Life Goes On

My home in the country lost one of its more unique features last weekend. Heather, our white swan, was killed. She’d been sitting on a nest of eggs and had taken to sleeping on her nest rather than seeking the safety of the pond. This—and her coloring—made her easy prey for a coyote or fox on a...

Psalm 30

This is a highly dramatic prayer of praise and thanksgiving.  The psalmist has undergone a dangerous situation—perhaps a wound or perhaps a disease.  To add insult to injury, an enemy was gloating over the psalmist’s predicament.  He recalls how dangerous it was.  He was on the brink of falling into...

Paul’s Second Journey

At Mass this week we have been reading narratives from Paul’s second missionary journey. Acts of the Apostles, chapters 16 to 18, recounts how Paul and his companions reached Macedonia and stayed a long while in towns like Philippi and Corinth. Paul’s second missionary journey was a test of endurance. In...

‘Because You Can’

In 2010, I trained for the Chicago Marathon, and it remains one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, physically and mentally. For months I was exhausted, at times frustrated; I was nervous, excited, worried, and exhilarated. Midway through my training program, I was feeling especially tired and...

How Much Do YOU Know about Mary?

May is a particularly appropriate month for learning more about Mary. Yesterday afternoon, I had the opportunity to hear Chris Padgett speak about Mary, the Mother of God. Despite being a lifelong Catholic, I feel like there are many things I know about Mary, but can’t really explain to anyone. This...

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