A Look at Psalm 19

The psalmist first dons the mantel of a lyric poet and then of a wise man. His heart leaps with joy as he gazes on the beauty of creation. He sees the sun as a bridegroom coming forth “from his wedding canopy” (NRSV translation), and then traces its progress from one end of the heavens to the other. His...

Come on, Parents

I have a confession to make. As much as I love my kids, I don’t like going to their sports games. It has nothing to do with the kids. It has everything to do with the parents. A few weeks ago, a dad from one of our school’s teams was ejected for yelling at the umpire. The coach was also...

‘The Ferrari Might Be Next’

One day, I looked up and I was 35 years old. A few months later, I looked up and a disturbing number of my friends were facing issues with their marriages. Big issues. As in, “I think I might leave” issues. It’s affecting friends male and female alike, at varying stages in their marriages,...

‘Go Tell Aunt Rhody’

Do you remember that song? It’s part of my childhood. It’s a sad song when you think about it: “Go tell Aunt Rhody…the old grey goose is dead…. She died in the millpond…standing on her head…. The goslings are crying….” What brought this song to mind? Well, my...

Pre-departure Area

When I worked in the Philippines we Franciscans used to refer to those who were nearing death as being “in the pre-departure area.” Perhaps it was our way of denying death or preparing ourselves to accept the fact that one of our Franciscan brothers was nearing it. If I recall, it was a retired priest...

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