Commanding Presence

After 100 years of construction and the blessing of the recently finished ‘Trinity Dome’ on December 8, The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC is now complete. Walking in, one is at once struck by the towering mosaic of Christ in the north apse. One of the largest mosaics … Continue reading Commanding Presence

God is Coming

There’s a man goin’ ’round takin’ names And he decides who to free and who to blame Everybody won’t be treated all the same There’ll be a golden ladder reachin’ down When the man comes around – Johnny Cash I grew up a Mississippi Protestant surrounded by hellfire and brimstone preachers who often preached the question, … Continue reading God is Coming

4 Tips to Prepare Your Catholic Parish for Advent

Advent begins December 3 this year and it will be here before we know it! Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas, but it can only be fruitful if we spend some time preparing for the preparation. Here are just 4 things we can do now to ensure that on the first Sunday of … Continue reading 4 Tips to Prepare Your Catholic Parish for Advent

Are You Ready?

Last year, parishes across North America gave out the printed booklet, Everyday Stewardship Advent 2016. It featured a reflection for each day, followed by a daily stewardship challenge. We received great feedback and were happy to enrich the lives of many during this season of preparation. THIS YEAR, Everyday Stewardship Advent 2017 will be entirely … Continue reading Are You Ready?

Secret Ambition

I recall the summer of 1980 when I went to stay with my Grandparents for six weeks. They had a 10-unit apartment building on the Intracoastal in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, a very prominent area of town. My plan was to work for my grandfather painting, doing yardwork and basic upkeep. I had calculated the amount … Continue reading Secret Ambition

God is with Us

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent 2016 The name Emmanuel means, “God is with us.” This is a title we use for Jesus frequently during the Advent and Christmas season, but it’s impact should stay with us throughout the year. The Incarnation, God becoming human in the person of Jesus Christ, … Continue reading God is with Us

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

From Everyday Stewardship Advent 2016 12 December 2016   On December 9, 1531, Our Lady appeared to a simple Aztec Indian who had converted to the Catholic faith, Juan Diego. Three days later, at Juan Diego’s request, Mary provided a sign so the local bishop would believe that she actually had appeared. Roses grew out … Continue reading FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

Standing Out From the Crowd

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for Third Sunday of Advent 2016 John the Baptist is truly an intriguing figure of history. He was a cousin of Jesus and literally prepared all those who would listen for this new way of life ushered in by a Messiah. Besides the key role he plays in the Gospel story, his … Continue reading Standing Out From the Crowd

The True Everyday Steward

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for Immaculate Conception 2016 After Jesus, it is the Blessed Virgin Mary who by her example most perfectly teaches the meaning of discipleship and stewardship in their fullest sense. All of their essential elements are found in her life: she was called and gifted by God; she responded generously, creatively, and … Continue reading The True Everyday Steward