Where Is Your Focus?

I would love to have my 22-year-old body again, for sure, but I have no desire to be 22 again emotionally or spiritually. At that age, I was a train wreck in so many...

Where There’s God, There’s a Way!

One of the most interesting conversations I ever had at a party took place long ago in grad school. I only spoke to this psychology student one time in my life but I still...

Reconciliation and Homecoming

This Lent, I am reading “Becoming Instruments of God’s Peace,” daily reflections on St. Francis’ peace prayer. Last week focused on the line, “Where there is injury, pardon.” I found myself restless with the...

God Is the Gardener

How are you doing with Lent? Are you making any headway with spiritual growth? As we move into the heart of Lent, we may feel discouraged because we find we cannot make the changes...

We All Need Reassurance Sometimes

My nephew Andy has autism. When he was young, he would frequently get fixated on a topic and ask the same questions over and over. For example, if the family was planning a trip,...

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

When a situation is unjust, I cannot keep my mouth shut. I have always been this way and it has gotten me in trouble on more occasions than I can count. After all, in...

The Baptism of Our Lord

Two years into the illnesses that led to my mother’s death, she was hospitalized for ten days. Her legs had stopped functioning; she had lost the ability to speak coherently. We found she had...

Restoring Our Sight

Seeing ordinarily refers to eyesight, in a physiological sense. But in communication, in a general sense, “seeing” can be used in many metaphoric ways. We refer to the “mind’s eye,” for example, to refer...

We Are Servants

This Sunday’s Gospel is among my favorite passages in the New Testament. It is the story of some of the Apostles’ vying for the top spot in Jesus’ “Table of Organization.” These men have...

Removing the Obstacles

Hard message in today’s Gospel. Who among us is ready and willing to take up the challenge? There are countless stories about Saints who have heeded the admonition to “give it all up” and...