Lenten Soup

At a parish my family and I once belonged to, there was a tradition during Lent on Friday evenings called “Soup and Salad.” The basic gist of it was that the parish would provide a salad; participants would bring in a can or two of the soup of their choice. As individuals and families arrived,...

The Higher Road

Life. It can be very busy, can’t it? So many things command our attention and energy. What is someone to do when they’re all potentially good things, worthy of our effort? I don’t have an easy answer to this. I’d be open to yours if you’d care to share. What I do know is...

Second Chances, New Beginnings

I, for one, am grateful that God offers us a seemingly limitless supply of second chances. Try as I may, I haven’t yet found the key to achieving perfection. Second chances allow me the opportunity to gather myself, to regroup, and to try again. My failed attempts don’t have the last...

Let it Snow!

Here in Cincinnati, Ohio, it’s snowing. Because I come from much farther north than this fair city, a bit of snow, even a few inches, doesn’t bother me. Others outside my office door are expressing fear and panic for what is often called “the white death.” At times like these,...

Giving Thanks

Of all the things I’ve been given over the course of my life from parents, mentors, teachers, brothers and sisters, gratitude (or the importance of choosing it) is by far the most transformative. I have found that more than anything else, saying thank you and choosing to count everything as gift is...

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