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October 30, 2019

Love, and then do as you will? Doesn’t that sound rather dangerous? Perhaps. But it is taken from the writings of St. Augustine, considered one of the greatest teachers of the faith in the early church. And he is simply stating in different words

what Jesus is telling...

October 26, 2019

Welcome to my blog, which replaces my former website.  With few exceptions, each reflection is based on the scripture of the day as found in the Catholic liturgy.  I hope you will find this worth your time -- and if you find yourself suitably inspired, please respond!...

May 15, 2017

Imagine the whiplash of feelings Paul and Barnabas might have felt: first, having to flee from Iconium, lest they be stoned to death; then seeing a lifelong cripple jump to his feet in response to their preaching in Lystra; followed by having to convince the crowds tha...

May 7, 2017

Yes, sheep. That’s what Jesus called us. Now, a shepherd will tell you that sheep require more care and attention than any other kind of livestock. But anyone who has ever spent time around sheep knows that they are just about the dumbest creatures God ever created! Le...

April 13, 2017

The Passover: A night for remembering, retelling ancient stories, recalling who we are, for sharing a meal that takes us to the source, and the summit, of life. True for Jesus and his disciples, long ago; true for Jesus and his disciples today, this day.

To remember is...

April 5, 2017

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (Jn. 8:32) No, Jesus, I’d rather not, thank you. I’ve gotten by this long with my illusions about how life is supposed to be, which therefore justify my irritation and anger when it is not. I’ve managed to prot...

February 3, 2017

If home and security and predictability had been enough,

if the bright stars of power, prestige, riches had been enough,

if pleasure had been enough,

if all this had managed to suffocate the spirit, soothe the restlessness, quiet the inner voice that insisted there must b...

January 11, 2017

Jesus certainly grows up in a hurry! We celebrate feasts around his birth, then his baptism as an adult, and he’s off and running! But what do we really know about what are sometimes called the “Hidden Years” in the life of Jesus (between approximately ages 12-30)?

From...

August 2, 2016

The Good Samaritan. There are hospitals by that name. Charitable organizations around the world have borrowed that name. And of course, we apply it to individuals who, usually at some cost to themselves, do a good deed for another. It’s a name likely to bring about a w...

July 18, 2016

We declare our independence; we pledge our allegiance; we treasure our freedom. These mark our identity as Americans, and we reflect on that identity with pride. And, as people who also believe in God, we pause especially on this day to give thanks for those precious a...

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