September 21, 2020

Recently, I was asked to take a vacant seat on a city commission. There is a process: a questionnaire, digesting documents explaining the role, interviews and being voted upon by the City Council. Contrast this with the scene in today’s gospel reading. Matthew is seated at his table collecting taxes and Jesus approaches him and […]

August 31, 2020

Sorting Fact from Fiction is an on-line course that is meant to enable us to discern the veracity of on-line information. We live in a time when social media offers news, opinions, and a variety of information. Being able to distinguish fact from fiction is essential to sort through what is true. Knowing the source […]

August 17, 2020

“Son of man, by a sudden blow I am taking away from you the delight of your eyes, but do not mourn or weep or shed any tears. Groan in silence.” These words taken from today’s first reading struck a chord in me. When we became immersed in the pandemic, it felt like this sudden […]


Hospice: Walking a Sacred Journey

How can we be more eucharistic when facing end of life issues? “Do not go gentle into the good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” -Dylan Thomas “Indeed, for your faithful, Lord, life is changed not ended, and when this earthly dwelling turns to dust, an eternal dwelling is made ready for […]

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July 20, 2020

We live in a moment in the life of our human family when we are being faced with profound and fundamental questions of what it means to be human. We are faced with issues of racism, equality, economic injustice, and a health crisis that threatens staggering numbers of our brothers and sisters, along with a […]

June 29, 2020

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul There are so many issues that tend to divide us today in our church. Some serious, some not so serious. To wear a face mask or not. To allow singing in churches during the pandemic or not. To make protecting the unborn of greater importance than protecting those already […]

June 15, 2020

In the reading from the first book of Kings, we are presented with the unbridled greed and cunning of Ahab and Jezebel. We can be shocked at Ahab’s complicity in this crime. Our hearts respond with sympathy and even anger for Naboth, who is robbed of his property and his life. Perhaps our shock and […]

May 18, 2020

At one time or another we have probably all had the experience of feeling like we were in the right place at the right time. This is called chance, happenstance, or accident. The first reading today seems to be the right place at the right time. Paul and his companions just looking for a place […]

April 20, 2020

In today’s gospel reading, we encounter the dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus on being born again. The events of the past few months may bring about a feeling that as members of the human family, we are being born again into a world of uncertainty. Disease, economic chaos, and forced isolation seem to be taking […]

March 30, 2020

The amount of deception and/or accusations of lies in our public discourse is tearing away at the basic trust that is essential in human relationships and society. This lack of trust can be seen at all levels of leadership both in our society and even in our Church. The story of Susanna presented in the […]