August 21, 2019

There is a heap of trouble and a world of hurt in Jesus’ parable comparing the kingdom of God to a landowner paying his workers. On the surface, it just doesn’t seem fair to pay the same wages whether one worked all day or just a few hours. But there’s more to this story. What […]

August 7, 2019

“Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” Perhaps we wish not to be bothered by annoying complaints and want to send the complainers away. But when eyes plead and hands reach out, their faith in us convinces us that something must be done. Demons come in all […]

July 17, 2019

Do we consider ourselves to have our feet on holy ground? It is a question we don’t usually ask ourselves unless we are at some well-defined sacred place but upon leaving we are then not on holy ground. Let’s reconsider. Certain places on earth have inspired us to engage with that space to come to […]

July 3, 2019

Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle Where do you live? We may hesitate these days giving specific directions to those whom we don’t know, but the question is embedded in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. We are told not to think of ourselves as wayward travelers for we have a place to stay, a house to […]

June 19, 2019

Botanical gardens which we pay an entry fee; city gardens where we might take a stroll on a summer day; home gardens which keep us busy with weeds and the pots of flowers sitting on a balcony are all gardens of various types requiring water, feeding, and sunshine. It makes little difference as to which […]

June 5, 2019

We all have had moments in our lives “when it was time to leave.” Family and friends have said their “good-byes” or we have had to leave them behind. These are the bittersweet moments. So it is with Paul on the last leg of his journey ending in Jerusalem. Paul gives words of encouragement, urging […]

May 15, 2019

There’s nothing like a direct command from the Lord to take the guesswork out of wondering what does God want me to do. Direct messages via phone or text are rare. We are left with a lifetime of second guessing ourselves if we are and have been in the right place. “Maybe, I should have […]

May 1, 2019

Scripture goes public. Probably the most familiar verse in the New Testament is announced at many sporting events. The cameras pan the crowd and we see “John 3:16.” Some say it is a concise expression of our faith. Others have no idea what John 3:16 means. If we are in the know, so much is […]

April 17, 2019

Denial is so easy, especially as a self-defense in matters of sickness. Some medical diagnoses are hard to hear, so we cope by denying and pretending that something isn’t so. At some point the truth must be faced As Catholics, the basic tenets of our creed might at times lead us to question but never […]

April 3, 2019

Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote the classic poem “Ulysses” in which the character Ulysses says, “I am a part of all that I have met.” How true! We are who we are because of a long line of personages who have, for better or worse, shaped us. It’s a long line of recognizable people and many […]