April 2, 2021

Good Friday I try to begin every day with a hot cup of coffee, prayer, the daily reflection, and the local obituaries. I rarely read any unless I know the person, but occasionally one will catch my eye. One phrase that draws my attention is a celebration of life will be held to honor the […]

March 26, 2021

“I am” and “I do” are compelling statements. They are proclamations revealing who we are, our feelings and emotions, what kind of person we are, and how we view the world and the role we play in it. “I am” is so powerful that it appears over 300 times in scripture. Yesterday’s gospel is Mary’s […]

March 5, 2021

The Annual Messina Hof Winery Harvest Festival is held every August at two locations, Bryan and Fredericksburg, Texas. Wine enthusiasts sign up well in advance to help pick and stomp the grapes used for the various vintages produced by the winery. For the life of me, as much as I enjoy visiting wineries, I will […]

February 26, 2021

If you bring your gift to the altar and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. I recently celebrated my 49th wedding anniversary. Reflecting on that day, some of the details are […]

February 5, 2021

Anniversary of the Baptism of Saint Peter Julian Eymard We’ve all been there: the moment when we have the choice to do right or do wrong. It is usually a fleeting moment. Instead of listening to that little voice of conscience, we get caught up in our selfish desires and make the wrong choice. Today’s […]

January 22, 2021

Before I retired, I gave a lot of thought to how I would spend my new freedom. I knew family would come first, and being an active participant in church life, I wanted to continue my current ministries. The one thing I would do for myself was to seek guidance from God and discern where […]

January 1, 2021

Mary, the Holy Mother of God I remember the births of my daughters and grandchildren like they were yesterday. I am blessed to have two healthy daughters and three grandchildren. I have box after box of pictures chronicling their lives. As parents, we cuddle them as newborns, in wonderment. Will they be successful, stay healthy, […]

December 18, 2020

Centuries ago, through the intercession of Saint Joseph, Sicily’s people were saved from a long and devastating drought. Today, on his feast day, the people in Sicily and many who immigrated here honor him with Saint Joseph tables. The tables are adorned with beautifully decorated cookies, candies, ornate braided loaves of bread, and tomato gravy […]

November 20, 2020

My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves. Years ago, I was the business office administrator of a multi-specialty clinic. Under my supervision was a young woman, a devout Baptist who had recently married. She and her new husband led the young adult group at their […]

October 16, 2020

Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than five sparrows. Do we ever give much thought to how much we watch over others? In […]