Go Deep

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

This Day Will Never Come Again

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

Our One Thing

“Purity of heart is what enables us to see.” ― Pope Benedict XVI I’ve always been fond of a scene in the movie City Slickers, a story of three friends who go on a cattle drive adventure to New Mexico to help sort out their mid-life problems.  Billy Crystal plays one of those friends (Mitch) … Continue reading Our One Thing

Do You Know Him?

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?

Stewardship of Mercy

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2017 The Jubilee Year of Mercy is now in the history books and looking back I wonder if I have been changed at all by the observance. Certainly the focus on mercy wasn’t all about God’s mercy toward me? Yes, I focused on my … Continue reading Stewardship of Mercy

The Graciousness of Mary

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Feast of the Assumption 2017 An everyday steward is called to be gracious. I read once that to be a gracious person meant to walk softly, speak with intent, and to leave those you have met feeling that their lives were better that day because they encountered you. What … Continue reading The Graciousness of Mary

Do Not Fear the Water

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time I remember when all three of my children were learning to swim. In the beginning, it seemed like no matter how much assurance I gave them, they were certain of drowning. Even after watching me float in the water, they were pretty sure their … Continue reading Do Not Fear the Water

No One Before God

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2017 It took five years of marriage before I was ready to have that first baby. Of course, now that I have three children I cannot imagine a life without them. After 25 years, I cannot imagine life without my wife as well. And … Continue reading No One Before God

Risky Faith

I love to go see live music, there is nothing like the energy of hearing music being played in real time.  It isn’t studio polished or in perfect time.  Mistakes are made, but they add authenticity and color to the performance even if you don’t notice them – especially if you don’t notice them. My … Continue reading Risky Faith