During one of my moves from one state to another I diligently sifted through the many boxes of "stuff" I had accumulated through the years to decipher what was coming with me and what was going to be donated or thrown out. This was one of those milestone moves where everything I possessed needed to … Continue reading Remember Death. Remember Joseph.
Not too long ago there was a popular phrase everyone was using. For the first time in nearly one hundred years a pandemic swept across the globe. The merits of this global event will assuredly be debated unceasingly. Regardless, the impact on daily life was swiftly impacted. The world quickly turned a corner with respect … Continue reading Was Life Ever Normal?
We begin the pilgrimage of Lent today in the Catholic Church and many Christian communities worldwide. On this journey, through fasting, almsgiving and prayer we return to God with our whole heart as it is so eloquently written by the Prophet Joel in the Old Testament (Joel 2:12-18). In the New Testament, Paul reminds us, … Continue reading Ambassadors For Christ
I was fond of reminding people of a popular Confucius saying, "the only thing that endures is change." It was, at the time, profound. Somewhat kitschy. It worked great at cocktail parties. Those receiving the wise words would usually nod in agreement. As time passes and as the tilt of life's sun leans more to … Continue reading Mirror of Patience
As I embark on the Year of St. Joseph, I have found it advantageous to have a companion. This prayer book is a good compilation of traditional prayers, quotes, and practices to help deepen one's devotion to St. Joseph. As mentioned in an earlier post, this Year of St. Joseph has as a waypoint the … Continue reading St. Joseph Companion
Washington Oaks State Park, Florida This oasis. It is nestled there. Available for any and all who seek respite and care from life's worries and weights. In fact, it waits for you there... The oasis of prayer will take you there.
I have been a runner for over thirty years. It was high school cross country that started it for me. I was not an elite runner. I rarely made the junior-varsity squad with my fellow mates. I rarely came in the top 5 of the open squad. It made no difference. I uncovered a passion … Continue reading Enjoy the Run.
"By waiting and by calm you shall be saved. In quiet and in trust your strength lies" (Isaiah 30:15b). There is little value in rushing to answers or allowing the frenzy of worry take over. Waiting and calm is the saving grace. Waiting and calm leads to quiet and in that quiet there breathes trust … Continue reading Where do you find strength?
"Ask something of Me and I will give it to you" (1 Kgs 3:5). This question God posed to Solomon. It is a question the Lord asks of us every day when we spend time with Him in prayer. Solomon's answer pleased the Lord, "Give thy servant an understanding heart to judge your people and … Continue reading What Will You Ask For?
When was the last time you withdrew to a lonely place apart? Jesus does numerous times throughout the four Gospels. One of my favorite passages in Scripture is where we are invited to this experience in the Gospel of St. Matthew, Chapter 14. The first thing revealed to us is a glimpse of Jesus' human … Continue reading A Lonely Place Apart