Climb On

An avid rock climber while I was living in Colorado, I found many connections between the challenging rock I was climbing up and the more figurative boulders I was facing down below. Rock climbing is all about adjusting, anticipating change. One moment you’ve got a firm hold on steady rock, and the next...

From a Flicker to a Flame

Sometimes (actually, a lot of times), it’s nice to be reminded of the many good people out there doing many good deeds for those in need. While visiting my childhood parish, St. Luke’s in Beavercreek, Ohio, a few weekends ago, I got to see firsthand God’s work in action. Dee Adinaro is a shining...

‘God Bless You’

No, I didn’t sneeze. I just helped an elderly woman who was much (much) shorter than I am put her bag into an overhead bin on an airplane. “God bless you,” she said to me in thanks. She didn’t say it quietly, or loudly for that matter, but she said it like she meant it. I heard her, and I’m sure...

A Never-ending Race

“One more lap to go.” I heard this statement recently in small talk over Lent, mostly in eagerness in regards to having chocolate, coffee or whatever else was given up back again. Before I agreed with the speaker too readily, I caught myself. Something didn’t sound quite right. Sure, we all can be...

Finding the Perfect Fit

St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Chicago is my favorite church in the United States. Besides the fact that it’s one of the prettiest, most grand churches I’ve seen, it is the feeling of home I get walking through its doors that makes it top my list. Founded in 1867 as the first Polish church in Chicago,...

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