Wednesday, September 20, 2017

New Episodes of "The Reel Bible"

                                                                                                                                      September 20, ‘17

To All My Colleagues, Friends, and Students past and present,
              For those of you who want to view the film course, Sessions 4 and 5 are now ready. Just click on the following links and enjoy! The link for Episode 4:; and the link for Episode 5:
              And for those of you who are getting a late start, here are the links for the first 3 Episodes:                                                                                                             
              I would love to hear from you too about your own insights into the film scenes used, as well as comments on the course so far.


An Antioch Weekend is Coming!

              We are planning an Adult Antioch Weekend Retreat Nov 3rd to 5th in Kennebunkport Maine. The Antioch Retreat is a time to pause and come together to pray, listen, sing, laugh, and experience the power of God's Love. If you, or someone you know, feel a need in your life for a greater experience of God's Love, please come and see... 

Where: Franciscan Guest House (, in Kennebunkport Maine
When: Fri November 3rd to Sunday afternoon, November 5th, 2017
Cost: Approximately $150 to $170 per person (or what you are able to give)

               More details about the retreat will be sent out soon.

               Please contact Bernadette Michaud Adamo( or John Dawyot ( if you are interested in attending the retreat. Please invite anyone who you feel would benefit from this weekend.

               For more information on the Antioch Retreat, you can go to this website...

              By the way, you can always contact me as well for further info. I would love to hear from you!

Peace to yopu in Jesus,

Doug +

"Then you shall draw water with joy from the wells of salvation, and shall say on that day:
Give thanks to the Lord acclaim His name!
Make known His doings among the people,
Bear record that His name is exalted!
Sing praises to the lord, for proudly has he wrought:
let this be known through all the earth!
Cry aloud and sing for joy, O inhabitants of Zion!
For great in your midst is the Holy one of Israel."
(Isaiah 12:3-6)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Reel Bible , Session 3, The Beloved

Dear friends, enjoy Session 3 of "The Reel Bible" at

Peace, and God bless,
                                      Doug M. +

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Marriage in Jesus Christ

Dear Friends,

              There have been requests for the abridged version of the marriage reflection, which version was the one actually used by me recently at a most beautiful wedding celebration. The following is that shortened version, and feel free to use it and quote it in your parish marriage preparation classes.

              Doug Michaud +

Marriage in Jesus Christ

            In John 12:32 Jesus says, “…and I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all humanity to myself.” In many ways this incredible verse becomes the basis for St. John’s very unique vision of the Gospel.
            What is that vision? It is that in Jesus on the Cross, God Father, Son, and Holy Spirit reveal the fullness of God’s Love for humanity – that Love as something consummately beautiful; that Love as all-powerful, even a decisive force in the face of Evil. And for John the Joy of the Gospel, the Joy of the Good News, is that in Holy Communion with the Lord we are drawn into the Jesus’ Life, Love, Power, and Freedom.

            In Holy Communion with Jesus we are now called by the Father to be like His Son, to be the Face of His Love in this world and for each other; to be for each other the Face of a Love like only God can Love.

            In Holy Matrimony especially the call is there for husband and wife to mirror to the world God’s Love for His Bride, His Church, His people. But above all the call is there for husband and wife to mirror God’s Love to each other.
            To our wedding couple I say this is your call today, and realize always what a sublime Grace and Gift this call, this vocation, truly is which you embrace in this moment.   
            Realize, first of all, that it is a Grace and Gift, a Grace and Gift that only becomes possible for humanity by being in Holy Communion with the Spirit of the Risen Christ. After the Resurrection Jesus told His Apostles, “And behold, I send the promise of the Father upon you; but stay in the city, until you are clothed with Power from on high.” (Luke 24:49) Carrying forward the thought of our Lord, in fact, don’t even think of committing to such Love, His Love, Divine Love, apart from such Power. 

            What is that like – God’s Love, Divine Love, a Love like only God can love? Dominic Cavallaro, a dear friend and former teacher, would always point me toward the Cross to understand that Love - and for our Bride and Groom before us today that is exactly what I am doing now: pointing you always toward the Cross to see the perfection of Love, to see the fullness of God. Especially Dom would especially point me toward the Cross when I complained to him about how much someone was hurting me.

            Pointing to the Cross Dom would say, “Love that person, forgive that person even as Jesus forgave all humanity from the Cross. And my friend would always add the following imperative to his most wise counsel, “Doug, forgive people, and always ask yourself how much they have been hurt to become so mean.”


