December 29, 2019

Feast of the Holy Family There’s a show I occasionally catch on National Public Radio called The Moth. The premise of the show is simple. People from all walks of life get up in front of a live audience and tell a significant story about their lives. Sometimes the stories make you laugh or cry. […]


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Keeping Time: Jazz and a Eucharistic Perspective of Time

How does the Eucharist shape your experience of time? I have a running joke with a longtime leader of music ministry at my local parish. It started once when we were talking about a Sunday liturgy and she suggested trimming the length of something to make it a bit shorter and move the mass along. […]

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June 30, 2019

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time That “us” versus “them” mentality creeps into our thinking. We see it often enough. How people interact with each other. The distinctions they make among themselves. How we often hear negative comments about people of different races, culture, gender, beliefs, social circumstances, and political views. We hear phrases like, “those […]


March 31, 2019

There’s a famous painting by Rembrandt entitled, “The Return of the Prodigal Son.” Perhaps you’ve seen it. Like many of Rembrandt’s paintings the subjects are shrouded in darkness except for a flash of light that highlights the central figures. In this case, the two main figures are taken from the popular parable of “the prodigal […]


July 8, 2018

I meet with families often after a loved one has died in order to plan the funeral. After we choose the readings together I ask the family, “Is there anyone you would like to proclaim the readings?” Occasionally the family is reticent, not because they don’t want to proclaim the readings, but because they are […]


May 18, 2018

By now we are all very familiar with the image of Pope Francis smiling and waving to the multitudes of people who come to see him. Perhaps you have noticed as well the distinctive pectoral cross that he wears. Sculpted upon this cross that Pope Francis wears is an image of Jesus as “the good […]