Desert wandering @ 10K feet

A couple of weeks ago, I had a chance to be traveling back from the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (LAREC) in Anaheim. The flight from west coast to east coast, as anyone who has done it can attest, is long and, in the best of situations, uneventful, with sleep, a bit of food, maybe a movie or a...

Through the Clouds

It’s a cloudy day today in Cincinnati. It makes me think of our recent trip to the Religious Education Congress in Anaheim California. (It certainly wasn’t cloudy there!) I learned a lesson on the way about our outlook and how that colors our lives. You see, I stopped for a connecting flight in Chicago,...

Reflections on the Stigmata

I begin my reflections on the mystery of the stigmata (bodily marks resembling the wounds of the crucified Christ) by confessing that the first person I think of as having such bodily marks, apart from Jesus, is St. Francis of Assisi, who died in 1226. As the founder of the Franciscan Order, St. Francis is...

Green Side of the Grass

Last Sunday, February 9,  freezing rain and snow started around 6:00 a.m.  Due to the slippery roads, a lot of people could not make it to the 10:00 a.m. Mass. Afterwards I was talking to a friend, a senior citizen like myself, from our smaller than normal crowd. I commented that a lot of folks were...

Psalm 36: Sin Speaks to the Sinner

Today’s guest blogger is Jim Van Vurst, OFM, who is the assistant for the Poor Clare Nuns in the Midwest and is a contributor to Franciscan Media’s FREE e-newsletter A Friar’s E-spirations. The Book of Psalms was composed many centuries before Jesus’ time. The psalms are beautiful prayers that...

Embracing God’s Cross

We have no stingy God. Instead, our God always offers us grace after grace and then grace within grace. I wrote in an earlier post about being graced with a sense of being embraced and consoled in the merciful arms of our crucified God, a God who is always reaching out in self-forgetting love to embrace our...

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