“On This Day, We Ask Two Chairs”

(This post is adapted from an article that originally appeared in The Catholic Telegraph. Used with permission.) When I was in high school, I worked as a catechist for children with Downs Syndrome. My special charge was Kenny, a very shy 12-year-old boy. In May, Sr. Mary Celestine told us to prepare the...

May is for Music Lovers and 40th Anniversaries!

The Cincinnati May Festival is an annual choral festival held during two weekends in May in Cincinnati, Ohio. The festival’s roots go back to the 1840s, when Saengerfests were held in our city, bringing together many of the local choruses and the many English and German singing societies throughout the...

Lessons From My Garden

The week before Easter I walked around my yard, looking for signs of life. It was a very hard winter in Michigan and spring has been slow in coming. I looked at the lifeless sticks that were supposed to be perennials and decided that many had not survived the winter. Imagine my surprise when I walked around...

Real Sheep, Clueless Shepherd

The Fourth Sunday of Easter always brings us one of the “Good Shepherd” Gospel readings. I recall from seminary days that one of my classmates disliked being compared to sheep—he thought they were ugly and smelled. (I presume he’ll take his complaint “higher up,” since Jesus seemed to...

Any Other “Worriers” Out There?

Even though I know it’s futile to worry about things I can’t control and I know that God is masterfully steering our lives (and won’t give us anything we can’t handle), I can’t help but worry! My brain activity stubbornly reverts to: What if…[insert disaster]. What if…[insert failure]. I have...

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