“Not a dime to my name”

Gospel Mk 12:38-44 In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds, "Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext recite lengthy …

Time, Suffering, and the Power of Prayer

I was chuckling at this meme today and it got me to thinking about time and prayer. It reminded me of something Padre Pio once said that really challenged my concept of time. One day, Padre Pio told his doctor, "I'm praying for the good death of my great-great grandfather." The doctor said, “but he …

Gratitude Attack

Every year, as the days grow shorter and the skies grayer, I feel immense gratitude. The crisp autumn air, brilliant leaves rustling on the trees, and gusty winds bringing them swirling down to crunch underfoot – it all makes me immensely happy. It makes me so happy that, during this season, a certain angle of the sun on the …

Losing the Masks this Lent

I was reading something that Marilyn Monroe wrote and it really resonated with me. Monroe wrote, “I’m finding that sincerity, and to be [as] simple and direct as I’d like, is often taken for sheer stupidity.” There is truth in her words. Sincerity and simplicity are not often-prized in modern times.  Rather, from the time …

New Year, New Beginnings

Everywhere I turn, I see articles about cleaning-out and organizing.  It’s “out with the old, in with the new,” as the old adage goes. I recently read a great article by Joshua Becker, an author who promotes “minimalist living” by getting rid of all the “stuff” we don’t really need. In it, he said, “You …

“The Word of God is Volatile”

  “The word of God is volatile.  It is unpredictable.  It produces a zeal that can be a little embarrassing.” I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard the priest at Mass yesterday. “Yes,” I thought to myself.  “It certainly is. I can’t believe I am writing a blog in the public domain  about my spiritual …