December 3, 2022

Whenever I work in one of the big cities, I can easily discern that very distinct line between wealth and poverty and between thriving and struggling. I can often find, without too much effort, the virtual divisions, sometimes block by block between what my friends call the safe zones and the war zones, and I […]

November 19, 2022

As a child, I was curious about everything my parents did. I wanted to know what drove them and why which helped me understand them better. I could not understand everything at that age, but looking at them helped me grow in love and trust. I wanted to trust them because I loved them, but […]

November 5, 2022

Reading Saint Paul’s letter to the Philippians reminded me of all the times I have been in distress. While I have had times of deep need, I have never been so poor that I have not had hope, or lonely enough that I have not had love, or isolated enough that I have lost faith, […]

October 15, 2022

Saint Teresa of Jesus, Memorial “I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God.” (Luke 12:8) Christ lived among us and taught us his way, yet many were obstinate in disbelief. So Christ did a very Christ thing. He left himself behind for us […]

October 1, 2022

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Memorial When I was born, I was given a wonderful present, a tiny gold chain with a portrait pendant of our beloved Saint Therese of Lisieux. Made of gold with porcelain back, it is now very old and fragile, and I still have it over fifty years later. It […]

September 17, 2022

After Israel had become an independent state, it struggled because of a lack of resources. Most of its land was the Negev desert, an arid area that could not be cultivated because it lacked water. “Need” spurs resourcefulness, so the Israeli engineers dug canals and invented drip irrigation so that arid land could be cultivated. […]

September 3, 2022

Memorial of Pope Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church Our Catholic Church, over its entire history, has named 37 Doctors of the Church. Of these 37, the first named is Pope Saint Gregory the Great. Before his papacy, Saint Gregory was a Benedictine monk, famous for his ability to bring the […]

August 20, 2022

In 2018, my job took me to New York City for a few months, and while there, I was able to regularly visit Saint Jean Baptiste parish, one of the parishes staffed by the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. I communed with the Eymardian priests that called that beautiful church home and spent enriching time […]

August 6, 2022

“Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up a mountain to pray” (Luke 9:28b) I imagine that if it had been me, I would have been a little confused as to why I had to go up a mountain to pray, but if my teacher, who I knew loved me, had asked me to […]

July 16, 2022

Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Our Blessed Virgin Mary is the perfect model for a life of prayer and contemplation. Contemplation is purposeful inspection, where our minds become centered on God. How do our thoughts and actions glorify God? Mother Mary’s life was centered on God. Her wholeness was and is an offering to […]