Apostle to the Apostles

 Recently in my reflections in this Lenten season, I felt inspired to look up a little more information about Mary Magdalene. I wasn’t aware that her name is mentioned in the Gospels around 12 times—more than most of the male apostles. And I also hadn’t thought about the fact that she was with Jesus...

Ready or Not, Here’s Your Sign

My wife and I have just started The Great Adventure Bible study from Jeff Cavins at a parish near us. This week, I heard an amazing story in our small group discussion.  We were talking about God wanting us to come out of the wilderness, out of our comfort zone, when a member of the group began her...

Lent Always Finds Me

Every year, I put together a stack of spiritual reading, bookmark an online retreat or two, and refresh my Liturgy of the Hours app. I eagerly await Ash Wednesday and anticipate the wonderfully enriching Lent I’m going to have this year. Sometime in the first full week my enthusiasm gets buried beneath...

Hope: A World Afire

I just returned from an incredible weekend at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. This is my seventh year attending, and each year I return home inspired and awed. This year was the first time I had the pleasure of attending the opening ceremonies. The theme of the event was Hope: A World Afire,...

Sunshine and Shadow

Lent encourages us to take time apart from the everyday demands to listen to what God might be asking of us. Even people who don’t seem overtly religious understand some level of Lent’s demands. The transfiguration reminds us that Lent is a time of purification, a time of going beyond our limitations. We...

Putting Up with Pretend Crosses

I played the victim on Ash Wednesday. Early that morning I discovered I couldn’t get online, and I spent a frustrating hour fixing it, before devoting the rest of the morning to working on a new book I’m writing. I figured I’d have lunch and then put everything I’ve written so far in...

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