Visited by God’s Presence

Today is the feast of the Visitation, which celebrates the visit of Mary, just after the Annunciation, to her cousin Elizabeth, who despite her advanced age was soon to be the mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1:39.56). But in all honesty, it is a story, even with the telling of John leaping in his mother’s...

Lenses

A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law stopped by the office with an unusual gift. It was the camera lens in the photo here. There was a reason she thought of me: her deceased husband (Scott) and I were close friends. He was a photographer and helped me to get started as a photojournalist many years ago. And it...

True Power is Service

When preaching on March 19 at his installation as bishop of Rome, Pope Francis applied these words to the ministry of St. Joseph and, by extension, to his own new ministry. He had earlier recalled the need to respect and protect all creation, as Francis of Assisi did. Anthony of Padua certainly reflected...

Trinity Sunday

Today is Trinity Sunday, the Sunday after Pentecost. Trinity Sunday is often lost in the whirl of graduations, Confirmations, and marriages. Preachers and teachers can find it a difficult, abstract sounding doctrine for liturgical preaching. I would venture to say that the doctrine of the Trinity is not...

Dealing with Bad Days

What do you do when you’ve had a really bad day? It happens to all of us. Sometimes days just seem to go south. I had one of those days recently (I’ll spare you the details), and I began to reflect on how to deal with days like this, as opposed to merely giving in to discouragement and...

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