What Are Your Blessings?

This past summer, my kids and I decided to grow a garden. We planned on growing pumpkins, zucchini, corn, sunflowers and carrots—planned being the key word. By the end of August, our garden consisted of a few carrots, some dead zucchini and pumpkin plants, no corn and some gigantic sunflowers. The carrots...

Apocalypse Now?

What did it feel like to be with Jesus when he mentioned that “not a stone will be left upon another stone” when the Temple would be destroyed? That’s the thought that sparks my imagination whenever I read today’s Gospel selection (Lk 21:5-11). The disciples listening to Jesus immediately asked: When...

The Great Feast

As the fall and winter holidays roll around each year, I’m struck by the layers of memory that lie between the simplest things. My local nephew always hosts our Thanksgiving meal and each year we add new twists that soon become part of our tradition (here’s hoping that the emergency trip to buy a...

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...

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