“Who is Jesus for me?”

Pope Francis posed the following questions in his Angelus address on Sunday afternoon: “Each one of us can ask himself, right now, “Who is Jesus for me? Is He a name? An idea? Is He simply a person from history? Or is He really the person who loves me, who gave His life for meContinue reading ““Who is Jesus for me?””

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””

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”

Losing the Masks this Lent

I was reading something that Marilyn Monroe wrote and it really resonated with me. Monroe wrote, “I’m finding that sincerity, and to be [as] simple and direct as I’d like, is often taken for sheer stupidity.” There is truth in her words. Sincerity and simplicity are not often-prized in modern times.  Rather, from the timeContinue reading “Losing the Masks this Lent”

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”

Commandments for the New Year

Discipline. Most New Year’s resolutions are all about discipline. We resolve to start working out, to start eating better, to get organized. We are determined to do better, be better. New Year’s resolutions are widely considered to be good, socially-respected forms of self-determination. Contrast the word “resolution” with the word “commandment,” however, and you willContinue reading “Commandments for the New Year”

Sun-baked thoughts of Mermaids and The Magdalen

As I sat by the shore, warm sand underfoot, cool waves misting before me, my mind started to wander to the blue horizon.  Perhaps it was a recent game of pirate-themed, mini-golf that led to thoughts of mermaids in the sea…mermaids with long and beautiful hair.  Thoughts of long and beautiful hair led to thoughtsContinue reading “Sun-baked thoughts of Mermaids and The Magdalen”

“They will know you by your love”

The other day, I was driving to work when I came upon an accident. One car had rear-ended another car. It’s a common occurrence in our region – too many cars, too little space, too many distractions. What was unique about this accident though was the response of the police officer at the scene. HeContinue reading ““They will know you by your love””