A friend of mine who is very spiritual by nature has a personal license plate that reads "B-STILL." He knows we must quiet ourselves to hear what God is saying to us. In today's Gospel (Mark 4:35-41), when a storm threatens to sink their boat, Jesus' disciples wake him for help. Jesus tells the sea, … Continue reading Jesus calms the storm
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Today the news media announced that Joe Biden has won the 2020 presidential election. Whoever you voted for, these words seem appropriate: "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there … Continue reading Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Living in the Spirit
Today’s homilist for this Second Sunday of Easter borrowed, I believe, from an essay by Ron Rolheiser. In the Gospel, Jesus breathes on his disciples and says to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” Fr. Rolheiser asks the question, what does it mean “to live in the Spirit?” In his answer he quotes St. Paul, who … Continue reading Living in the Spirit
A Tale of Two Easters
Last Easter, in April 2017, my wife and I spent the weekend with our youngest child in Boston, Mass., where she resided until last month. That Sunday morning I woke up first and sat facing the front windows of our daughter’s studio apartment, reading Margaret Silf’s book “Inner Compass: An Invitation to Ignatian Spirituality.” (Actually, … Continue reading A Tale of Two Easters
Retreating to my “mountaintop”
I return to my annual weekend retreat at Loyola Jesuit Center.
A good walk, not spoiled
A return to golf, with a greater appreciation for a life well blessed
Honoring veterans who have died during or after their military service
One of the principles of successful blogging is to blog consistently. We don’t have to blog every day or even every week. But whatever frequency we choose, we need to stick to it, as a discipline so that we will blog and to meet the expectations of those who may like our stuff enough to follow … Continue reading Catching up
Blinded by the light, then seeing it
A minor car accident reveals the good in people and situations.
“And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.” — Matthew 17:2 The Gospel reading from this past Second Sunday of Lent was about the Transfiguration of Jesus (Matthew 17:1-9). As John Foley, SJ, explains: “The apostles suddenly behold Jesus with his divinity shining forth. It … Continue reading Dazzling white