God is Coming

There’s a man goin’ ’round takin’ names And he decides who to free and who to blame Everybody won’t be treated all the same There’ll be a golden ladder reachin’ down When the man comes around – Johnny Cash I grew up a Mississippi Protestant surrounded by hellfire and brimstone preachers who often preached the question, … Continue reading God is Coming

One Beautiful Sentence

When I was very young, my mom would take me to see my great-grandmother at the nursing home where she resided.  Her name was Mamie and she was a tough character, so I’m told.  She dipped snuff and when she kissed me it would run down my cheek and mom would have to clean it up. … Continue reading One Beautiful Sentence

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

Attached

Post by Chuck Frost  What causes us the most anxiety in life is the fear of loss. We fear losing our loved ones, our job, our money, our stuff, our reputation, or the comfortable routine of life that we have established. We may fear losing something that we’ve become dependent on. When these become attachments … Continue reading Attached

Jesus is Always the Main Thing

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 2017 So the NFL season is almost over. Only the Super Bowl remains. For some fans, the season is already over since their team is now sitting at home. It is amazing the allegiance some people have to their teams. Some people bleed Green … Continue reading Jesus is Always the Main Thing

Why We Do What We Do

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2016 In the Church we like to build things. We build churches, parish centers, schools, and many more brick and mortar structures to carry on with our mission. We also build things that are not as tangible. We build engagement. We try to increase … Continue reading Why We Do What We Do

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