We are just coming off a federal holiday in the United States, Independence Day, or Fourth of July. We recognize the founding fathers who, through their efforts composed and adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and … Continue reading Interdependence Day
I recall the summer of 1980 when I went to stay with my Grandparents for six weeks. They had a 10-unit apartment building on the Intracoastal in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, a very prominent area of town. My plan was to work for my grandfather painting, doing yardwork and basic upkeep. I had calculated the amount … Continue reading Secret Ambition
When Jesus and his disciples arrived at Bethsaida, people brought to him a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. Putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on the man and asked, "Do you see anything?" Looking … Continue reading Cross Eyed
Mercy is a term that stirs my memory of family reunions when I was a child. Upon seeing me, my four cousins (who happened to be girls) would commence chasing me until they caught me and planted kisses on my cheeks until I yelled “mercy!” In other words, “I am trapped,” “I surrender,” “I give … Continue reading It’s the Year of Mercy! Step Into the Mess
We are on the cusp of two of the most beautiful times of the Church year: Advent and Christmas. We anticipate Christ’s coming during Advent, and we celebrate his coming during the Christmas season! There is almost too much going on with all the Advent devotions and practices that seem to take a back seat … Continue reading There Is But One King! (and it’s not me)
If there were anyone that needs no prayer, who would it be? One might be inclined to say Pope Francis, but they would be wrong. In his recent U.S. tour one message curiously stood out to me, “please, pray for me!” I let it go - practically unnoticed - until I really started thinking about … Continue reading Why Pray For The Pope?
I gave my 14 year-old twins their first driving lesson this weekend. When we got home my wife expressed her disapproval. Apparently, even on private property it is illegal to operate a car without a driver’s license. Further, they’re too young and we were in our nice car, which could have ended in an expensive … Continue reading Driving Lessons
I am struck by the contrast between this post and the previous post by my friend, Teresa Keogh. All the children of the world need to be loved. NOW. Thus says the LORD: Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense … Continue reading My Children Need Jesus / Everyday Stewardship
For years I have been a huge Smiley Face fan and of Harvey Ball, the icon's creator. More than just a trivial drawing, Ball's Smiley has been morphed into a worldwide movement celebrating joy and happiness. That movement reaches its zenith each year on October 2, World Smile Day. The spirit of the day is to … Continue reading World Smile Day is Coming!