As I reflected this past week on future posts for this website, in the midst of Impeachment hearings, the Coronavirus, and a number of other important issues, I felt an inner nudge to focus on the Super Bowl. At first thought, I wondered what is spiritual about the biggest sporting event in the United States.… Continue reading A Spiritual Take on the Super Bowl
Yesterday, I shared with the world the exciting news that Dreams Come True: Discovering God's Vision for your Life will be published on May 6th by New City Press. This book has been a dream come true for me. As sure as my vocations as father, husband, and minister, I am also a writer. While… Continue reading THE CALL TO BE FRUITFUL
By using your gifts and talents, by identifying and following your dreams, may you finally listen to, and respond to, God’s specific call that is yours. It is time. Let’s bring these dreams to life. In our divided world, we need dreamers like you to respond to that silent yet consistent nudge in the depth… Continue reading DREAMS COME TRUE
The first appearance of the sun was still a few hours away. I was sandwiched on the couch between my toddler who woke suddenly with a fever and my wife who was struggling with severe asthma. On this day when the larger Catholic Church would celebrate the Holy Family (Mary, Jesus, and Joseph), I prayerfully recognized… Continue reading A Snapshot of Holiness
Today, the Catholic Church celebrates the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This feast recalls Mary's conception in St. Anne's womb without sin. The belief is that for Mary to be the God-bearer, she had to be perfect, thus born without original sin. At the same time, scripture reminds us that she was very much human.… Continue reading Why Mary?
The second Sunday of Advent introduces John the Baptist. Beyond the locusts and honey, this intriguing figure invites us to consider repentance and preparation for God. St. John's University, an institution of higher education, with a mission rooted in faith, service, diversity, and academic excellence, while providing a home for often those excluded… Continue reading FINALS WEEK: FINDING AND REFLECTING GOD’S LOVE
Driving by a Lutheran Church yesterday, I noticed a large sign hanging above the doorway reading, "Refugees and Immigrants Welcome Here." This inspired this morning's Advent reflection, a result of some sleepless hours last night as this signage reminded me of the parade of cries that I am ignoring. The Holy Family, seeking safety, were… Continue reading SEEKING REFUGE