Anything But a Happy Place

I am shocked that the events of the past days have cast a shadow on my recent post on hospitality, where I urged churches to step up their efforts to become places of welcome. My post spoke about the Disney slogan of being "the happiest place on earth," and that truly our parishes where one … Continue reading Anything But a Happy Place

Where is the Happiest Place on Earth?

My heart aches for the parents of a little boy who recently lost his life while vacationing on a Disney property. This post was written before news of this event broke. Please read my post from the following day as well HERE.  Have you ever been to Disneyland or Disney World? Disney is quite an … Continue reading Where is the Happiest Place on Earth?

Loving Presence

In my experience, the most common phrase used to express sympathy to someone who has lost a loved one is - "I'm sorry for your loss."  It's a very nice sentiment and I believe everyone who uses it means it. But with any oft-used expression, its overuse can minimize the impact.  We use phrases like … Continue reading Loving Presence

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

A Time for Friends

Holy Week is about more than a reflection of events that occurred so very long ago. The events of this week are about NOW. It is about being present to the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. This week unites our sufferings with His, our death with His, and our life with His. The events … Continue reading A Time for Friends

An Everyday Steward is Gracious

For the 5 Sundays of Lent and Passion Sunday, the Everyday Stewardship reflection will look at each of the 6 characteristics of an Everyday Steward, as contained in the book of the same name. Check back each Thursday on the Main Thing Blog for that Sunday’s reflection. 4th Sunday of Lent – 2016 I read an article … Continue reading An Everyday Steward is Gracious