Tag: Father Leo Clifford

How About You and Me?

How about you and me? As we go on our unremembered way down here in this valley of tears, how real has the Lord become for you and me? Have we discovered Him to be what He is – Our changeless friend, the companion of our exile, the lover of

Isn’t That Our Problem? We Always Want Things To Make Sense In Our Terms.

“Well, my dear friends, you don’t need to have much imagination to imagine Our Lady in the seventh month, the eighth month, the ninth month, with life stirring within Her. As like all mothers-to-be, She was crocheting and knitting and preparing for the birth of the child. And then one

She believed that He was Her Father; that He loved Her, that She was His child, and that She would accept whatever He arranged.

She is the Mother of the Christ who is to be formed in you and me. And when we need Our Mother to help us to do the great work that is our challenge in life. And She’s our model in Faith. Saint Augustine reminds us that Our Lady was

Valley Of Tears

Ralph Waldo Emerson tells the story of a journey through the states in a coach. It was a day in which the clouds were low and heavily charged, and the people in that coach were silent, preoccupied inside, as they went on their journey. Here and there the coach stopped.

Bury The Hatchet

In Ireland, we used to say that we were willing to bury the hatchet but we made sure to mark the spot because we might need it again. Oh, no! That cannot be! We must go and find a deep river or lake or the ocean and stand there and


I remember many years ago, preaching at a funeral of an old, old man. And it was very difficult because there was an old man in the front pew who cried from his heart all during Mass. At the end of Mass, I went to speak to him and I

This Is Not Dead

“The Lord comes to live in me and possess me. That is our Faith. The poet expressed the problem very wonderfully when he said, “If thou could empty all thyself of self, like to a shell uninhabited, then coming might He find thee on the ocean shelf and say, ‘This

I Know It Is Not Easy

“I know it is not easy. I know we have to begin again each day. I know the struggle is real. But we are not alone in the battle. The Lord Himself, who gave the philosophy, is within us to enable us to achieve success. And Our Lord is not

Where You and I come With Our Sorrow and Our Sincerity.

The thief on the cross, this man, after a lifetime of evil, who must have emptied many pockets as he broke many hearts, here he is being given Heaven in a moment by the grand and noble gesture by the God whose name is Love. Remember that same love and

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