When you are a writer you often turn to the process of writing to work through difficult emotions and fears. For me, this is one of those times. My only daughter is off to college tomorrow. I am sitting in my office and I am feeling lost. She is not my only child nor my … Continue reading There She Goes
Every Sunday after the homily, we stand together and say “I believe” followed by a recitation of historical and doctrinal claims about Jesus Christ and His Church. When we think of the phrase “I believe” we often think of it as mentally assenting to some truth or fact. I believe Jesus Christ died for our … Continue reading Go Deep
Frederic Ozanam was a law student at the University of the Sorbonne in the 1830’s. During his time at the university, Frederic started a discussion club composed of Catholics, atheists, and agnostics. They met to discuss the issues of the day and often these meetings turned into lively and heated debates. During one meeting, Frederic … Continue reading How Does It Live Within You?
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?
How often do we say something like, “It’s just human nature”? Such a phrase is frequently voiced with a negative connotation. When we witness people doing bad or destructive things, or when we have to create rules or laws to keep people from doing those things, we often sigh in resignation that human nature dictates … Continue reading Fully Human
My dog, Mattie, just cannot get close enough to human beings. It really doesn’t matter who it is, she’s never met a stranger. If you sit in a chair and give her any indication that you’d like for her to come over, you’ve pretty much opened yourself up to the gradual progression from pat on the … Continue reading Ask The Beasts
Life was not always easy with my father when I was growing up. Let’s just say he made many decisions along the way that led to fear, anger, and sadness for my family and me. Unfortunately, I was the only one in the family that would years later truly forgive him for his actions. My … Continue reading This Day Will Never Come Again
An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time I have to smile when I read in St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, “Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another.” I smile because I know that in today’s world few people owe nothing to anyone. We have credit card debt, mortgages, … Continue reading You Don’t Need a Loan to Love
An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time 2017 Sometimes when I ask one of my children about who they were with or about a classmate at school they answer me with, “You don’t know them.” Apparently, since I do not know him or her personally, I do not need to know … Continue reading Do You Know Him?