One day, several years ago, I was sitting in an empty chapel praying and waiting for the families to arrive for the funeral of my cousin's mother-in-law. A man who looked to be homeless, in disheveled, dirty clothing with matted hair to match, approached my pew. His shoes were worn through and he shuffled when … Continue reading What matters most to me
Something to meditate upon this Good Friday… https://youtu.be/NegD8s3pUpw We could never thank You enough. But we can vow to live our lives worthy of the sacrifice.
On this Palm Sunday and in the final days of this Lenten season, I thought it was time to share once again this poem I wrote several years ago… Can you see Him? He’s there with that angry mob. No, he’s not he menacing one. He’s the peaceful One, the serene One, the holy One. … Continue reading Holy Week meditation
This morning on my daily walk, I finally listened to the March 31 installment of the Catholic Stuff You Should Know podcast. The young man, Jacob, (a seminarian) who joined Father John (a regular host for years) did a great job telling the audience about Max Scheler and ressentiment. Ressentiment, basically, has to do with … Continue reading The antidote to resentment
We are frailWe are fearfully and wonderfully madeForged in the fires of human passionChoking on the fumes of selfish rageAnd with these our hells and our heavensSo few inches apartWe must be awfully smallAnd not as strong as we think we are. These words are from the song, "Not As Strong As We Think We … Continue reading Humility is required
“Pray do not imagine, that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field.” - Edmund Burke Often in life it seems it really is true that "the squeaky wheel gets the grease." We may infer from this old proverb that the squeaky wheel is in need of grease. But in real … Continue reading Who Else Is In the Field?
Heart speaks to heart. That's the translation of the Latin phrase above. It's from John Henry Cardinal Newman's coat of arms and it has a very specific, and a very deep meaning. God's heart speaks to ours. And just as crucial, God is waiting to hear us speak to Him from our hearts. It's two … Continue reading Cor ad cor loquitur
Christmas comes in a week! I’ve been reflecting on the Eve of the King’s birth. As a member of the Culture of Life, I recall and humbly ask you, dear reader, also to remember that the birth of Jesus sanctifies every human life and reminds us to not only be concerned with babies and their … Continue reading Almost There!
Today's Gospel reading is from the Book of Matthew. It's a lovely quote from Jesus to His disciples. He is inviting all of His followers (that means Christian believers through the ages even until today) to come to Him. And when we are "yoked" to Him, walking beside Jesus, tethered to Him and He to … Continue reading And I will give you rest…