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

Dazzling white

“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

Who I truly am

Happy Ash Wednesday! Relatives,  friends, and I are reading "The Little Black Book," published by the Diocese of Saginaw, MI. It contains "six-minute reflections on the Passion according to John." Last Sunday's reflection was about prayer. It explained that prayer is “simply tuning in to God’s presence … within me at the deepest part of … Continue reading Who I truly am

Strength in numbers

In the past two weeks or so I attended the baptism of my older daughter's nephew (the son of her husband's brother), for whom she is the godmother; a birthday party for my 29-year-old son; a wake for the 56-year-old brother of my son’s father-in-law; and a memorial service for the 89-year-old mother of my … Continue reading Strength in numbers