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 […]

March 20, 2019

Today is the first day of spring. Perhaps the colder weather hasn’t given in, but officially the vernal equinox is here and we are in the hopeful season. We plant seeds, add water and wait in hope. Our liturgical season also offers us that same opportunity to experience hope – such a precious gift we […]

March 6, 2019

Ash Wednesday We cannot always hide our spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Too many eyes know what we are doing. Certainly, the recipients of good works know who is their angel. But the gospel message is, “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; ….” Let us not […]

February 20, 2019

In an age when technology is king, the myths of the past seem unrelated to the present. Various notions of myths have been proposed and the purpose here is not to delve into the quagmire of definition but rather to show the stories of the ancients—myths, if you will— have been a part of Scripture […]

February 6, 2019

Was the Nazorean crowd just too familiar with Jesus? “…Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, …”? Or was it something else? Familiarity breeds contempt? Not really. They certainly recognized Jesus as a man of wisdom and able to do wondrous things, but there is a hesitation to fully embrace his message. This […]

December 31, 2018

Here we are at the end of one year and the beginning of another. Our lives are filled with beginnings and endings, and how appropriate that John’s gospel today begins with: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . All things came to […]

November 29, 2018

Let our imaginations run wild for a moment exploring the possibilities. Mountains talk; trees walk through the fields; and giants hurl stones down a mountain. We also can look into the future and imagine the possibilities. The world of fantasy and imaginative literature abound. We are excited and fearful at times. That’s the point of […]