Thank God!

I went on a weekend retreat two weeks ago, not something I’m prone to do very often. In fact, I might be able to count on one hand the times I’ve gone on retreat, although I’ve thought of doing it numerous times over the years, usually during Lent or Advent. My experience this Lent was such that I’ve...

This Lent, ‘Bless me, Father’

Upon hearing the phrase, “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned,” many Catholics of all ages know in an instant that these words signal the beginning of confession. Yet millions of Catholics haven’t participated in the Sacrament of Reconciliation in years, and many of those because they don’t...

Journey of the Soul

Have you ever wanted your favorite author to stop by your neighborhood and be able to talk with you and your friends and family members about things he’s thinking or working on? I had a chance to see at my Florida parish Father Richard Rohr not once but twice in four days at the end last month. The same...

Frame the Day

I’ve had a chance over the last several years to travel to New Mexico to visit the Center of Action and Contemplation, founded by Richard Rohr, OFM.  While there, I have been introduced to their morning practice of prayer to begin each day. Their “contemplative sit” provides quiet time...

Take Five: A Joyful Noise Quiet

I lost a friend last week and still feel the emptiness associated with grief of someone who touched me deeply. Well, I say “friend,” but honestly those feelings of friendship were really one-sided, and based solely on one sharing of a very special summer afternoon. Jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck...

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