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...

Birds of the Air, Bless the Lord

I’m not usually a big fan of birds.  I’ve had a few too many incidents in my life of birds leaving “a deposit” on my head for me to have any great fondness for things flying directly overhead.  But this weekend I had a couple of “bird encounters” that surprised me. On Saturday I armed myself...

Rejoicing When You Don’t Feel Joyful

Last week we celebrated the greatest of Christian feasts, the resurrection of Christ from the dead, and we are well into 50 days of celebrating this joyful event. Alleluias ring out in the liturgy and in every song, expressing the joy of God’s victory over sin and death. Unfortunately for me, in the midst...

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