Mission Appealing

Previously, I served in the Philippines for about 25 years. I learned about the people, local cultures and churches there. But I also realized the importance of peoples and churches around Asia and around the world. Assigned here in Cincinnati since 2007, I always volunteer to do mission appeals on...

Pathways of Prayer

You and I are sometimes like radios or TV sets that are not properly tuned in to a station or channel. The news announcers or entertainers are out there talking or singing away. The station is sending out live signals. But if we have not turned on our sets or failed to dial in the station correctly, there...

Benedictine Spirituality from a Lay Person: Chastity (part 3 of 7)

Two common definitions of chastity involve either some idea of abstinence or plainness of style. In both cases, chastity is typically defined as a noun. But no matter how I see the meaning of the word chastity, I am hard-pressed to view it as an action or state of being. To view it as a noun, I feel a...

Pilgrims of Truth, Pilgrims of Peace

On October 27, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI and leaders of many of the world’s religions will gather in Assisi, Italy, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of  Pope John Paul II’s Day of Prayer for World Peace. Assisi, home of St. Francis, is an ideal location for this gathering. Francis was willing...

Joy, Sadness and the First Time Off to College

It’s a funny thing as a parent to watch your child go off to college for the first time. All at once it’s a moment of pride, joy, sadness and even fear. This past week my wife and I dropped our daughter off at college for the first time. It really was an exhilarating experience all around: the months...

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