What’s in a name?April 22nd, 2014
My husband and I chose not to know the sex of our unborn baby before birth and kept our name selections a mystery to friends and family. So when labor lasted a day and a half, our midwives and nurses in the hospital appeared quite anxious for the child’s identity to be revealed. We held our baby girl during her first few minutes freshly out of the womb. During the hustle and bustle of post-delivery, there was so much to take in that we temporarily forgot about names. A nurse finally asked, “Well, what’s …Read More.
SAY GOODBYE AND LET GOApril 18th, 2014
To say goodbye is the hardest thing… but in order to heal, we have to let go of grief and move on. We have to come out of the shadows and embrace the Light. GETTING STUCK IN PAIN When my father passed away in 2006, I got stuck at the foot of the Cross – crushed by the pain of losing my Dad, strangely finding comfort in Christ’s sacrifice. I had been performing “I Thirst” concerts – a powerful musical portrayal of the Crucifixion story – and with each note, each line, I’d get deeper …Read More.
Dry, Barren, and … Hopeful?April 17th, 2014
A few weeks ago, I happened to have two different conversations with two very different people in two very different places about the exact same thing: Spiritual dryness. Both people talked about not feeling God’s presence, about wanting so desperately to have something concrete to hold on to – some proof that He was there, but finding nothing. Both people talked about a feeling of desolation, and wondered if there was something wrong with them. Sometimes even though we believe in God and we try our best to live out our faith, we all go …Read More.
Mary and Joseph Go to a Fish FryApril 16th, 2014
It’s a Friday in Lent and two Catholics go to a local Fish Fry. We’ll call one Mary and the other Joseph. At first glance, the two don’t seem very different. Both were baptized as infants; both attended 12 years of Catholic schooling. The difference is that Mary attends Mass each weekend; Joseph attends infrequently. A recent study (see Sherry Weddell, Forming Intentional Disciples, especially pp. 43-44) indicates that the most significant predictor of whether a Catholic attends Mass each weekend or not depends on how the person answers this one question: Do you believe …Read More.
Purification and EnlightenmentApril 15th, 2014
One of the most challenging, most exciting and most meaningful of the “jobs” I did as a Director of Religious Education for the thirty years that I was in that profession was working with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). It was a process for those who were exploring entrance into the Catholic Church that lasted as least nine months and for some longer. During that time those in this process listened to presentations on Catholic doctrine/teaching, asked questions and discussed the answers with sponsors, catechists and among themselves, and slowly discerned whether …Read More.
GETTING UNSTUCK (Or Is There a Life Lesson in Candy Crush)April 5th, 2014
We all get stuck sometimes. Some of us find ourselves in unpleasant situations, like losing a job or not being able to find one, being in an abusive relationship, or dealing with unhealthy habits and addictions. We are unable to break away until the pain grows to a point where it becomes our greatest motivator to make a shift in our hearts, minds and souls. And get unstuck. Some of us, on the other hand, get stuck in a comfortable situation, which we don’t even want to change, or see no reason WHY we would …Read More.
The Encounter of Two “Yeses”April 4th, 2014
Typically, when I ponder the event of the Annunciation, I spend much time considering Mary’s act of faith in light of my own struggles with trust. I presume I am not alone in this way of thinking about the events recounted in Luke 1. However, today I would like to expand this reflection: 1. The “yes” that came first. Before Mary uttered her “fiat,” God was at work. This Fact is worth serious consideration and should surprise us. The struggle with sin following the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden, the constant turning to idolatry, …Read More.
Soul SatisfactionApril 3rd, 2014
Luke 9:24-25 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself? What are you living your life for? What is the purpose? If it is to satisfy your ego…it is to satisfy your “false self.” As I have said in the past, “ego” stands for: “Edge God Out.” The false self will never be satisfied. It subsists on a program for “happiness” set up in childhood in which every whim and …Read More.
Children Love A Good StoryApril 2nd, 2014
Just the other day, I was sitting down for dinner with my wife and two children. After prayer, my son, Michael immediately jumped in with, “Daddy, I want you talk about day.” This is his four-year-old expression for asking me how my day went. It’s just a little ritual that has developed naturally over the last year. We each take turns going around the table describing all the big events of our day and how they affected us. The kiddos mostly talk about toys and tv shows. Mommy and Daddy mostly talk about errands and …Read More.
Keep Calm and Tear Down the WallsApril 1st, 2014
Allowing another person a glimpse into your soul is actively participating in creating those moments in which the change within may happen. It’s one of those cool instances when the giver becomes the one receiving, and the one receiving becomes the giver. Each of us is beautifully unique and we all have so much to offer to each other – even when we think we don’t. We are all drawn to those around us who seem to be unafraid of letting their light shine and their soul show (like Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr, …Read More.