November 24, 2022

The Book of Revelation (written about 95 AD) stymies the imagination. Thinking logically through the details of an angel throwing a boulder into the sea or surreal images of Armageddon requires more than what reason has to offer. However, our faith works with reason bringing us to an understanding that if we are not careful […]

November 10, 2022

What is always in front of you but can’t be seen? What is it? The more of this there is, the less you see. What is it? Once a riddle has been resolved, the connection between the question and the answer makes a lot of sense. Now, Jesus gives a conundrum and the solution: “The […]

October 27, 2022

The Test of Fear. Phobias come in all types of packages. Spiders and snakes, and alligators are understandably frightening. However, these creatures are not at the doorstep, so the fear is only anticipatory yet very real. The human condition has built-in phobias tailor-made to the individual. And so trickery’s afoot, for the Pharisees are at […]

October 13, 2022

When we write to others and for others, we give part of ourselves away. Saint Paul’s letters tell us much about himself, but more importantly, his letter splashes the sound of a baptismal declamation. With this outlook, we examine a particular letter ascribed to Paul recognizing the holiness of the baptized while reminding them of […]

September 22, 2022

The voice in the book of “Ecclesiastes” examines human behavior in seeking human enrichments: striving for knowledge, pleasure, power, and riches concluding that – ‘all things are vanity.’ The conversation is not only a monolog but also an interior dialog. This back and forth voice is an exercise of self-evaluation, deciding what is essential. This […]

September 8, 2022

Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Birthdays are storytelling days or for flipping through a photo album rehearsing the cast of characters who have been in our lives even though they are long gone and some long forgotten. But at least once a year, those folks of old are remembered in the […]

August 25, 2022

Some are morning people, and others are not. Some prefer sunrises to sunsets. I’m sure there’s some kind of interpretation for these quirks, but at either end of the day, one thing is for sure; one thing is necessary – be alert. Stay awake; otherwise, you could get hurt or miss something important like that […]

August 11, 2022

Memorial of Saint Clare of Assisi The Love of Forgiveness Rather than admitting our own personal failures from distracted driving to our own brand of hypocrisy, we find an easier way without bothering our conscience and place the blame outside ourselves. Still, we cannot give what we do not possess, which is forgiveness. Peter asks […]

July 28, 2022

Imagination, the ability to see possibility, is food for the Christian faith. How can one think of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit without it? Music, art, and literature become a wasteland without that inner vision. The silence between musical notes, that brief interlude, and all the spaces lift the musical expression through the chandeliered […]

July 14, 2022

One of the characters in the novel, The Secret Life of Bees is May, who suffers from chronic depression when faced with bad news. She deals with such news by writing a message and placing it in her ‘wailing wall’ cracks. A tender, loving person, she takes on the troubles and difficulties that have come […]