Aloha this is Bear Woznick coming to you from my home in the islands of Waikiki Beach. In the islands we have this tree called a banyan tree. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen one but a banyan tree sets down its roots and it goes deep. Then the branches spread out and the birds, especially Myna birds, come and live in the branches. As the branches go out these tendrils start coming down and these tendrils actually will start to touch the ground and those tendrils will go into the ground and they become roots. They become almost like another tree. The trunks of the branches of these roots can be can be bigger than I can reach my arms around. The branches go out further and then another tendril of roots come down and after decades and decades and decades a banyan tree can cover a whole city block.

One of my favorite places to go is the Moana. It’s where I’ve written a couple of my books sitting there under the banyan tree enjoying its shade. You’re supposed to be like a banyan tree that lets its roots go deep. When you let your roots go deep I mean live the sacramental life of a Catholic. Believe and practice the teachings of the Magisterium of the Church. Don’t be a cafeteria Catholic. If you’re a cafeteria Catholic I would say you’re really not a Catholic at all. A Catholic is one who’s totally believes in the teachings of the Catholic Church. As you go deep your branches will go out wide and you will be a place where people like to come and find shelter and be in your shade and find a sense of well-being and goodness. Let your roots go down again and go out deeper the more you give to the Lord the greater he will expand your range of ministry. Let your roots go deep. Let your branches go wide.

This is Bear Woznick,