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            Dom’s message was very much like the incredible message of Corrie Ten Boom, author of the book, “The Hiding Place”, and a concentration camp survivor after World War II.  Her message, if not her actual words: Because of the death of Jesus on the Cross all the sins of humanity since the dawn of human history have become as a drop of water to be lost in the ocean of God’s Mercy.

            To be for each other the Face of divine Love is most importantly then to be the Face of Divine Mercy, to be a Love for each other that is unconditional, a Love that always shows mercy, that always takes us back after we fail and fall, a Love that forgives, and forgives not “seven times, but seventy times seven”. (Matthew 18:21-22)

            To do this, holy communion with the Spirit of the Risen Christ makes all the difference. How true this is in holy matrimony.

            For your spouse to feel that their sins are lost forever in the ocean of God’s mercy and forgiveness. Or for them to feel your forgiveness not seven times, but seventy times seven. Love does that! Unconditional Love pays the price to give amazing Grace! And the call of Divine Love is to do precisely that. John 12:32! Jesus lifted up on the Cross calls all humanity into holy communion with Himself. Why? To be drawn into His Life and Love, into a Love like His own, into the beauty and power of a Love Like only God can Love.

            Yes, again I say to our wedding couple today, look to the Cross to understand Love. Look to Jesus lifted up!           

            Always look to the Cross. Always respect the Cross – but in the literal sense of the Latin root for the word “respect”: “respicere”, to look again, to look deeper. Never stop contemplating the depth of the Love revealed there, the manifestation of God made visible there. And let the scriptures guide you into that deeper contemplation. Hebrews 12:2: “…Jesus, for the Joy that was set before Him, endured the Cross…” Or Philippians 2:5-8: “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a Cross.

            What is this Joy for which Jesus endured even the Cross? What is this “emptying Himself” of all that was equality with God?

            As for the Joy set before Him, worth even the price of Calvary? It was you, each of you. It was me. We are all of us His happy thought, His ecstatic thought. We are all of us, each of us, the Spouse of the Lamb. He died with your name, my name, upon His lips.

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            At the thought of you there was Love in Him so strong that it was “a flash of divine fire”, “a flame of Yahweh Himself”. The Power of that Love could endure all. “Deep waters” could not quench the Love that burned within Him at the thought of you; “raging floods” could not sweep it away. (Song of Songs 8:6-7)  Tribulation, distress, persecution, peril, nakedness or sword - nothing could tear us from His Love. (Romans 8:3) With our names upon His lips He embraced even the Cross all in the hope that He could us take with Him back home forever to the Heart of the Father. (John 14:1-3) Such was the Love that Jesus had for His bride. His message to us, to you our wedding couple: Go and do likewise for your Beloved as well. (John 13:15)

            As for “emptying Himself” of all that was equality with God, let Tolkien in “Lord of the Rings” enlighten us. In a very real way his portrayal of the love of Arwen for Aragorn, parallels the Love of Jesus for us, His Bride, the Church. Arwen’s Love is also a Love like only God can Love, and it epitomizes the “emptying” of which St. Paul speaks, that “self-emptying” of Christ out of love for us.

            Arwen, to be with Aragorn her beloved, to be always by his side, surrenders the immortality of her people, the Elves. In her own words to Aragorn, in a most beautiful scene in Rivendell, she says, “I would rather share one life-time with you than face all the ages of this world alone.” She sacrifices her own immortality to be with the one she loves. For him she empties from her life her power to live forever.

            In a substantial way, Jesus does something very similar, and that parallel is not at all lost to the view of Tolkien. To Jesus such is our dignity, our value, our inestimable worth, that the torment of the Cross was nothing compared to the torment of an eternity, and even of a Paradise, without His Bride, the Church; nothing compared to the torment of losing the Dream, the Dream of His Spouse, humanity, being with Him forever.

            Love like only God can Love… How holy matrimony sublimely and uniquely makes the radiant Light of that Love visible for all to see.      

            Now I ask this question of our wedding couple: “Is Love like that for each other burning in your hearts today?” Yes! And never be surprised when you see it! Never be surprised when you see in each other a Love that is the Face of Jesus reaching out to you, Love far beyond all that you could have asked or imagined possible, Love far beyond anything you could have ever dared to dream real (1 Cor. 2:9-10) – Love like in the Browning poem “How Do I Love Thee”: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach when feeling out of sight for the ends of being and divine life.”

