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

Summertime Should Be Mindful Time

Can you believe that Summer is here! If you are reading this outside of the US, Summer might not be as near, but here in the States we just celebrated the unofficial start to Summer, Memorial Day weekend. Pools are open, grills are cleaned, and school is coming to a close. We just spent a … Continue reading Summertime Should Be Mindful Time

A Bit of God in All of Us

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity 2016 I remember being in first grade and making my mother a coffee mug for Mother’s Day at school. It was made of plastic, but I made a drawing on paper that would then be placed on the outside of the mug. I was … Continue reading A Bit of God in All of Us

Breathe Through Me

My youngest son has occasional bouts with asthma. When it hits him, he feels like he is almost drowning, gasping for air. It is a terrible thing to think about, suffocating with no option for air. Luckily, an inhaler opens up that which was closed and air comes rushing back inside his lungs. The Latin … Continue reading Breathe Through Me

A Vote for Freedom

I cannot stay silent. This year in American politics has been anything but ordinary. You may certainly find aspects of any or all current candidates for President of the United States not to your liking or even down-right scandalous. You may be thinking you are in a quandary morally speaking because you cannot decide on … Continue reading A Vote for Freedom

Don’t Throw Stones; Build Something Instead

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for Seventh Sunday of Easter 2016 I am currently dealing with my third and youngest child going through middle school. I am convinced that the middle school years are a time of real purgatory on earth. It is also a time that tests your faith in humanity, because you wonder at … Continue reading Don’t Throw Stones; Build Something Instead

All the Time in the World?

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for Ascension of the Lord 2016 Nowadays I travel a good bit, which means I am away from my wife and children for periods of time, some short but some long. But what makes it easier for me, besides being able to share the Good News of Jesus with people all … Continue reading All the Time in the World?