidence of God in his life.  And that left him with a broken heart and a confused mind. 
Don’t we often judge others from a skewed point of view?  Don’t we excuse or marginalize their testimony based on our own subjective feelings? We can definitely make a mountain out of mole hill, and if we are imbalanced, then chances are our judgments will be far from balanced.
Resolution:  Lord, it’s very easy to feel like Thomas felt: left out.  But we know he was wrong.  We know you love us unconditionally, even to the point of your own death.  Help us always to have faith, hope and love in you, and to the solemn promise you made to those who follow you:  “I will be with you till the end of time.”   This is faith receiving evidence.  This is God’s Divine Mercy.    


  1. Father Alfonse I am so thankful to have a priest like you in my life, thanks to your wonderful meditations I am becoming to be a better person, be wife, mother, daugther, sister and friend. To be honest sometimes it was very hard for me to accept that I was wrong, and was kind of dissapointed with some of your meditations, but I knew that God was working on me thru you. God loves me so much and an example of his love for my and my family
    is the blessing to have you like brother and friend.
    God bless you always.

  2. Dear father Alfonse,
    Normally I don't write comments, but I just wanted to say congratulations on your 1000th meditation!!!! I know it is not easy, but God will reward your hard work. You are helping me to better understand the scriptures and grow deeper in my spiritual life. Thank you so much for doing that.

  3. I discovered the meditations last week and can not get enough. I never thought of Thomas feeling left out. Thank you Father for this blog.

  4. 1000! a Landmark ! Thank you Father for the time you spend on these mediations.I am a youth minister at my church and often share them with my teens, the substance is timely and appropriate! You are a gift! Bless you are in my prayers.

  5. Thank you fr. Alfonse for sharing your wisdom and guidance. I have only subscribed for a short time and I am inspired by your meditations. Today you mention an atheistic child and it touches my heart as my child has professed this at the age of 11 too. I know I will continue to pray for her and for God to change her heart. I will pray for you to have strength to continue your ministry here as well.

  6. Hey Father Alfonse! Thank you so much for this meditation. Your blog helps me open my eyes and ears to God, even if I feel like I am hearing nothing. God bless. - Erica


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