Ask The Beasts

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

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

In Awe of Creation

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2017 When I was a teenager, one year after a Homecoming dance I took my date for a walk on the Potomac in Downtown Alexandria. The moon was out and I was struck by how the light shimmered on the water. I remember focusing to … Continue reading In Awe of Creation

The Gift of Faith

by The Main Thing Blog friend, Teresa Keogh This week work has brought me to Palermo, Sicily. I needed to leave home at 4.30am on Thursday to get to London Heathrow to check in. In the departure lounge there were seats that said ‘Re-charge here’ – of course, the sign referred to cell phones, but … Continue reading The Gift of Faith

The Best Gift Giver

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for Second Sunday of Advent 2016 My youngest child is going through Confirmation preparation this year. It is always quite a challenge to get through to a teenager about the importance of the gifts and fruits of the Spirit. You can’t see and touch these things, but they are more valuable … Continue reading The Best Gift Giver

The Time is Now for Thanks!

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for Thanksgiving Day 2016 Pope Francis said in a 2013 homily, “If families can say these three things, they will be fine. ‘Sorry.’ ‘Excuse me.’ ‘Thank you.’ How often do we say ‘thank you’ in our families? How often do we say ‘thank you’ to those who help us, those close … Continue reading The Time is Now for Thanks!

It All Belongs to God

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2016 When the collection basket passes you by at Church, what are you thinking? The reality is that your spiritual health is tied into what you think and what you do with your money. People like to say that stewardship doesn’t have to do with … Continue reading It All Belongs to God