It was the summer of 2007, and I was blessed to co-lead a group of St. John's University students on a service pilgrimage to Lourdes, France. A quick history lesson: Lourdes was a poor town where a teenage girl named Bernadette lived. In 1858, over a period of 5 months, Mary, the Blessed Mother, appeared… Continue reading LOOKING FOR A MIRACLE

Lessons from my 3 1/2 year old

Social distancing has provided the incredible blessing of precious with my beloved wife and my daughter, Shea. While we spent quality time together during those good old normal days of endless tasks, beating the clock, and struggling to get Shea's socks and shoes on before school, we now have an unprecedented amount of time together… Continue reading Lessons from my 3 1/2 year old

Discovering our True Self in Trying Times

During these trying times, my ability to spiritually reflect has been challenged by the constant "bad news" that arrives with the changing of the channel, most social media alerts, and "doomsday" text messages that are arriving more often than I can probably handle. Perhaps you can relate. I am feeling deeply for those who are… Continue reading Discovering our True Self in Trying Times


Tuesday night, I was blessed to attend the Broadway show, Girl from the North Country. Set to the soundtrack of Bob Dylan, it tells the story of strangers surviving at a boarding house in the 1930's. The family that runs the house provide the main storylines, but the guests add complexity and sorrow to the… Continue reading WHEN THINGS NO LONGER MAKE SENSE

What Can Our Sins Teach Us?

During this holy season, we may find ourselves focusing on the notions of sin and repentance. As difficult as this may be, exploring our sins present an opportunity for us to learn some important lessons about ourselves so we may truly grow in relationship with our God. The best definition of sin that I heard… Continue reading What Can Our Sins Teach Us?