            I think of my own Bride, Patricia, who is ever by my side. Have I ever even understood the depth of her Love, or the price she has paid to be ever present to me, ever by my side? No. But at times I do glimpse something of the depth of that Love, and in that Love I have always seen the Face of Jesus. Most of the time, I glimpse that Christ-like Love when we leave her family’s home after a visit in Michigan.
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            For all the years we have been together, never once have I failed to see her tears as we leave, as she leaves her loved ones and the home of her youth. And it shakes me to the core of my being to know that she has done that for me, to know the price she has paid to be with me rather than without me, to be together for life. Over the years in those tears I have always seen in my beautiful Bride a most Sacred Heart that has embraced for me the Cross of Divine Love.

            And to our wedding couple I will also offer the following advice, a most important counsel: never doubt that such awesome Love is sacramental. The Power of such Love reaching out to touch you through your spouse imparts Grace, the Life and the healing Presence of God. Your Love for each other in Christ can raise your spouse to the heights of a life lived to the full (John 10:10), set them free from all fear, empower them to pursue and achieve dreams of excellence, dreams of courage, dreams that great Love inspires in the hearts of all of us.

            So also any spouse in Christ for the one they love. And so also, my wife for me. In the dark hours of my life, when everything seems to be coming to pieces, when life hits so hard that I am at the edge of brokenness and breakdown, the Love of my Bride has healed me, raised me to Life and set me free from all doubt and fear. Her Love in Christ is “my Light and Salvation”. Whom or what should I fear? Her Love in Christ is “the stronghold of my life”. Of whom or what should I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)

            If I speak to an audience of thousands of people and my Bride is there, smiling by my side – and she always is – I know no fear but only freedom in the embrace of her Love. And to our wedding couple today I say unequivocally that your Love in Christ will make the same be true for you. Your Love for each other, your presence with each other, will impart Grace to your Beloved, will be the source of nothing less than sacramental Power.

            My Bride is always there for me, here with me. The very expressions are evocative of the Divine Name, “I am Who am with you”. Oh yes, that is the full meaning of “Yahweh”, the name of God in the Old Testament – and even more than that: “I am Who am with you with Grace and Truth”, with unconditional Love and Mercy, with a Love that will be true to you “no matter what”. (Echoes of Rocky and Adrian movies here, but why not?!)

            At the birth of Jesus, God made those words come alive, become flesh in His Son. ‘And his name shall be called “Emmanuel” (which means, God with us)’. (Matthew 1:23) But it was on the Cross where God in Jesus paid the price to have us, the Church, His Bride, be with him through all the ages of eternity.

            And to our wedding couple I will say that ultimately to become for each other the mirror of the Divine Name – “God with us” - is the true height and scope of the call you commit to and embrace this day. And as much as a burning candle makes all the difference in a dark room, so also will be your Love in the Lord for each other, and the presence of Christ touching each of you through your spouse.

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            When I was drifting off into a deep sleep for my cancer surgery, my Bride was holding my hand and it made all the difference. She was there, and in her Love the Lord was there as well. Yes, in the dark hours of my life she has always been there. And not always with words, but always with her beautiful eyes, she has “I am here, by your side. I am Who am present, Who will go with you, Who will always stand by you.” And with her presence, her embrace, she has always touched me with a Love that is not only her own but His.

            She has always stood by me, even in the shadow of whatever cross or crisis has come my way. And it has made all the difference. She has been the wind beneath my wings, my bridge over troubled waters. Her Love in Christ has always been the healing Power of God’s Love and Presence ever with me.

            How I pray for our wedding couple today that the same Joy will always be yours, that your presence for each other will also be for each other the presence of Christ, the Presence of God with you, the Divine Name reaching out to you through your spouse, the Lord saying to you through them “I am Who am here, ever present to you”.

            In the film “Far From the Madding Crowd”, Gabriel tells his Beloved Bathsheba why he wants to marry her. He states his case simply, “So that when you look up there I’ll be, and when I look up there you’ll be.” That’s it! The Grace and Gift of looking up and seeing your Beloved always with you. That is the Joy of my marriage. That is the Joy for which Jesus embraced the Cross. It is the Joy for you today for which I pray. Not only with words, but always with eyes that are a window to your heart, say to each other each day, “I’m here, by your side.” And then all of your life reach out and touch each other with a Love that is not only your own but His.