Giving Thanks

Sometimes I use Preface 40 in the Roman Missal. I especially like the way it addresses God and says, “Our prayer of thanksgiving adds nothing to your greatness, but makes us grow in your grace….” Although nothing we say or do can ever increase God’s greatness, don’t we become different people...

Fear or Faith?

There’s an old story about a Cherokee elder and his grandson. He told his grandson all humans have an inner battle between two wolves: Fear and Faith. The grandson listened and sat quietly for a few moments, thinking. Then he asked the old man, “Which wolf wins?” His grandfather replied,...

Living Out Your Faith

When my oldest son was in high school he volunteered one day a week at a low-income housing program. After school, he would drive over to the center and spend about an hour or two just hanging out with some of the young kids. He would read books to them, color with them, or maybe play outside with the older...

Retrospect & Prospect

Retrospect and Prospect October painted autumn’s awesome palette on the trees and hillsides of southern Ohio. For the past weeks the colors and the weather were spectacular. Gentle rains mixed with mild temperatures to bring about nature’s finest display. Certainly, it’s easy to find the transcendent...

Christmas in July

So far it’s been a hectic summer in my world, with lots of travel and a move thrown in. Time for relaxing has been hard to come by. I’m sure that’s the case for many of us — life just seems to get busier all the time. And in the midst of the chaos, a little book appeared in my mailbox — A...

Cultures and Values Collide During Holy Season

I had a chance to get away with my wife to one our fave spots – New Orleans during a jazz festival. NOLA – a shorthand for New Orleans, La. – in April is a key destination for jazz fans with the French Quarter Jazz Festival in mid-April and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in late...

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