January 15, 2022

A dear friend of mine is an ex-convict. He served his time entirely, not a single day was shaved from his sentence, and the way he tells it, he would not have desired it any other way. Every day, he would stop and think, consider his mistakes, relive the many times he had failed to […]

January 1, 2022

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God The Gospel of Luke (2:16-21) describes the first Adoration of our Lord by the humble shepherds of Bethlehem. I like to imagine being there in the grace of that beautiful moment, touched by the light of an Angel, and told of the great news that our Savior […]

December 31, 2021

This is the time of the year when we review what has transpired in our lives and account for all we have gained and lost. It is a means to assign value to our efforts. Our honest review affords an opportunity to better ourselves. How do we become better humans and Christians? We need God’s […]

December 4, 2021

My youngest brother was ordained as a diocesan priest years ago. During the ordination Mass, the bishop emphasized that, while my brother was called to join the ordained priesthood, the rest of us, laypeople, were called to the domestic priesthood. As part of our baptismal graces, we are invested in the three-fold office of our […]

November 6, 2021

I watched a social experiment on TV. A researcher chose a homeless man in the street and told him, “Please have this pizza. It is for you,” and left. The homeless man started to eat the pizza when a different researcher sat by him and proclaimed himself to be hungry. The homeless man immediately took […]

October 29, 2021

For years, I wore a bracelet with the acronym “WWJD,” which stands for “What would Jesus do?” It reminded me that as I run into situations where discernment is required, I am called to choose as our Savior would. An example of this is presented to us in the Gospel of Luke. “In front of […]

October 2, 2021

Saint Thomas Aquinas defined humility as “Keeping oneself within one’s own bounds, not reaching out to things above one, but submitting to one’s superior.” (Summa Contra Gentiles, Bk:4, Ch:55). The virtue of humility is hard to master. Aquinas states that humility requires the ability to submit, demands us to surrender to God’s will. It requires […]

September 4, 2021

I pray in the mornings before work. It is my rule, and it helps set my day as an offering to our Lord. Once, during prayer time, the doorbell rang. I immediately had a dilemma. “Do I stop my prayers and go attend the person at the door, or do I continue my prayers and […]

August 7, 2021

Whenever I leave my home, I put my wedding ring on my finger and my crucifix pendant on my neck. I do this because those things mark me as who I am, a married man, and a follower of Christ. I want the world to see me and judge me against that standard. It is […]

July 30, 2021

Whenever I visit my hometown, people recognize me. When they look at me, they cannot help but see the person they watched as a child. They have not updated their mental image of me. Our relationship has not been current for many years, and stemming from that, how can they relate to me? I think […]