Here is what I wish I was bold enough to say aloud about Holy Communion. My nephews, ages 12 and nearly 10, seem to be uncomfortable around talk of religion … Continue Reading What Is Holy Communion? How I’d like to Break It down to My Little Ones
The rose came through the rain better than I did. The Storm fell suddenly, heavy, wet, and grey. The rose met the rain with pretty upturned face, until the burden … Continue Reading Coming Through
Who amongst us isn’t wounded? Who amongst us isn’t crippled in some way? Who amongst us doesn’t bear the scars of past hurt or the pain of present heartache? To be … Continue Reading The Heavy-Laden One
I seek You, Lord, in the wilderness, in the shadows and the desert of night; I seek You, Lord, on the mountaintops, in the meadows and the oceans of light. … Continue Reading Seeking You
Christian humility and charity are neither timid nor sappy – they are a radical recognition, a bold transformation of life: Metanoia. Yesterday was the Feast Day of the patron saint … Continue Reading Words to Live By
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with lovingkindness.” Sometimes, holding onto the Mysteries of Faith is like holding onto a stack of smoke rings … Continue Reading What Is Religion?
Okay, it’s true, Catholics believe some radical things. Take the Ascension, for one. We profess that Jesus not only rose from the dead, but also went bodily to a supernatural … Continue Reading The Essence of the Ascension – Weird and Wonderful
With Mother’s Day coming, I decided to share this letter that I wrote to my mother nine years ago. For those of you who don’t know me, it’s good to remember, … Continue Reading For My Mother
There are so many miscommunications in the course of a normal day. Just small, trivial things and, yet, they can be so very frustrating. I don’t know how many times … Continue Reading Righteous Not Riotous
One question that I asked as a nonbeliever and that I still quietly wonder about as a believer is this: when Jesus rose from the dead, why did he only … Continue Reading Obedience Is Nothing without Love
Have you ever submerged yourself under water, like a lake or a pool, and gone down, down, down? The light, if visible, is far-off and distorted, while all around you, … Continue Reading Descended to the Dead
When the Roman soldier drove a lance up into the side of Christ’s body on the Cross, blood and water poured forth from His pierced heart. At that same moment, … Continue Reading His Heart Was Pierced
For my salvation, Lord, this is what you will… The circle of thorns, the only crown that we deigned to give you in our wickedness, pierced into your temples … Continue Reading Meditating on Christ’s Death
I’m done writing about myself for a while. Blogs are supposed to be personal, I know, but there is such a thing as an overuse of the word “I”. I … Continue Reading Waiting to Awaken
There are times when I suffer real physical pain. Given the already extremely weak and crumpled state of my body every day and, then, adding another physical ailment (which I … Continue Reading Where Is God in the Midst of My Misery?