The Holy Land

In 1993 I had the chance to visit the Holy Land.  It was one of those large tour groups that load you on buses and motor you to all the significant sacred sites in a week.  It was crowded and tiring and hot and unfamiliar, and I loved every minute of it! I loved the idea of going to visit the places where...

My Favorite Saint: Joseph

When Fr. Gary Caster told me he wanted to write a book about St. Joseph, I got very excited because Joseph has always been my favorite saint.  Caster wanted to write the book in honor of his mother, who also claims Joseph as her favorite saint.  So I’m happy to say the book is now available, Joseph: The...

Time Out

It’s August already and the summer is flying by. In a few weeks I’ll be headed over to Lake Michigan for a week along the awesome shoreline. To quote those “Up North” people, it’s like the ocean without the salt. Maybe not quite, but I am looking forward to the physical and mental refreshment of...

Color Me Red, White, and Blue

Years ago (when I was much younger), I drove from Colorado to Michigan on the Fourth of July. Driving through the great plains states as darkness fell, I saw fireworks in the distance in every small town. For several hours I kept discovering another celebration, another burst of light in the skies. I felt I...

Bringing the Divine Office Down to Earth

It was more than 25 years ago that I began to pray the Divine Office or The Liturgy of the Hours.  I couldn’t tell you now what made me start praying this way, but I can tell you what a difference it has made to me over these many years.  Here are just a few of the things I value about this prayer: It...

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