Counting the Stars

Last Saturday, the Perseid meteor shower was at its peak. Lying in the backyard right around midnight, I struggled with needing to focus on one piece of the sky. I was constantly tempted to look someplace else, that maybe the next falling star would be over here, or over there, or wait, maybe I have a better...

Confirmation: The Holy Spirit Slap

Fall brings for parents the return to school, and for many Catholic parents, a return to further education about the faith. My son is in the 8th grade this year and, if the Holy Spirit, the parish, and his parents deem it so, he will be confirmed spring 2013. Thus, this next year offers an exciting time of...

The Kingdom of God

There is much in the news these days about the New Evangelization. This blog on the kingdom of God is at the heart of what evangelization is all about. According to the prominent theologian Father Richard P. McBrien, the kingdom of God can be defined as “the redemptive presence of God.” This redemptive...

Music With a Message

I love classic rock and roll. One of my favorite artists is Stevie Nicks, with and without Fleetwood Mac. Recently I went to an outdoor concert to watch her perform live. Packed in with 14,000 other people, I waited in anticipation, knowing she would deliver not only great music but great entertainment. The...

Simple, Beautiful Love

Simplicity is a hallmark of Franciscan living and spirituality, and during my pilgrimage to Assisi, I became aware of the prayer—and perhaps the act—that illustrates that most clearly for me. Our group visited LaVerna, a mountaintop sanctuary to which Francis retreated for solitude six times. It was at...

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