Never Take Freedom for Granted

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2016 1731 Freedom is the power, rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act, to do this or that, and so to perform deliberate actions on one's own responsibility. By free will one shapes one's own life. Human freedom is a … Continue reading Never Take Freedom for Granted

Do You Know Jesus?

Today's Gospel reading from Matthew includes perhaps the most important question of all time: Jesus asks Peter, and in turn you and me, "Who do you say that I am?" Jesus wasn't interested in hearing what everybody else was saying about him. He wanted to hear from Peter's own mouth, "Who do YOU say that … Continue reading Do You Know Jesus?

The Person God Created You to Be

People ask me if being on the road so much is hard. I tell them the hard part is being away from my family. However, I also say that the time away seems to give me a greater appreciation of my family when I am at home. I take less things for granted and am more … Continue reading The Person God Created You to Be

The Remedy for Spiritual ADD

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2016 The world is a very busy place. Our lives are sometimes very complicated. Everywhere we turn there are distractions. Add to all this the increasing number of people with virtually no attention span or diagnosed ADD and you have a reality where it can … Continue reading The Remedy for Spiritual ADD

Cleveland, King James, and Belonging

In the past 2 years, I have given several talks in the Cleveland area at the request of the Diocese. Each time I spoke, it was about growing a more engaged parish community and the value of cultivating a sense of belonging. I would begin each talk by playing the following Nike ad featuring Lebron … Continue reading Cleveland, King James, and Belonging

On a Lawnmower for Love

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2016 There once lived a man named Alvin Straight. He lived in Iowa. His brother Henry lived in Wisconsin. Alvin loved his brother. In 1994, at the age of 80, Henry had a stroke. Alvin, in his late 70’s himself, could not imagine not … Continue reading On a Lawnmower for Love

You’re Invited to a Webinar

SOWING THE SEEDS OF A VIBRANT PARISH: LPI Webinar with Tracy Earl Welliver Tomorrow, Thursday, June 16, 2016  •  12:00 pm (EST) There is no fee for this webinar  •  Additional dates and times available Stewardship is about more than just Time, Talent, and Treasure. It is about changing the way we live our lives. Topics include: Keys to … Continue reading You’re Invited to a Webinar

Anything But a Happy Place

I am shocked that the events of the past days have cast a shadow on my recent post on hospitality, where I urged churches to step up their efforts to become places of welcome. My post spoke about the Disney slogan of being "the happiest place on earth," and that truly our parishes where one … Continue reading Anything But a Happy Place

Where is the Happiest Place on Earth?

My heart aches for the parents of a little boy who recently lost his life while vacationing on a Disney property. This post was written before news of this event broke. Please read my post from the following day as well HERE.  Have you ever been to Disneyland or Disney World? Disney is quite an … Continue reading Where is the Happiest Place on Earth?