Mother of Mercy

Pope Francis said in an address from 2013, “Mary, whose “yes” opened the door for God to undo the knot of the ancient disobedience, is the Mother who patiently and lovingly brings us to God, so that He can untangle the knots of our soul by His fatherly mercy.” What would this Jubilee Year of … Continue reading Mother of Mercy

Everyone Deserves Love

Years ago, I asked our parish faith formation children to pray for children who were seeking to be adopted into a loving family. I received the first names and pictures of children in foster care in our area and gave each class a different child. In the month of stewardship of prayer that we were … Continue reading Everyone Deserves Love

An Everyday Stewardship Christmas

The average American will spend close to $800 this year on Christmas gifts. That number is for the average person, not even the average family, which would be much higher. Most Americans will also take on some credit debt this Christmas in order to get their loved ones all the gifts they want. Of course, … Continue reading An Everyday Stewardship Christmas

Tear Down Those Walls

A few years ago I was lucky enough to visit the Holy Land – and saw all the usual sights and sights. It was my second visit; my previous visit had been fifteen years earlier. One of the things that struck me was the wall that divides Bethlehem and Jerusalem; the West Bank barrier or … Continue reading Tear Down Those Walls

The Toddler Gets It

“Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” - Matthew 19:14 Before I  became Catholic, I was a United Methodist pastor in a small town south of Anchorage, Alaska in the 1990's.  Our church was one small room with no bathrooms. The "cry … Continue reading The Toddler Gets It

The Grace of Simply Looking Around

My son: "So are we just gonna sit here and wait, Dad?" Me: "This is what smart phones are for." We are not particularly good at waiting in this impatient age.  Many of us often fill up the dead space between one activity to another staring at our smartphone.  Admittedly, it's pretty nice to be able to check … Continue reading The Grace of Simply Looking Around

Don’t Panic!

We all make mistakes. Children sometimes make more mistakes as the struggle and strive to become mature and wiser. However, some of us adults seem to be pretty good at screwing things up even after many years of accumulating wisdom. As far as my own children go, how interesting it is to hear how they begin the … Continue reading Don’t Panic!

Two Coats

The crowds asked John the Baptist, “What should we do?” He said to them in reply, “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none.  And whoever has food should do likewise.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He answered them,  … Continue reading Two Coats