Presence and Thanksgiving in the Time of COVID-19

My diocese, along with every other diocese in the United States, has halted the public celebration of Holy Mass for the foreseeable future. That is, priests, either accompanied by a deacon or alone, are still celebrating Holy Mass in the privacy of their parish or chapel, but without any parishioners in attendance (following the CDC’s […]


Our word for the body of Christ and for the celebration of that sacrament (Eucharist) comes from a Greek word that means “praise and thanksgiving.” As we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s a good reminder that we are called to constantly give thanks for our blessings. At a time when the majority of […]

Peace is Not the Norm

I’m blessed that I have several magazine subscriptions through my job at OLS. One of the magazines I subscribe to is The Journal of Student Ministries, a recent addition to my yearly budget. I want to lift three paragraphs from an article in the most recent issue titled Is Jesus Magic? Healing and the Cross […]

Dark Nights of the Soul

I’m reading through Dark Nights of the Soul by Thomas Moore (not to be confused with Dark Night of Soul by St. John of the Cross or with the man [Thomas More] who died staying true to his faith), so my next several posts will deal with quotes from the book. The book deals with […]

The Blessings of Imperfection

Ever since I can remember I’ve set off fireworks on the 4th of July (and on New Year’s Eve), which, in my corner of the world, is against the law . . . has been since I was little (as far as I know and can remember). When we moved into our home 4 years […]

Happy Feast of the Resurrection of the Body!

Brothers and sisters: If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears, then you […]

Monks and More Monks

Here’s a plethora of monkish stories that I’ve used before and like very much – enjoy! 🙂 Two MonksThere was once two monks travelling together, a young novice and an elder Master. As they came to the edge of a huge river, they noticed a young woman at the edge of the river who could […]

Advent Prayer

Double Post – here’s an Advent prayer I liked: Advent Prayer – Henri J.M. Nouwen Lord Jesus,Master of both the light and the darkness,send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.We who are anxious over many things look forward […]

A Cornucopia of Thanksgiving

November, and especially Thanksgiving Day, are times when we traditionally pause and give God thanks for all the good things in our lives. I’d like to offer a challenge to give thanks for other things in your lives this year:Give thanks for people who cut you off while you’re driving, especially if you’re driving in […]

A Child Died . . .

We had a memorial Mass and rosary for a 3rd grade child that died this morning (he was a student at my school and in the same grade as my son). He had been struggling with cancer for several years now. When my dad died several years ago I found a book with quotes about […]