Minding What Matters

First Sunday of Advent I saw a cartoon online earlier this week. A family is seated at the Thanksgiving dinner table with heads bowed in prayer, and a huge roasted bird sits at… Continue reading

Beyond Castles & Cathedrals

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time As far back as I can remember, I have always been fascinated with castles and cathedrals. It didn’t matter whether they lay in ruins or were still in… Continue reading

A Life We Can Never Imagine

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time With the 2016 presidential election cycle coming to a head this week, the candidates and their surrogates have been yelling louder and more insistently pressing their case before… Continue reading

Outcast

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time It looks like we have to talk about it today. It’s not a subject I know a lot about, so I had to do some research. And I… Continue reading

Election Cycle Blues

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time I have an app on my phone that counts down the days to November 8. 36 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes, 43 seconds, and counting. This is only… Continue reading

Reasonable Expectations

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Some years back when I was a newly-ordained priest teaching at an all-boys Catholic high school in New Orleans, my students would confront me on occasion with outrageous… Continue reading

More Than Just a Fan

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time In the fall of 2010 after the Parish Council retreat, I invited the people of St. John to consider the path before us. At that time, I had… Continue reading

We Have One Job

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time When I was growing up, dad was not our friend. Nor was mom, for that matter. They were our parents, and they behaved accordingly. Today they might pass… Continue reading

Lukewarm Faith is No Faith At All

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time There is a scene in the play Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling about six Southern women (oh yes, many times), when the lead actress M’Lynn Eatenton (played by… Continue reading

London, then Home

On Saturday we boarded a train at the GWR Station Cardiff for our last leg of this journey–London. We discovered that lunch is not served all day long, as it is back home.… Continue reading

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