Merry Christmas!

Well, it’s Christmas Day, and I’m still a few presents short. My Christmas cards will be late, and I have made no cookies. But you know what? It’s OK. It’s OK because, in spite of all that, it’s still Christmas. The past few weeks I’ve been listening to Christmas music to...

A Latecomer to the Rosary

I didn’t grow up praying the Rosary. My early faith formation was in the 1970s, a time of butterflies and posters and “Smile, God loves you!” Don’t get me wrong, I caught the faith through that formation, and I’ve clung tightly to that faith ever since. But praying the Rosary just wasn’t part of...

Are You Jesus?

I recently received an email from my mom that got me thinking. It’s one of those stories where fact or fiction is not important. It’s the heart of the story that really matters. I’d like to share it with you. A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had...

O Holy Night

“Truly, he taught us to love one another.” I love the song O Holy Night, and that particular line from it is one of my favorite messages from all Christmas songs. I enjoy singing it together as a congregation, because during that verse I feel truly connected to my brothers and sisters in Christ. For one...

Is Normal Really OK?

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Ray Guarendi present at the Athenaeum of Ohio. While he was full of words of wisdom, funny stories, and descriptions of family life that hit remarkably close to home, one thing he said keeps bouncing around in my head: Just because something is normal,...

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