Opening up to the “God of Surprises”

A friend of mine lost his mother this past autumn.  He was a good son – truly generous and always there for his mother during the illness preceding her death. Today, he was so happy that it looked like he was “floating on air.” So, I said, “What’s up?” He said he knew that hisContinue reading “Opening up to the “God of Surprises””

Really, people?! How do you not recognize Him?

Every year, when I hear the Gospel passages about Mary not recognizing the resurrected Jesus at the tomb and the apostles also not recognizing Jesus when He joins them on the way to Emmaus, I imagine myself saying to them, “Really, people? How do you not recognize Him?! How can it be that you wereContinue reading “Really, people?! How do you not recognize Him?”

I was really not into Lent…

For years, I really was not into Lent. It was a sad time. I really just wanted to fast-forward through those forty days and get on to Easter. A few years ago though, I was on a “purposeful living” kick. I was attempting to be present in each moment. As we entered Lent, I realizedContinue reading “I was really not into Lent…”

God and the VIP Treatment

So I went to my local coffee shop to get a coffee this morning. I paid and my number was immediately called. The funny thing was, there was a line of ten people in front of me waiting for their coffee too. As I came from the back of the line and was handed myContinue reading “God and the VIP Treatment”

The Faith of Abraham

I used to think Abraham was really crazy.  I would read the story of Abraham and Isaac and think, “What a crazy guy! Who would do that?” I was totally missing the point. My 12 year-old son was recently diagnosed with a heart problem.  The doctor said that a heart procedure would be required as soonContinue reading “The Faith of Abraham”

Impermeable Love and the Call to Relationship

Have you ever seen two young people who are in love? It sometimes appears that they are in their own little world. Absorbed in their love for each other, they seem unaware of what is happening around them. Their focus is solely on one another. They seem, in this state, to be floating through life.Continue reading “Impermeable Love and the Call to Relationship”

New Year, New Beginnings

Everywhere I turn, I see articles about cleaning-out and organizing.  It’s “out with the old, in with the new,” as the old adage goes. I recently read a great article by Joshua Becker, an author who promotes “minimalist living” by getting rid of all the “stuff” we don’t really need. In it, he said, “YouContinue reading “New Year, New Beginnings”