When the Time is Right

Second Sunday of Advent Do we know how to wait?  And just because circumstances in the past have forced us to wait doesn’t mean we know how.  We’ve all waited at the airport,… Continue reading

Do-Overs, Reboots & Second Chances

First Sunday of Advent I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving holiday with your families. I thoroughly enjoyed having my family here this year. They all arrived late Wednesday, and the last… Continue reading

Christian Gratitude

Thanksgiving Day Thankfulness, I read somewhere, is not an innate quality in human beings.  We have to teach children to say “thank you” to the nice lady for the piece of candy –… Continue reading

Shepherd King

Thirty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Christ the King) Leadership is not an easy career path.  Yes, it can bring popular acclaim, prestige and all sorts of material rewards.  But from the vantage point of… Continue reading

The One Talent that Matters

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time The interactive reality-talent show “America’s Got Talent” just wrapped up its sixth season in September. The show is part of the global British “Got Talent” franchise that features singers,… Continue reading

Exceeding the Limits of Foolishness

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time A wise man once said, “All of us are foolish five times a day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.”  This statement, if at all true, still offers… Continue reading

The Power of Good Example

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Growing up, I didn’t always know what I wanted to be. My sister wanted to play “school” a lot, mostly because my mom was a high school science teacher.… Continue reading

The Only Kind That Matters

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time “I am compassionate,” says the God of Israel in the first reading from the book of Exodus. ‘Compassion’ pertains to ‘the sharing of suffering, or the bearing of hardship… Continue reading

Citizens of Heaven Above All

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Let’s talk about taxes.  On second thought, let’s not.  As the next election cycle rhetoric has gotten louder over the past few months, and as it gets even louder… Continue reading

In the Vineyard of the Lord

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time In the winter semester of my first year of theological studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington OH, I took a course titled “Introduction to Pastoral Ministry” with… Continue reading

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