Why We Do What We Do

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2016 In the Church we like to build things. We build churches, parish centers, schools, and many more brick and mortar structures to carry on with our mission. We also build things that are not as tangible. We build engagement. We try to increase … Continue reading Why We Do What We Do

Fr. Jacques Hamel, Pray For Us

The recent murder of Father Jacques Hamel is too horrible to imagine. How it happened is contained in this article from the UK's Mirror. Let us pray for our world and ask for Fr. Hamel's intercession, for he is a martyr who now is with God. Below are the words of the Catechism of the … Continue reading Fr. Jacques Hamel, Pray For Us

To Serve or Be Served

Let's be real. It is awesome to be at an all-inclusive resort, a 4 or 5 star hotel, or a top restaurant, and be catered to like you were royalty. People bending over backwards to make sure you are happy. No matter who you are and no matter the simplicity you have been able to … Continue reading To Serve or Be Served

God’s Generosity

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2016 My father would always say to me when I was growing up, “Whatever is mine is yours.” He was always very generous toward me, and if I am being truthful, probably spoiled me. We were not a rich family by any measure, but … Continue reading God’s Generosity

Sowing for a Full Harvest

Today's Gospel has Jesus telling us the parable of the sower. This story has so many implications and important themes for a modern world. It would seem that too many have uncultivated hearts where the seed of the Good News falls on rocky soil and bears no growth. Also, too often we spend our lives … Continue reading Sowing for a Full Harvest

Talking About Strengths

I am attending the Gallup Strengths Summit in Omaha for the next couple days. It is the first gathering of trained Gallup Strengths coaches, with coaches coming from all around the world. To spend time with people who have a similar passion for helping others unlock the potential of the gifts and talents that God … Continue reading Talking About Strengths

Prayer for the Dead

In light of recent world and domestic events, I offer the following for our reflection and prayer: Prayer for the Dead Into your hands, O Lord, we humbly entrust our brothers and sisters. In this life you embraced them with your tender love; deliver them now from every evil and bid them enter eternal rest. … Continue reading Prayer for the Dead

Good Hospitality

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2016 When we realize we are going to have company, my family and I swing into motion with a frenzy. No dust shall be present for our guests. The bathrooms will be spotless and toilets worthy of the name “throne.” We must run to … Continue reading Good Hospitality