An Icky, Awesome, Glorious Mess


27th Sunday in Ordinary Time First, I want to get this out of the way. Jesus’ closest friends happened to all be men, and were unaccustomed to taking care of children. So they… Continue reading

Welcome to the Mind of God


26th Sunday in Ordinary Time For a moment I invite us to imagine what it’s like to enter the mind of God. This is just a hypothetical exercise, so try not to wander.… Continue reading

Profile of a Disciple


25th Sunday in Ordinary Time I love crime drama, preferably intelligent crime drama, where the characters have depth, and answers to the burning questions aren’t so obvious. Every so often, it’s nice when… Continue reading

Bicheno & Launceston


We hit the road heading northeast from Hobart on the A3 toward the resort town of Bicheno a little over 3 hours away. Our hotel room overlooked the water, which wasn’t difficult to… Continue reading

Knowing the Right Answer is Not Enough


24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Face it. We like it when people think highly of us. When one of your teachers has something nice to say about you on your report card, or… Continue reading

Richmond & Australia’s Oldest Catholic Church


Today was a soft day. We took a day trip out of Hobart, and headed east to the village of Richmond. Our first stop was a bridge, the oldest such structure in Australia.… Continue reading

Hobart & Port Arthur


Tasmania in the winter can be brutal, but considering the winters I have seen in the northeast US and the Shenandoah Valley in my lifetime, the cold was a tad inconvenient. But next… Continue reading

Rebuilding a Life Beyond Outrage


22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Whether we like it or not, human traditions will form wherever human beings are found. It’s absolutely unavoidable. It’s very much like politics. Politics can only exist where… Continue reading

Weta Cave & Te Papa


I knew we would find the artist studios in Wellington that helped Peter Jackson create the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogies. Weta Cave, named after that ugly cricket indigenous to… Continue reading

Hell’s Gate in Rotorua


Although I am back home in Waynesboro, I did have a few more photos to share. After a full day visiting Hobbiton in Middle Earth, we went to soak in the mud pools… Continue reading

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